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Food and health are intrinsically linked, but we still have much to learn about the precise effects of nutrients on humans as well as optimal intake, bioavailability, and appropriate delivery formats.

Increased calorie availability ‘more than enough’ to explain obesity epidemic, says WHO bulletin report

Increases in the food energy supply in many countries of the world, leading to a higher availability of cheap energy-dense foods, is more than enough to explain a concurrent increase...

Cranberry juice could help lower diabetes and heart disease risk

Consumption of a low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail could help lower the risk of chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and stroke, say researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture...

Sugary drinks duty of 20% could lead to 2,400 fewer diabetes cases, says study

A 20% duty on sugary drinks in England could result in 2,400 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes and 1,700 fewer cases of stroke and coronary heart disease, according to...

News in brief

Oceania ADO warns athletes off food supplements

As the Pacific Games approaches in July the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (ORADO) has warned athletes not to take food supplements.

New Zealand

Epilepsy patient gets special dispensation to be treated with hemp oil

Though its hemp oil has not yet been approved as a medicine in New Zealand, one American supplier has been granted special permission to supply cannabidiol (CBD) oil to a...

Australia

Team looks for evidence that high-fibre diet can help asthma sufferers

Believing that simply by eating more fibre asthma sufferers could control their condition better, researchers in Australia are now preparing to prove their theory.

Too much time in front of a screen? Omega-3s may ease computer-related dry eye

Daily omega-3 supplements may improve symptoms of dry eye associated with prolonged exposure to computer screens, says a new study from India.

Special edition: Immune support

The key market data and ingredients in the immune health sector

Immune supplement sales were valued at an impressive $2.3 billion in 2013 (Nutrition Business Journal), and in this gallery we look at the key market trends and ingredients for this...

Special edition: Immune support

Researchers prescribe more red wine to give Kiwis immune boost

Auckland employers should be encouraging their staff to drink red wine after research from the city linked one of wine's key compounds with fewer sick days from work for the...

Ayurvedic herb shows anti-inflammatory promise, heart health potential

Extracts from the Ayurvedic herb Sphaeranthus indicus may reduce levels of inflammatory biomarkers and support cardiovascular health, says a new study.

Australia

Official figures: Australian diets lacking fruit and vegetables

Only half of Australians eat enough fruit and just six in 100 meet the recommended daily intake of vegetables, official data reveals.

Texas storms disrupt Qualitas algal production: ‘It’s a setback but we’re still in a unique position,’ says CEO

Recent heavy storms and flooding in Texas have impacted the algae production facility of Qualitas Health, but the company has already implemented an ‘emergency action plan’ and expects to be operating...

Fermented food intake linked to fewer anxiety symptoms: Study

Increased intakes of fermented foods may be associated with fewer symptoms of social anxiety, particularly for people at higher genetic risk, says a new study. 

Benecol enters China

Finnish food-agriculture giant Raisio has launched its cholesterol-lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand in China in a powder form via mostly medical channels in its big coastal cities.

Review takes probiotics for preterm infants ‘another step forward’

Supplementing enteral nutrition with a probiotic strain may reduce the risk of bowel tissue death and other serious health risks in premature infants, says a systematic review.

Kaneka loses CoQ10 infringement case; ordered to pay €80,000

Global CoQ10 leader Kaneka has lost a longrunning patent infringement case against French and Chinese suppliers and ordered to pay €80,000 in damages by a French appeals court.

Flaxseed supplements linked to improved blood pressure: Meta-analysis

Supplements of flaxseed may effectively management blood pressure, says a new meta-analysis of 15 clinical trials.

Opinion

Mock choc study highlights peer review pitfalls

It’s no secret the peer review system that is supposed to subject academic research to rigorous scrutiny before publication is not perfect, but a [mock] German professor has revealed just...

China

Nestlé: China’s children are lacking a balanced diet

A lack of dietary variety is creating nutritional imbalances in a large number of young children in urban China, a Nestlé-sponsored study suggests.

Special edition: Innovations in better-for-you confectionery

Brain boost and beauty gummies could enter mass-market, claims Hunziker

Gummies fortified with collagen peptide or magnesium could be money-spinners outside niche drugstore channels, says Swiss functional confectionery producer Hunziker.

Japan

Fukushima locals confident of produce as neighbours raise inspections

Eight out of 10 residents of Fukushima prefecture are comfortable buying local produce four years after the nuclear accident in 2011, according to a survey by local consumer groups.

Supplement launches that aims to help people prone to Type 2 diabetes make healthy lifestyle switch

Type 2 diabetes continues to stalk the US population. It’s a public health crisis that has created market opportunities, and one of the companies rushing to fill that breach is...

Probiotics may slash triglyceride levels: Study

Daily supplements of Lactobacillus curvatus HY7601 and L. plantarum KY1032 may significantly lower triglyceride levels, says a new study from Korea.

Fenugreek extract may boost woman’s healthy sexual desire: Human RCT

Daily supplements of an extract from Fenugreek may enhance female libido, say results of a double-blind randomized placebo controlled study.

Human data supports salmon oil’s ability to reduce oxidative stress

Supplements of salmon oil may reduce markers of oxidative stress, with no effects from additional multivitamins, says a new study from Australia.

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