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Industry body slams ‘misguided’ article on complementary medicines

A recent editorial published in the Medical Journal of Australia that attempted to dismiss the benefits of complementary medicines was “misguided”, according to the industry’s representative body.

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NutraIngredients Readers Awards are open...cast your vote!

Have your say and vote to decide who will win Readers’ Ingredient of the Year and Readers’ Food Supplement of the Year at this year’s NutraIngredients Awards.

Prestigious Award Ceremony, Geneva, Switzerland, May 11, 2016

NutraIngredients Awards finalists announced. 11 categories, 33 potential winners

More than 120 high-quality entries made choosing finalists difficult but our crack judging panel have done it, and 33 stand-out products and ingredients have made the final cut in the...

Algae-derived calcium positively builds bone in older people: Study

Daily supplementation with algae-derived calcium may increase bone mineral density in healthy women with age-related bone loss, according to a long term study.

Study supports magnesium threonate potential for cognitive health

Supplementation with magnesium threonate may improve cognitive function in older individuals with memory and concentration issues, say results of a randomized, controlled, double-blind study.

South Asia radius

Indian teen obesity doubles as diabetes rates soar

The number of obese teenagers in India has nearly doubled over the last five years at a time when diabetes rates are also seeing a consistent increase.

Phood fight continues: Germany & Belgium warn on red yeast rice

Fresh safety warnings from the Belgian and German authorities highlight the need for member state compromise on the classification of monacolin K from red yeast rice, a consumer group says.

News in brief

Fonterra looks for Anmum success in NZ

Fonterra’s infant nutrition brand Anmum, which is currently available in Asia, can now be purchased by New Zealand families.

Study: Excesses salt in pregnancy could damage baby’s liver

Chinese researchers believe that exposure to high levels of salt could lead to foetal liver damage.

Multivitamins can safely improve nutrient supply and overcome problems of inadequacy

A daily multivitamin/mineral supplement can help fill nutrient shortfalls “without concern for its long-term safety”, says a new review paper from Germany.

JAMA: Cranberry for UTIs is the only herbal supported by some scientific evidence

Herbal medications and supplements are lacking clear proof of any beneficial effects, except cranberry for UTIs, states a new Patient Page in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Survey: Australians fed up with fad diets

The overwhelming majority of Australians are fed up with food trends and fad diets, with 94% of them viewing these as status symbols, according to research.

Aster spathulifolius extract shows weight management potential: Human data

Twelve weeks of supplementation with extracts of Aster spathulifolius Maxim may reduce body weight by over 4%, says a new study from Korea.

Tongkat Ali extract may support immune health: Study

A standardized root water extract of Eurycoma longifolia (Tongkat Ali) may support immune health for middle-aged people, says a new randomized controlled trial.

Global seaweed production standard gets green light

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has moved a step closer to its ambitious goal of creating a global certification standard for seaweed production after announcing it will be working on...

High carotenoid intake linked to younger biological age

Increased level of blood carotenoids may slow cellular ageing, says a new study from Seoul National University in Korea.

Dateline Southeast Asia

One-third of Singapore's young face diabetes, rate to double by 2030

Growing obesity in children and young adults is set to worsen already-high rates of diabetes in Singapore, according to epidemiologists there. 

Food Vision Asia 2016 preview

Consumers ‘leanwashed’ by belief that exercise is key to weight loss

Food companies are responsible for “leanwashing” consumers by persuading them that a lack of exercise, rather than an unhealthy diet, is the primary cause of obesity, a Hong Kong-based researcher...

Spice up your life: Cinnamon’s weight loss potential

The active compound in cinnamon may be a more tolerable weight loss ingredient than chilli pepper's capsaicin, a small exploratory clinical trial backed by Nestlé finds.

This week Down Under

Salt study sounds alarm bells over childhood diet and obesity

Almost three quarters of Australian primary schoolchildren consume too much salt, leading them to be at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese, a Deakin University study has found.

Latest studies suggest probiotics may reverse childhood malnutrition

As more studies suggesting the benefits and safety of probiotics emerge, the executive director of the International Probiotics Association foresees probiotics to play a larger role against global health crises.

Aged garlic may help reduce blood pressure, boost heart health: Study

Supplements of aged garlic (Allium sativum) may reduce mean blood pressure by 5.0 mmHg in uncontrolled hypertensives, says a new study funded by Wakunaga of America Co.

Morbid obesity in Korean schools has doubled in 10 years

Children have grown wider faster than they have become taller over the last decade in South Korea, where childhood obesity rates have shot up.

Omega-3 supplements in pregnancy reduces baby's anaemia risk, study finds

Taking omega-3 supplements while pregnant may help prevent or reduce the risk of anaemia in newborns, a study has concluded.

Vitamin K supplements may improve glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity: Review

Supplements of vitamin K1 and K2 may help reduce the risk of diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism, says a new review of the scientific literature.

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