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Global health & wellness investment activity ahead of 2015

The food and nutrition space is vibrant and in rude health according to latest merger, acquisition and investment figures globally.

Australia

Diabetics should be wary of paleo diet ‘hype’

The Australian Diabetes Society president has said people with type 2 diabetes should be wary of social media hype about the benefits of going on the paleo diet, arguing there...

Malaysia study: Vitamin D deficiency risk for epileptic children

Malaysian children undergoing long-term treatment for epilepsy are at significant risk of vitamin D deficiency, with youngsters of Indian ethnicity especially affected, a study has found.

Australia

Industry slams call to halt complementary medicine sales in pharmacies

Australia's natural nutrition industry body has come out fighting after a government review into pharmacy regulations in the country published concerns over the sale of complementary medicines.

Australia

‘Demonising’ single nutrients hinders fight against obesity

Blaming fat, carbohydrate or sugar in isolation as causes of an obesity crisis has run its course and is limiting the ability to tackle its associated health problems.

Fish oil may reduce muscle soreness after exercising: Study

High dose omega-3 supplements may reduce delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) after resistance training in untrained women, says a new study from Baylor University.

This week Down Under

Fourth time lucky? Aus-NZ officials consider hemp's safety once again

Australia’s food safety regulators have once again called for submissions on whether to permit the sale of food derived from the seeds of low-THC hemp. 

Chinese region: One-in-three adults overweight and one-in-seven obese

The regular intake of meat and alcohol are among the primary nutritional factors causing one-in-three adults in a Chinese province to be overweight and one-in-seven obese, new research has found.

‘Anti-blood clot’ fermented soybean extract safe, says EFSA

A fermented soybean extract that claims to help prevent blood clots is safe for use in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded following a novel food application...

Soybean by-product tipped as alternative prebiotic

By-product Okara, otherwise known as ‘soy pulp’ or ‘tofu dreg’, is a promising novel prebiotic, according to researchers testing the ingredient in a human gut model. 

Could seaweed bioactive help fight food allergies?

Bioactives found in a certain form of commercial red algae could help to counter symptoms of food allergies, say researchers.

Probiotics may promote weight loss and reduce BMI

Consumption of probiotic ‘good bacteria’ could reduce body weight and body mass index (BMI) scores according to a new Chinese meta-analysis.

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Rewarding innovation: How to address natural nutrition's IP dilemma

At a time when the Australian natural nutrition industry is worth A$4.2bn (US$1.8bn), companies face stiff competition as they set out to access to bigger overseas markets, helped by our...

Superfood potential: Cockroach milk could be ‘fantastic protein supplement’

A ‘highly nutritious’ secretion from cockroaches has potential to be a new superfood ingredient for foods and supplements, say researchers.

RCT supports Ashwagandha root extract’s weight management potential

Supplements of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root extract may help people with chronic stress manage their body weight, says a new study from India.

Sun-drenched Australians still in need of vitamin D supplementation

Guidance by an independent British committee of experts that advises everyone to take the so-called “sunshine vitamin” whatever the weather has been well received in Australia, where up to 58%...

UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

The UK government has introduced legislation that would make a company’s failure to fall in line with EU infant formula and baby food marketing laws a criminal offence subject to...

Rat study finds rancid fish oil deadly, but humans shouldn't worry

A third of the offspring of rats fed with high doses of oxidised fish oil during pregnancy did not survive beyond two days, a New Zealand-authored study has found, prompting...

‘A milestone’: Pomegranate metabolite shows anti-aging potential

A metabolite from pomegranate compounds may improve mitochondrial and muscle function and enhance endurance during aging, says a new study from Switzerland.

Analysis finds no safety concerns for calcium supplements and heart health

There are “no compelling associations” between calcium supplementat use and increased risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, says a new study.

Review supports the appetite control effects of Taiyo’s Sunfiber

As little as two grams per day of Sunfiber, Taiyo’s proprietary form of guar fiber, may help reduce calorie intake from snacking by as much as 20%, according to a...

Chinese firms boosting nutrition market share by shopping overseas

Strong demand for healthcare products and growing recognition of overseas brands is driving more Chinese companies to find overseas corporate targets, according to market intelligence provider CCM .

Resveratrol analogue shows nutraceutical promise

A naturally occurring resveratrol analogue known as oxyresveratrol could provide industry with better water solubility whilst maintaining potential health benefits, say researchers.

PureCircle invests $100 million in stevia agronomy program

Stevia giant PureCircle is expanding its agronomy program to more than 15 stevia plant growing regions around the world and further developing its farming footprint outside of China.

Garlic consumption affects breast milk, says study

Eating garlic can lead to a garlic smell and the presence of garlic-derived compounds in breast milk, but transmission is more complex than previously thought, according to a new study.

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