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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.

Verde Media forges ahead on production of low-cost microbial omega-3s

Verde Media Group is moving forward with construction of a pilot plant in Asia that will validate its production technology that the company said will yield lower cost omega-3s from...

Australia

Anti-doping lab now targeting Australian sports nutrition market

Now with backing from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), international anti-doping laboratory LGC is moving to test nutritional supplements for prohibited substances Down Under.

Works with Water Nutraceuticals revamps business strategy to cash in on supplement demand

After identifying significant growth opportunities across export markets and online, ‘Works with Water Nutraceuticals’ has completely revamped its skin supplement range in an effort to drive sales and brand awareness....

Japanese dairy backs bifidobacteria

Scientists have called new discoveries from leading Japanese dairy product company Morinaga Milk Industry on popular probiotic genus bifidobacteria, “an interesting first step”.

Malaysia

Diabetes expert: Rice is obese Malaysia's most dangerous junk food

The causes behind the rise in obesity and diabetes in Asia’s most overweight country, Malaysia, are very different to those in the Western world, according to one of the Southeast...

Vitamin C supply: Aland deal won’t change DSM’s global ranking

The vitamin C landscape ‘will not change materially’ with DSM’s acquisition of China-based vitamin C maker, Aland, said an analyst, as the Dutch group announced the finalization of the deal...

Chlorella supplements show cardiovascular benefits: Human data

Daily supplements containing Chlorella may reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with mildly elevated cholesterol levels, says a new study from Korea.

Heliae enters joint venture to produce astaxanthin in Japan via hybrid algal technology

Astaxanthin has been a red-hot ingredient in the United States for several years and demand is ramping up worldwide. To meet that demand in the Japanese market, Heliae, an algae...

Swisse Wellness withdraws from US to focus on global brand building, but vows, ‘we’ll be back bigger and better!’

Swisse Wellness’ global growth is continuing with new office set to open in Europe and Asia soon, but global expansion will require a re-allocation of US resources and a withdrawal...

China

After much waiting, China establishes long-chain omega 3 guidelines

China has finally published official dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids—a move that is expected to help thousands of its consumers who are at...

Replacing sat fats with polyunsaturated fats is ‘questionable’

Researchers have questioned the practice of replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, claiming that there is ‘much evidence’ that doing the opposite is more relevant.

Special edition: Oils & fats

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

If the cover of TIME magazine earlier this month (headline: Eat Butter) is anything to go by, it would seem that the conversation about fat, and saturated fat in particular,...

Probiotics may help elite athletes fight infections: Rugby study

Daily probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory tract infections for professional rugby players, says a new study from New Zealand. 

Australia-China

Scientists link poor nutrition with chronic diseases for first time

International research involving the University of Adelaide has shown for the first time that poor nutrition, including a lack of fruit, vegetables and whole grains, is associated with the development...

Follow-up formula shows immune-support potential: RCT

Results of a randomized clinical trial with three- and four-olds indicate that follow-up formula containing a combination of DHA, prebiotics, and yeast beta-glucan may support the immune systems of the...

Regulations overhaul proceeding rapidly in Japan, ASEAN

Efforts to reform the way dietary supplements are regulated in Japan and the ASEAN are proceeding with startling speed, attendees of an event in Salt Lake City were told yesterday....

Special edition: Bone & Joint Health

A declining global market but a rising interest in vegetable-sourced material: ‘Glucosamine is not going to fade away,’ says ENI CEO

The emergence of multiple scientifically-supported joint health ingredients and increased consumer interest in sourcing is driving a downturn for glucosamine, but vegetable sourced versions are on the rise, says the...

Black tea shows cholesterol-busting potential: Meta-analysis

Regular consumption of black tea may reduce LDL cholesterol levels, but has no effect on HDL cholesterol, according to a new meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

A metropolitan detox: Broccoli could be 'frugal, simple and safe' way of reducing risks of air pollution

Daily consumption of half a cup of a broccoli sprout beverage increased participants' ability to excrete the carcinogen benzene and lung irritant acrolein, according to research in China.

Herb shows gastro benefits: Study

Supplementation with Vital Solutions’ proprietary Benegut perilla frutescens leaf extract offers substantial relief from gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort, say researchers.

ISAPP consensus: Gut, yes. Immunity, no (for now)

Time to recognise ‘core benefits of certain probiotics’: ISAPP

The evidence has grown so strong for the best-documented probiotic strains that a generic digestive health claim should exist, according to a consensus statement from leading international researchers published this...

Calgon in your joint health supplements? Experts identify recently discovered adulterant of chondroitin sulfate

The dietary supplements industry has been advised to implement effective ingredient testing methods for chondroitin after a team of industry and analytical experts identified a recently discovered adulterant as sodium...

Saturated fat intake may affect genetic obesity risk

Reducing saturated fat intake may influence the expression of certain genetic ‘predispositions’ towards obesity, according to US research.

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'Adolescents don't know what they're drinking': Energy drinks study warns

Australian academics warn that young adolescents can easily identify energy drinks brands such as Red Bull or Monster, but are unaware of key ingredients including caffeine, guarana and taurine, and...

Australia

Scientists link poor pre-pregnancy diet with premature birth

Women trying to become pregnant should avoid junk food after scientists discovered the link between poor diet and an increased risk of giving birth prematurely. 

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