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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.

One in five Aussie sports supplements may be contaminated

A survey of untested sports supplements available in Australia found 19% were contamination with substances banned in sport.

Zhaolong Foods to produce China’s first gum with organic tea ingredient

Zhaolong Foods has secured the patent from Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) to manufacture China’s first gum with organic tea polyphenols.

Microbiome modulation may aid symptoms of autism: Study

The use of diet and functional foods to alter the microbiota and impact the gut-brain axis could be a promising strategy for people with autism spectrum disorder, say researchers.

Personalised nutrition: Listening to the gut microbiome

Personalised diets may provide diabetics with a more natural way of controlling the post-meal spikes in blood sugar glucose that are linked to obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, a study...

Study shows 3-carotenoid formula boosts visual performance for non-impaired subjects

Researchers in Ireland have concluded via a long term trial that supplementation with three carotenoids—lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin—can improve the visual performance of subjects who had normal vision to start....

Personalised nutrition held back by ‘lack of trust and transparency’

The progress of personalised nutrition is being hampered by the food industry’s ‘lack of trust and transparency,’ in product composition and effects on health.

Pregnancy multivitamins: A waste of expectant mothers’ money?

So-called multivitamin and mineral pregnancy supplements are “an unnecessary expense” for most expectant mothers, according to a review of current UK guidance for pregnancy supplementation. Yet industry has called the statements dangerously...

New study explores potential nutritional benefits of Alhydwan seed

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of Alhydwan seed—outside of Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, it's relatively unheard of.

Japanese fermented gobo holds prebiotic potential

A newly identified prebiotic enzyme produced from fermented vegetables could improve colon health, say researchers.

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