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Iodine excess linked to thyroid disease in lactating women

Excessive iodine intake may cause thyroid disease in lactating women and should be monitored as closely as deficiency, Chinese research of 343 women has said.  

SE Asia dairy focus

Dairy debunked: Ingredients could benefit SE Asian physiology

For generations, Southeast Asia has been a black hole for dairy, mainly because lactose has been seen as incompatible with regional physiology. But that is changing, says Sharon Gerdes, a...

“largest dataset ever published”

Probiotics deliver significant defecation benefits in healthy people: Study

One of the largest probiotic clinical interventions has found significant improvement in gut health in healthy people.

Animal and plant proteins have equal benefits for diabetic blood sugar control

High protein diets, from both animal and plant sources, improve blood sugar control in diabetic patients, according to new research.

Probiotics can change infant gut bacteria to prevent cow milk allergy: Study

Infants with allergies to cow’s milk can become tolerant after treatment with hydrolysed casein and a probiotic formula which alters their gut microbiome, according to a new study.

‘Problems abound’ for protein ingredients, says report

Protein ingredients are facing major challenges in developed markets, with stagnation in technical applications and uncertainty over health and sports markets, according to a report from Giract.

Beans match beef for satiety – but consumers don’t expect it to

Beans match beef for satiety thanks to their combination of protein and fibre - but consumers don't expect to feel as full as when they eat meat, researchers have found.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Whole grain consumption by pregnant women in Singapore critically low

The first study of its kind has found the intake of whole grains by pregnant women in Singapore is below international guidelines, potentially increasing their risk of developing gestational diabetes.

Zooming into protein trends region by region

Protein has been topping the ‘hottest ingredient’ lists for a while now - but how does demand break down region by region?Has the sugar backlash...

JAMA study links low vitamin D levels to ‘profound’ and ‘rapid’ cognitive decline

Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency may have “substantial” accelerating effects on cognitive decline in the elderly, says a new study from UC Davis and Rutgers University.

Soy isoflavones show bone health benefits for older women – regardless of equol production

Supplementation with soy isoflavones may help preserved bone health in post-menopausal women, says a new study.

Kaneka gains EU novel food extension for liquorice extract

Japanese supplier Kaneka has secured an extension for the Novel Food status of its liquorice extract Glavonoid, which is now approved for use in medical foods and energy-restricted diets.

Krill and fish oil supplements equally effective at boosting omega-3 levels, says DSM study

There are no differences in blood levels of omega-3 after consuming equal doses of fish oil or krill oil, says a new study from scientists at DSM.

China moves to reduce the number of domestic infant formula products

China has revised legislation to further reduce the number of domestically manufactured infant formula products.

Guest article

Omega-3s and cognition: dosage matters!

Yet another study questioning omega-3 efficacy has been picked up by the mainstream press. Why finger the nutrient when the dosage is all wrong? argues Adam Ismail, executive director of...

Onion extracts lower blood pressure for hypertensives: study

Taking onion skin-derived food supplements of the flavonol quercetin can lower blood pressure for people with hypertension, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition.


Oz nutraceuticals exports grow by over one-third in last two years

Australia’s natural health lobby has welcomed the latest data that shows Australian complementary medicines exports to Asia have more than doubled in the last year.

Study confirms blood sugar management potential of chromium picolinate

Supplements of chromium picolinate may help to control blood sugar levels in people with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, says a new study from Brazil.

Vitamin D cuts asthma exacerbation by 74% in children: Review

Vitamin D supplementation may cut the risk of asthma exacerbation in children but it does not impact respiratory infections in healthy children, a review has found.

Coffee polyphenol may help manage blood sugar in healthy people: Study

Polyphenols from coffee may improve blood sugar levels and boost endothelial function in healthy men, says a new study from Japan.

“Omega-3s, from fish or supplements, should be consumed throughout life," says GOED

Omega-3 supplements fail to halt cognitive decline in the elderly, says AREDS 2 data

One gram per day of EPA plus DHA omega-3s does not appear to slow normal age-related cognitive decline in people over 70, suggests data from the AREDS 2 eye study.

Vitamin D has no real benefit for obese teens’ heart health or diabetes risk, pilot study suggests

Supplementing obese teens with high doses of vitamin D may not have benefits on endothelial functions related to the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, say researchers.

Far East digest

Heavy-drinking Koreans seeing obesity skyrocket

Obesity has emerged as one of South Korea’s biggest threats to health, according to a study released by the National Health Insurance Service last week. 

Beyond malnutrition: Food security means food supply

Food security is not just about hunger and poverty – it must move into the mainstream as the challenge of feeding nine billion people comes into sharper focus, according to...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia diabetes rate doubles since 2011

An official study has shown that the instance of diabetes had more than doubled in Malaysia over the last four years.

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