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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.

South Asia radius

Indian nutraceuticals market to touch $6bn by 2020

Indian nutraceuticals market to touch $6bn by 2020


Chance finding sees high-fat diet triggering dangerous gene activity

A surprise discovery in fat mice will lead to novel treatments for obesity and type-2 diabetes in humans, according to new research from South Australia.

‘Demonstrating efficacy through clinical trials will drive future marketing’: JBSL-USA President

Nattokinase, an enzyme extracted from fermented soy, has seen tremendous growth in recent years, with its foundation of science key to driving future marketing and consumer understanding, says Vincent Hackel,...

High fat diet in middle age could raise later malnutrition risk

A high energy intake from total fat, saturated fat and monounsaturated fat in middle and older age increases the risk of malnutrition ten years later, say Swedish researchers.


Partial to 32kg of chocolate a year, Aussies told they must eat better

Around two-thirds of Australians are obese and consume on average a quantity of chocolate each year equivalent to a passenger’s first-class baggage allowance on long-haul flights, Csiro, the country’s government...

Curcumin for sports nutrition? RCT supports role for pain reduction after heavy exercise

Supplements of curcumin, the yellow pigment that gives turmeric its color, may reduce pain associated with exercise, and perhaps boost performance, says a new study.

special edition: Protein

Entrepreneur's frustration in marketing cheap protein for India's poor

There’s no shortage of children in India in need of cheap, high-quality and—crucially—vegetarian protein. Trouble is, there’s a chronic lack of companies wanting to produce it, and governments to promote...

Vitamin E tocotrienol-tocopherol complex shows endothelial benefits: Rat data

A combination of tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol may help support endothelial function, but the effects were not observed when the tocotrienols were used alone, says a new study.

Tiny plants with huge potential: Introducing two new players to the plant-based protein market

Two firms that generated a lot of buzz at the IFT show this year were Parabel and Hinoman, which are both selling brand new nutrient-packed ingredients from tiny aquatic plants....

Prebiotics improve gut microbiota in obese kids: Study

A prebiotic-rich diet may shift the gut microbiota profiles of obese children to a more beneficial profile, regardless of whether the obesity was related to lifestyle or genetics, says a...

Could beetroot juice help you exercise for longer?

Chronic consumption of beetroot juice may improve cardiovascular health and potentially delay the onset of fatigue in healthy people, says a new study.

Is one large weekly dose of omega-3 more effective than smaller daily doses?

A big weekly dose of omega-3s may lead to greater omega-3 deposits in body tissues than smaller daily doses, says a new study from Australia.

This week Down Under

Unhealthy Australia now one of the world’s biggest salt consumers

Unhealthy Australia now one of the world’s biggest salt consumers

Skipping breakfast may put diabetics at risk of dangerous blood sugar spikes, warn researchers

Diabetics who skip breakfast may be provoking hazardous blood sugar spikes by fasting until lunch, according to new research.

Special Edition: Feed Safety

Experts identify inherent risks in algae, insects as feed and call for more robust risk assessment measures

Heightened national risk assessment is seen as decisive in mitigating both existing and new hazards, said the two bodies behind a recent international feed risk analysis event in Rome.

China direct

Grandparents largely to blame for China’s spiking childhood obesity

Grandparents largely to blame for China’s spiking childhood obesity

Kyowa’s Sustamine may delay onset of exhaustion during exercise: Study

Consuming a sports drink containing the dipeptide L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine during strenuous exercise increase endurance and lengthen time to fatigue, says a new study using Kyowa Hakko’s Sustamine ingredient.

Science short

Green tea extracts fail to protect skin against UV

A combination of green tea extracts and vitamin C may not protect skin from sun burn, says a new double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial from England.

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