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The industry can help address nutritional deficiencies that affect certain communities and consumer groups. With access to foods fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, every child can reach its full potential.

Flavonoid intakes linked to lower depression risk for women: Harvard study

Higher dietary intakes of flavonoids from fruit, vegetables and herbs are associated with a lower risk of depression in older women, says a new study from Harvard scientists.

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.

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....

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.

Feature: The fight against global malnutrition

Can rice become a large-scale micronutrient fortification staple?

For many years, countries across the developing world have fortified staples such as maize flour, wheat flour and oil with micronutrients that are deficient in the diet. In Nigeria, for...

Rising global demand sees DSM shift vitamin B6 production to China

Global ingredients supplier DSM has started production of vitamin B6 at its new state-of-the-art facility in Xinghuo, China.

Gut-targeted supplement shown to ‘switch off’ food cravings in study

A supplement based on a molecule produced by gut bacteria could be used to suppress the appetite for high-calorie foods, according to a study. 

Prebiotics & probiotics may ease gut-centric chronic fatigue syndrome: Study

Signs of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have been found in the gut bacteria in research conducted at Cornell University, which questions whether the disease originates in the brain.

News in brief

Omega Health takes Australian-sourced omega-3s to China

A specialist Australian algae and fish oil supplier will tackle China’s high-end dietary supplements market by exporting home-sourced omega-3 products.

Academics announce Sino-British probiotics research centre

Chinese academics have collaborated with British counterparts to launch a UK-China Joint-Centre for Probiotic Research.

China direct

Biosearch Life probiotic approved in China for infant formula use

Spanish probiotics, omega-3 and extracts supplier Biosearch Life has been given approval for the sale of its Lactobacillus fermentum CECT5716 LC40 probiotic strain by China’s Family Planning and National Health...

Joint health rich field for innovation, panelists agree

Joint health is seen as an innovative category, whereas bone health is a more stable, mature market, said participants in yesterday’s Brand Panel in William Reed’s online Bone & Joint...

Marine & plant-based omega-3s may lower risk of heart attack deaths

Eating both seafood and plant-based omega-3s could mean a lower risk of dying from heart attack, a meta-analysis has found. Previously, evidence surrounding plant-based omega-3 benefits for the heart has been...

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The omega-3 index project: A moral and economic imperative

According to the Global Organisation for EPA & DHA Omega-3s (GOED), global sales of the supplements are valued at US$3.9bn. But growth has slowed considerably during the last several years...

Gut health and activity benefits from food’s short stay in the gut

Food that travels faster through the gut results in bacteria producing less harmful by-products in the digestive system, resulting in a healthier gut environment, according to a study.

Eating cereal fibre could reduce heart disease & cancer deaths – analysis

Regularly eating cereal fibre could reduce the risk of heart disease-related deaths by up to 18% and cancer mortality by 15%, a new analysis claims.

News in brief

Omega-3 may reduce heart patients’ hospital stay, study finds

Cardiac surgery patients given omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) beforehand found their hospital stay reduced by up to 2.4 days, an analysis has suggested. 

CHINA

Bamboo shoots may offer prebiotic potential

Newly identified polysaccharides from bamboo shoots have the potential to be used as functional ingredients by industry, say researchers.

Don't be fooled by yogurt claims, only ‘clinically documented’ probiotics can offer health benefits, says scientist

Consumers are being led to believe that many yogurts contain probiotic strains beneficial to their health, but that is not always the case, according to CHR Hansen principal scientist, Mirjana...

Mycoprotein reduces hunger and diabetes risk in overweight people

Eating mycoprotein could reduce appetite and risk of diabetes in overweight people, new research suggests.

Not so fast: First fasting supplement takes cautious approach to claims

Start-up Nowrish has launched the first fasting supplement - a mix of vitamins, minerals and herbs formulated to support the body’s cleansing, immune, digestive and energy production systems during periods...

Doctor's Best sold to Chinese company, extending trend in industry

The Doctor’s Best brand of supplements has been sold to a major Chinese ingredient manufacturer, which is part of a trend in the industry, one observer said.

Study supports cranberry + probiotics combination for anti-UTI benefits

A combination of proanthocyanidins (c-PAC) derived from cranberries with select probiotic strains may reduce the invasiveness of Escherichia coli, and help protect against urinary tract infections (UTIs).

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