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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.


Complementary health red tape review well received by industry

A final report by an independent review panel on how to streamline regulations in Australia’s complementary medicines sector has stressed the importance of cutting red tape.

Far East digest

Wide-ranging B. longum BB536 study shows multiple benefits for elderly

A nationwide survey of middle-aged and elderly Japanese consumers has found that those who take probiotic milk have better bone health, are less prone to some diseases and remember more...

Pollution partly to blame for India’s low vitamin D status

High levels of environmental pollution have been blamed for being among the causes for elevated vitamin D deficiency in India after a study found that three-quarters of the population did...

Soya milk better with phytosterols & inulin for LDL cholesterol: Study

Phytosterols and inulin added to soya milk has a more beneficial effect on low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol than soya milk alone, according to a study. 

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Medicine could grow on trees after research award

Taking medicine could one day be as simple as eating a sunflower seed or drinking a cup of tea, thanks to an award to a University of Queensland researcher. 

Asian demand for curcumin in cosmetics to drive market growth

Curcumin, derived from turmeric, is participating in the ongoing growth for the beauty and personal care market in the Asia Pacific region, a new report by Transparency Market Research has...

Tualang honey reduces risk of heart disease in smokers: Study

Malaysian researchers have found that Tualang honey supplementation reduced the oxidative stress status of smokers, suggesting its potential in reducing the risk of smoking-related cardio-vascular disease.

Nicotinamide breakthrough could help cut A$500m skin cancer bill

A year of treatment with nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, significantly lowered the risk of common, non-melanoma skin cancer in high-risk patients, according to Australian research published in the New...


What can you do in the face of a ‘flawed’ omega-3 research study?

How does the industry respond when a scientific study comes out that is critical of quality and label claim for an omega-3 fish oil supplement—and in the opinion of many...

Vitamin B could help sleepers realise their dreams

A University of Adelaide researcher is calling for participants to assist in a new national study investigating whether vitamin B can enhance dreaming. 

Lemon myrtle: Aboriginal functional favourite revived by Sydney Games

An indigenous Australian tree plant, used for tens of thousands of years by Aborigines before being forgotten after the arrival of Europeans Down Under, has the Sydney Olympics to thank...

Study supports cranberry’s heart health benefits

Drinking cranberry juice may improve vascular function and blood pressure, says a new study funded by the Cranberry Institute.

This week Down Under

Study finds calcium supplements have no benefit for old bones

Increasing calcium intake through diet or supplements should not be recommended for fracture or osteoporosis prevention, according to studies led by an Auckland University researcher.

Turning rice waste into protein

The EU-funded project BIORICE has discovered how to turn starch production waste into protein supplements.

Global seed data pool gains data of thousands of rice genomes

The International Rice Research Institute (Irri) has filed the genomic sequences of more than 3,000 rice varieties in a move that boosts plans to set up a global data exchange...

New lutein and zeaxanthin forms launched

Ingredient giants DSM and Kemin have debuted forms of lutein and zeaxanthin for use in tablets and soft gels via their partnership on the eye health carotenoids.

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.  

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.

Show floor insights

One-size-does-not-fit-all: India, China, Japan still rule but rest of Asia rising for BASF

German ingredients giant BASF is expanding its Asian footprint one gentle step at a time, with Food Ingredients-Asia stand footfall affirming ever-more dynamic food markets in Thailand and other Asia-Pacific...

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...

Soapbox - guest column

A body of proof for complementary medicine

Traditional and complementary medicines are widely used around the world and despite being frequently criticised for making unjustified clinical claims remain, the field remains one of the fastest growing areas...

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.

Multi-component formula shows potential eye health benefits for diabetics: RCT

Six months of supplementation with xanthophyll pigments, antioxidants and selected botanical extracts may improve visual function in diabetes, says a new 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.

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