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Yakult at Probiota 2015: “We want to be clear that before we invest we need to have some dialogue with EFSA...”

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

Yakult and leading academics expressed frustration at what they see as unfair and opaque scientific requirements around probiotic health claims in the European Union – but how much is industry...

Soapbox

Behind the rhetoric, industry relies on a contract of trust

Warren Buffett once said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

New patented probiotic for Nestlé toddler formula

Nestlé and Swedish-based supplier BioGaia have announced the launch of a new toddler formula containing the patented probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to atherosclerosis

A low vitamin D intake during childhood is associated with a higher risk of sub-clinical atherosclerosis in adulthood, researchers in Finland have found.

Healthy or toxic? The conflicting images of antioxidants

Benefit-risk ratios must be established for each antioxidant separately, considering risk groups and dosage, according to researchers reviewing polarised perceptions of vitamin E and beta-carotene.

India

India on way to developing more drought-resistant variety of rice

A US-India commercial research project has hit a milestone in its goal to develop water use efficient (WUE) rice.

News in brief

Scandinavian herring roe starting to deliver on omega-3 promise

Herring by-products like immature roe are proving a bountiful source for omega-3s in Norway, with research showing strong market potential.

Australia

Glucosamine and chondroitin trial results lauded by non-pharma body

Australia’s complementary healthcare lobby has welcomed the results of a study that shows that the benefits of taking glucosamine and chondroitin for osteoarthritis of the knee are equivalent to taking...

New Zealand

Mice study: TCM-derived flavonoid could quell diabetes symptoms

A study led by researchers in New Zealand suggests that an antioxidant can greatly improve symptoms related to obesity and type II diabetes by reversing inflammation in the brain caused...

India

Nutraceutical sales to treble, though regulations aren’t strong enough

India’s nutraceuticals industry is expected to nearly treble by 2020 largely because of the country’s changing lifestyle and attitudes to fitness.

Probiotic pill shows promise in blood sugar management and battling diabetes: Rat data

A genetically engineered strain of human gut bacteria from the lactobacillus family could help to slash in incidence of high blood sugar by up to 30%, according to new research...

GM folate rice could help tackle neural tube defects, say researchers

Rice metabolically engineered to be rich in folates could help alleviate associated health problems of folate deficiency, according to researchers.

Special Edition: Blood Sugar Management

Evidence continues to bolster polyphenols' blood sugar management story despite murky mode of action

Although the mechanism of action is somewhat unclear, polyphenols have a solid and growing body of research backing their effect on the regulation of blood sugar levels, experts say.

Opinion

On the spike: The curious case of a contaminated sports supplement

‘Don’t take sports supplements, they can’t be trusted’ was the takeaway message from Welsh track stars Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton after the recent UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) tribunal agreed steroids...

Hot topic

Join the free FoodNavigator-Asia infant nutrition forum on Wednesday

On Wednesday, January 21 FoodNavigator-Asia will be holding its first free online forum under the banner "Red flags and white gold: Marketing infant formula in Asia-Pacific". Join us as a panel...

News in brief

BioGaia to launch ProTectis drops in Vietnam through VietPhap

Vietnamese pharmaceutical company VietPhap International has been given the rights to sell BioGaia’s ProTectis probiotic baby drops in its home market.

Soapbox

How hemp seed oil could offer new hope to epilepsy sufferers

It is well established that the brain has metabolic requirements that must be satisfied by what we eat or in the case of infants, “what their mother eats”. In particular,...

Cocoa intake may delay progression of type 2 diabetes: Rat study

Cocoa intake may delay the progression of factors associated with type 2 diabetes, according to a study in rats.

Fertility food supplement targets older couples

An Israeli firm has debuted ‘his, her’s and theirs’ food supplements aimed at boosting the fertility of ageing couples who want children - the chances of pregnancy drop to as...

New Zealand

Feijoa and blackberry could give new focus for inflammation treatment

New Zealand scientists believe that feijoa and blackberry extracts could be central to the development of new treatments for inflammatory bowel disease after the two fruits came top of a...

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic...

Soapbox

Finding right omega 3 and 6 ratio is key to protecting cell membranes

While many people are eager to rid themselves of as much fat as possible, there is still one part of the body really should contain a large quantity of it....

New Zealand

High-fibre diet improves lung health in smokers

Auckland University researchers have found that a diet that is high in fibre helps reduce harmful inflammation in the lungs of smokers.

Investigation

‘Fatally flawed’ review puts Aus research council’s methods in doubt

The methods of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council have been panned after expert opinion branded its review of evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy as “shoddy” and “fatally...

Research into amino acids' purported nitric oxide effects will help dispel clouds of protein pumping, experts say

Ongoing research into the effects of individual amino acids will both substantiate their possible effects and counteract the negative assumption that they have been added to sports nutrition products solely...

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