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Kaneka reworks Ubiquinol CoQ10 amid counterfeit concerns

CoQ10 leader Kaneka has re-worked its Ubiquinol branded CoQ10 heart, immunity, skin and energy nutrient in response to it “increasingly being imitated by fake products of inferior quality.”

The rise of adaptogenic herbs: ‘These herbs help mitigate stress & we live in a stressful environment’

Interest in adaptogenic herbs is increasing, but how does industry communicate the benefits to consumers, and which herbs work this way?

India

Arjuna Natural to launch amaranthus-based nitrate booster

Kerala-based extracts manufacturer Arjuna Natural will launch a new standardised nitrate sports nutrition ingredient this month that claims to help athletes work out harder for longer.

Zinc + multivitamins may boost height gain in children: Study

Supplementing school children with zinc plus a multivitamin may lead to significantly greater height gain, compared to placebo, says a new study from Thailand.

Study says probiotics relieved stress for medical students at exam time

A probiotic given to Japanese medical students during the run-up to nationwide medical school examinations reduced stress among the students, according to a study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a...

HK scientists find probiotic mix's benefits in liver cancer treatment

Hong Kong researchers have developed a novel probiotic mixture that may have potential therapeutic effects on liver cancer.

Long-term multivitamin use linked to fewer heart problems: Harvard study

A daily multivitamin may protect men from cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in the long-term, says a new study.

Eating black raspberries may decrease heart disease risk: Study

An extract found in black raspberries can significantly lower arterial stiffness, a key measure of cardiovascular disease, according to data from a Korean study.

Halal leader NoorVitamins launches high potency fish oil to broaden value proposition

The introduction by NoorVitamins of a Halal-certified fish oil is another step in the company’s dominance of the category. But CEO Mohammed Issa says the company’s goals are bigger, to...

Study shows Calanus oil may benefit blood pressure and heart health

Supplements containing Calanus oil may support cardiovascular health via anti-inflammatory effects in blood vessel walls, says a new study.

This week Down Under

Kiwi bread study gives rise to healthier staple food

Bread design could be substantially improved to better protect heart health, according to new research from New Zealand.

Scientists develop a drinkable, peanut-based dietary supplement for older adults

To benefit older adults who are at a high risk of protein-energy malnutrition, scientists from the University of Georgia developed a peanut-based beverage supplement and compared its nutritional and microbiological...

Whey is clear answer in sports nutrition, expert asserts

You can say what you like about the benefits of mixing protein sources, but for sports nutrition expert Chris Lockwood, PhD, there’s only one way to the answer the cost...

This week Down Under

First gluten-free barley beer ships out of Australia to Germany

A science-based Aussie invention has succeeded in taking the world's first gluten-free barley beer to German supermarkets.

Food Vision Asia 2016

David seeks Goliath to make nutrient-rich yeast protein for the poor

In a country where more than 120m malnourished children depend on a school lunch programme for their nutrition, India would benefit most from a form of protein which is dirt...

Long-term RCT supports magnesium supplements for cardiovascular health

Twenty-four weeks of supplementation with a magnesium citrate complex may reduce the stiffness of arteries in overweight and obese adults, says a new study from The Netherlands.

From science to shelves: the development of MacuView

Study says MacuView helps with eye health and AMD

A recent study published in the Journal of Ophthalmology has shown the benefits of consuming a dairy drink, MacuView, containing lutein-, zeaxanthin- and DHA-enriched egg yolk.

Study shows curcumin/fenugreek combo helps relieve work-related stress

A new study shows a curcumin/fenugreek combination boosted the quality of life index in a study population suffering from work-related stress.

Maple syrup polyphenols may protect against neurodegenerative effects: Study

Polyphenols found in maple syrup exert a neuroprotective effect that could protect the structure and function of motor neurons, a study in worms has found.

4 probiotic strains found in kimchi

South Korean researchers have isolated four potentially ‘useful’ probiotic strains in traditional Korean fermented food kimchi. 

Bet on black: Blackcurrant nutrient content trumps its varieties

Anthocyanin and flavonol content of the blackcurrant beats its red, green and white varieties as a wide nutrient range was found between each type in a Finnish study.

Carotenoids shown to increase bone density in high concentrations

The consumption of serum carotenoids in high concentrations has been found to be linked to higher bone mineral density in middle-aged and elderly Chinese adults, according to a large cross-sectional...

“Truly exciting”: Probiotic may increase muscle mass, energy & performance

Supplements of Lactobacillus plantarum TWK10 may increase muscle mass, boost energy, counter fatigue, and improve physical performance, says a new study with lab mice.

Broccoli could counter obesity related liver disease: Mouse data

Adding broccoli to an unhealthy diet could help stave of obesity-related liver disease and cancer, say researchers backed by the US National Cancer Institute.

Type 2 diabetes is reversible - study findings mark ‘paradigm shift’

Significant weight loss through an extreme low-calorie diet can reverse type 2 diabetes, the first findings of a five-year study has found.

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