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Business Monitor: How are APAC's leading nutrition and supplement firms faring?

In the first instalment of NutraIngredients-Asia's Business Monitor, we keep tabs on the latest developments at the region’s leading nutrition and supplement firms, featuring Blackmores, Swisse Wellness and Ausnutria.

Business Monitor: Maintaining a watching brief on the region's biggest companies. ©iStock

Taurine supplementation improves symptoms for young people suffering first episode psychosis

Research appears to show that supplementation with taurine - an additive commonly found in energy drinks - improves symptoms in young people suffering a first episode of psychosis (FEP).

Cargill’s ‘Hunger Action Season’ aims to tackle child malnutrition for 15,000 Asian children

Cargill has launched a three-month campaign to help fight child malnutrition in Asia in commemoration of World Food Day. 

GNC could be the next supplement firm to be taken into Chinese ownership

GNC could become the latest vitamin and supplement firm to get Chinese owners, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that the company has met with several interested parties.

Freshwater clam extract supplement could aid wound healing, rat study reveals

Supplementation with freshwater clam extract could improve wound healing, according to a new study in rats.

‘World-first’ rapid Vitamin B12 deficiency test could boost fight against cognitive decline

Australian researchers have developed a world-first optical sensor that can detect vitamin B12 in diluted human blood – something they believe is a first step towards a low-cost and portable, vitamin B12 deficiency test. 

Myanmar: Half of population over 40 has high cholesterol, one-in-three has hypertension

Specialists in Myanmar are warning that unhealthy lifestyles and the low intake of essential vitamins and minerals is leading cardiovascular problems to spiral out of control.

Diabetics should walk after eating carb-heavy meals to cut blood sugar levels: Research

New research from New Zealand suggests that people managing type 2 diabetes should walk after carb-heavy meals to gain the greatest blood sugar-lowering benefits.