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Australia, NZ most obese OECD countries in APAC

Australia and New Zealand are now among the OECD’s five most obese nations, while Japan and South Korea are the two least obese nations on the list, according to the...

Possible link between vitamin D deficiency and diabetic retinopathy: Meta-analysis

There is a statistically significant link between diabetic retinopathy and vitamin D deficiency, according to a new review.

Asian wild medicinal herb reduces inflammation markers, Korean research reveals

Root extract from Allium Hookeri (AHE) has been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties, according to a new Korean study.

Theanine: How a tea amino acid could help fight liver disease

Theanine, the unique amino acid present in the tea plant, can potentially be used to treat liver injury and boost immunity, a new review has shown.

Australian probiotics outfit Evolution Health experiencing Chinese boom

Steady demand for Australian health products has prompted Melbourne-based probiotics specialist Evolution Health to invest heavily in China, with the firm now eyeing greater global expansion.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher risk of asthma in children: Korean study

Children with asthma were found to have insufficient levels of vitamin D, according to a recent South Korean study, which also suggested this could be a contributing risk factor to...

Ausnutria reports growing revenue amid fiercer competition and stricter laws

Hong Kong-listed infant nutrition company Ausnutria's total revenues have grown by almost one-third to RMB751.3 million during the first quarter of 2017.

Antioxidant-rich grape powder protects brain from damage caused by high fat and high sugar diets: Study

Antioxidants from grape powder helped ease hyperglycaemia-related cognitive dysfunction in aged rats, a study discovered.

Green tea consumption can lower rice-induced diabetes risk in women: Japanese study

New research from Japan has shown that drinking green tea can reduce the risk of diabetes caused by rice consumption among women.

Location, location, location: Why affluence isn’t the sole driver of obesity in China

Increasing affluence and rising obesity have appeared to go hand in hand in China, but new research reveals how geographic location may also play a significant role. 

Celsius rapidly expands fitness drink sales aided by capital from Hong Kong

Sports nutrition brand Celsius Holdings, backed by a major investment from a Hong Kong businessman, has recorded strong growth for its nascent line of ‘fitness drinks.’v

Vegetable consumption key to preventing metabolic syndrome in women

Increased vegetable consumption could help prevent metabolic syndrome, especially in postmenopausal women, a new analysis of South Korean data has found.

Nature's Sunshine: China project stagnates while Russia, Eastern Europe soar

Network marketing company Nature’s Sunshine is struggling with soft earnings as it strives to get a project for entering the Chinese market on track.

Daily chocolate fix reduces heart disease risk in postmenopausal women

Daily consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa reduced arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women – therefore lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study revealed.

Usana records strong results in China despite internal probe

In the midst of an internal review of its Chinese operations, Usana Health Sciences reported a 6.2% increase in sales derived almost entirely from the Asia Pacific region.

Omega-3 and cancer recovery: How supplementation helps reduce hospital stays after operations

Omega-3 supplementation boosts immunity and helps reduce inflammation among gastrointestinal cancer patients after surgery, new meta-analysis reports.

Protein power: Consumers in emerging Asian markets increasingly understand the benefits

Consumer understanding of the nutritional benefits of protein is soaring in Asia, according to research from NZMP, the ingredients brand of New Zealand-based dairy manufacturer Fonterra.

Frailty and low income causing poor nutrition among Japanese elderly

Poor social support, economic disadvantage and frailty have been identified as key factors for low dietary variation and therefore poor nutrition among elderly Japanese adults.

Chinese herb has anti-ageing potential due to potent free radical scavenging powers

The Chinese herb Chuanmishen violaceum (CVPS) helped improve antioxidant activity and increased free radical scavenging capabilities in tests on ageing mice, revealing it’s suitability for anti-ageing products.

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China’s food and nutrition battleground shifts to functional products and e-commerce platforms

China’s food industry can no longer rely on vast volume growth from mass market items and will increasingly have to focus on innovation around personalised, healthy and functional nutrition products...

Korean cactus juice boosts gut microbiota and eases constipation

Korean cactus juice Cheonnyuncho not only decreased constipation in rats, but its soluble fibre content also improved the rodents’ bowel movements, colon thickness and gut microbiota, a study revealed.

Iron deficiency in Korea: Clinicians underestimate health consequences, study states

A large number of Korean infants and young children still develop iron deficiency anaemia despite increased breastfeeding rates, improvements in public health and a rise in iron-fortified food, a recent study...

Insect nutrient battle: Asian crickets pack more essential fatty acids than European mealworm

There are more essential fatty acids in the lipids of two species of crickets and a grasshopper from Asia, compared with the yellow mealworm larvae, which is widely reared in...

GALLERY: Our top 10 most-read nutrition and health stories from Asia Pacific in March

From functional food trends in Thailand and Indonesia, to Singapore’s war on diabetes, and the baby water boom in China, here’s a recap of March’s top stories.

Blues-busters: Study shows blueberry juice antioxidants ease stress

A blueberry drink a day can help keep stress away, suggests a study which found blueberry’s antioxidant power improved the cognitive performance of adult rats exposed to stress.

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