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TCM herbal extract mixture helps lower diabetes risk: Chinese mouse study

A combination of refined herbal extracts can help to lower the risk of diabetes, according to a Chinese study.

Supplementation and acute pancreatitis: Review reveals potential for 'promising treatment outcomes'

Well-timed and appropriate supplementation with glutamine, omega-3, prebiotics and probiotics could help prevent or manage acute pancreatitis, especially if it is personalised to the individual, reveals a review led by Jiangnan University....

FI ASIA 2017

APAC consumer understanding of how probiotics aid sports nutrition on the rise

There is growing consumer awareness in APAC that Kefir can help to enhance sports performance through its gastrointestinal benefits, according to Taiwan supplier Synbio Tech.

FI Asia 2017

Black gold? Rhizome extract said to have anti-ageing and anti-diabetic effects

Black ginger extract could have important implications for healthy ageing and diabetes, as well as athletic performance.

Plant power: Chinese firm files patent for Cistanche tubulosa against muscle loss

A Chinese pharmaceutical firm has filed a patent for use of a rare, native desert plant to delay muscle loss and age-associated damage.

FI Asia 2017

The four key health concerns driving Chinese consumers to spend more on functional foods

Demand for functional food and drink has shot up in APAC, particularly in China, where 80% of the population claims to want to make their diets more healthy. And four...

Vitafoods Asia 2017

Chinese supplier aiming to bring monk fruit-based sweetener to Japan and Europe

Chinese supplier Guilin Layn Natural Ingredients plans to capitalise on the growing prevalence of health-conscious consumers to bring its monk fruit-based sweetener to Japan and Europe.

Astaxanthin supplementation offers anti-ageing skincare potential: AstaReal study

A trial conducted by Japanese nutraceutical firm AstaReal has concluded that the company’s natural astaxanthin possess anti-ageing skincare benefits.

Vitafoods Asia 2017

Market entry to China 'like hosting the Olympics' — you need at least four years

Supplement firms looking to set up shop in China should not buy into local businesses’ promises of guan xi (connections), and should be mindful that it could take up to four years...

Canadian vitamin firm Jamieson Wellness targets Asia expansion after $300m IPO

Canadian supplement firm Jamieson Wellness is targeting expansion in Asia on the back of a successful IPO, with its CEO identifying Asia's rising affluence and ageing population as two reasons...

Curcumin could help stem the spread of bladder cancer cells: Chinese in vitro study

Curcumin has been shown to inhibit the spread of bladder cancer in in vitro studies, according to Chinese researchers.

Chinese authorities to impose stricter labelling laws on health foods imported via e-commerce?

Supplements and functional food products imported into China via cross-border e-commerce could be subjected to the same labelling laws that apply to food items imported the traditional way, according to...

Prenatal vitamin A deficiency linked to cognitive dysfunction in adulthood: Chinese study

Prenatal marginal vitamin A deficiency (mVAD) leads to impaired learning and memory in adulthood, a Chinese study has found.

Blackmores' full-year profits slump by 42%, but firm bullish over China recovery

Blackmores' net profits fell by 42% to A$58m for the last financial year and sales slipped by 3% to A$693m, amid a significant decline in sales to Chinese consumers through Australian...

Resveratrol boosts heart health of type 2 diabetes patients: Japanese RCT

Resveratrol supplementation could provide heart benefits for people with type 2 diabetes by alleviating arterial stiffness and lowering oxidative stress, a Japanese study has found.

Vitamin E deficiency may lead to increased colorectal cancer risk: Chinese meta-analysis

Vitamin E deficiency might be linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer, according to a Chinese systematic review and meta-analysis.

Fermented functional food, Xeniji, increases immunity: Malaysian mouse study

Xeniji, a functional food comprising a variety of fermented ingredients, can boost antioxidant levels and immunity, according to a Malaysian mouse study.

Glucoraphanin shows preventive effects against obesity and type 2 diabetes

Supplementation with glucoraphanin — an antioxidant found in broccoli, cauliflower, and mustard — could help prevent type 2 diabetes and obesity, as well as obesity-related metabolic disorders such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,...

Evergreen oak bark extract aids kidney stone treatment: South Korean study

Extract from the bark of an evergreen oak species that grows in certain Asian countries could be used to treat inflammation, as well as kidney and bladder stones, a South...

Supplements inferior to prescription drug in treating chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicity

A combination of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals commonly used to treat chemotherapy-induced chronic neurotoxicity (CICNT) has been deemed less effective than a pharmaceutical alternative.

Avoiding squatters and copycats: What foreign health food firms must know about IP rights in China

The failure to register intellectual property (IP) rights on time is a common problem for foreign supplement and functional food companies in China, according to global co-head of CMS Life...

Lack of antioxidants increases obesity risk in sleep-deprived men: Korean study

Low dietary antioxidant intake — coupled with insufficient sleep — could lead to an increased risk of obesity in men, a Korean study has found.

USCHPA to host summit and seminar on sports nutrition in China

The US-China Health Products Association (USCHPA) will be hosting the annual China International Sports Nutrition Industry Summit — with sponsors GNC and Glanbia Nutritionals — in Shanghai on 6 September this year.

TSI receives first ever exclusive CFDA licence to produce HMB in China

Health product manufacturer TSI Group has announced the approval of the first ever China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) Manufacturing Licence for β-hydroxy β-methylbutyrate (HMB) production in China.

Reversing weight loss and malnutrition in cancer patients: The benefits of a multidisciplinary approach

A multidisciplinary approach to nutrition could be vital to reversing weight loss and malnutrition in colorectal cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, a Chinese study has found.