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Bangladeshi RCT to assess effectiveness of preventive nutrition combinations on childhood stunting

The International Centre for Diarrhoea Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) has begun a community-based RCT to determine the effectiveness of nutrition intervention strategies on childhood stunting.

Sunshine or supplements? Cholesterol concerns must be considered with vitamin D, says expert

Clinicians must consider the impact vitamin D supplements may have on cholesterol levels in some consumers, warns an epidemiology expert. 

Nutrient-tailored lunches could bolster health among garment workers: Cambodia study

Lunch provisions specifically designed to address deficiencies and caloric needs can support nutrition and health among workers in Cambodia, claim researchers.

Tata and OptiBiotix seal deal for India prebiotic expansion

OptiBiotix Health has signed a scale-up and manufacturing deal with Tata Chemicals' Food and Nutrition division in India for its cholesterol-reducing prebiotic, LPGOS.

Wild mushroom species exhibits functional food, commercial potential: Pakistani study

Extracts from a species of wild mushroom could serve as a safe and nutritious functional food, according to a recent Pakistani study.

Vitamin D and calcium supplementation 'vital from birth': New Indian Paediatrics Academy guidelines

Children should receive vitamin D and calcium supplementation from birth, according to guidelines from the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP).

'Better education and tighter labelling laws' needed to stop sports doping in India

Athletes in India must be better educated on the detrimental effects of doping and regulators must introduce stricter labelling rules for over-the-counter supplements, president of the All India Council of...

Bamboo shoots hold ‘great promise’ as health food and economic driver: Indian study

Bamboo shoots hold great nutritive and economic potential for Northeast India, according to an article by Bodoland University and the Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women.

Indian authorities thwart vitamin C-smuggling syndicate

A recent anti-smuggling operation by Indian customs officials and the country’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seen a total 122.5 metric tonnes of ascorbic acid (or vitamin C) seized...

Non-communicable disease surveillance sorely lacking in India

A standardised surveillance system of non-communicable disease risk factors is necessary in India, where the incidence of such conditions is growing swiftly.

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Arjuna’s turmeric extract granted ‘No Questions’ letter from the FDA

Arjuna Naturals Extracts’ BCM-95 turmeric extract has been granted a ‘No Questions’ response letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Lack of diverse diets affecting mental development of children in rural India

A lack of dietary diversity is affecting the motor, language and social skills of children in one of India's poorest states.

Pre-eclampsia and supplementation: Insufficient evidence that vitamin D reduces risk

Vitamin D supplementation does not independently reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia, despite low levels of the vitamin being linked to a greater likelihood of the condition.

Yakult Danone plans India expansion as probiotics awareness grows

Yakult Danone India is to increase manufacturing capacity at its Sonepat facility to meet rising demand for its probiotic drinks.

FSSAI vows to ‘address any concerns’ regarding new Indian supplements and nutraceuticals regulations

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has assured industry players that any concerns regarding the new standards for nutraceuticals and health supplements will be addressed.

Probiotics' positive effect on infant diarrhoea risk may be due to SCFA response: Indian study

The beneficial effects of probiotics in reducing the risk of diarrhoea in children may in part be due to their impact on faecal short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and branched chain...

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Sabinsa names Shaheen Majeed as company’s worldwide president

Sabinsa has promoted its marketing director, Shaheen Majeed, to worldwide president of the company, with responsibility for manufacturing, marketing, strategies and other operational matters.

Increased supplementation critical to reducing low birth weights in Nepal

Better access to nutritious food and greater intake of vitamin and iron supplements during pregnancy are urgently needed to reduce low birth weight children in Nepal.

Higher GST for supplements in India will 'hit consumer health and market expansion'

Officials behind India's new goods and services tax (GST) have been accused of a major oversight for failing to set a dedicated rate for supplements, which means they are now...

Singapore seeks to level playing field for SMEs to tap into functional foods trend

New guidelines have been launched in Singapore for food manufacturers seeking to develop food products with approved health and nutrition claims.

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy does not affect babies’ cognitive function: Indian study

No correlation has been found between expectant mothers’ vitamin D status during pregnancy and their babies’ cognitive function in childhood and adolescence, according to an Indian study.

Barentz International and Indian pharma firm unite to drive South Asia fortification opportunities

Ingredient firm Barentz International is seeking to increase its nutrition and fortification opportunities in India by linking up with Noida-based pharma company Jubilant Life Sciences.

Nutraceuticals in India could soon become more expensive under GST drive

Food supplements and nutraceuticals in India could become significantly more costly after 1 July because they face being subjected to a 28% general sales tax (GST) rate.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to respiratory infections in Indian children, new data reveals

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of respiratory infections among Indian children aged six to 30 months, a new trial has found.

Arjuna to triple BCM-95 turmeric extract production capacity with new plant

Indian botanical supplier Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd has announced the completion of a new facility in Coimbatore, India, to produce its BCM-95 turmeric extract.