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Why outdated regulations risk thwarting Indonesia’s supplements growth: Botanical supplier

Growth in the health supplements space is being "slowed down" by outdated regulations in Indonesia, with industry players clamouring for new rules.

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.

Taste, habits, price and availability: Why young Singaporean adults aren’t eating whole grains

Food manufacturers and health officials have to overcome significant barriers to encourage the consumption of disease-fighting whole grains among young Singaporean adults, a new study has found.

Singapore start-up Senescence targets younger demographic with new cognitive health supplement

Brain health supplements manufacturer Senescence Life Sciences has launched its second product on the Singapore market.

Sports nutrition: Singapore’s elite athletes focusing on food first, supplements second

Alternative sources of protein and a greater focus on ‘food before supplements’ is shaping the sports nutrition practices of Singapore’s elite athletes.

Why fortification should be seen as a business case, not a nutritional handout

The most effective way to boost nutrition through fortification is by targetting people as consumers, not merely recipients of a donation or a public policy programme.

Four crucial consumer factors driving South East Asia's supplements boom

Supplement firms who view South East Asia as one homogenous market are doomed to failure, but there are four key consumer trends common to all markets, according to analysts.

GALLERY - Botanical boom? The outfits with high herbal hopes for South East Asia

According to analysts at BCC research, the  nutraceutical ingredients market will be led by the phytochemical and plant extracts segment, followed by prebiotics and probiotics,...

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.

Blackmores Institute signs partnership deal to boost supplements knowledge among Malaysian pharmacists

A collaboration between four institutes aims to arm Malaysian pharmacists with more knowledge and understanding of complementary medicine.

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Colombia’s gummy gains: Big opportunities in South East Asia says Bogotá business

Nutrient gummies drew the most visitors to Softigel’s booth at the recent HI SEA 2017 show in Jakarta – with the company identifying several markets for business growth.

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Functional fruits focus: Taiwan contract manufacturer opens Indonesia office to tap into local ingredients

It was the lure of Indonesia’s exotic fruits and their potential as functional ingredients that has convinced Taiwan-based TCI Co to set up an office in Jakarta.

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Halal certification key to South East Asia market entry for Chinese ingredient firm

China-based Jiangsu Aoxin Biotechnology wants to make sure all its ingredients, such as D-Glucosamine, chitosan and marine chitosan, are halal certified to boost its chances of success in South East...

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South East Asia supplement regulations: Indonesian trade boss hopeful of harmonisation progress

Indonesia’s supplements association hopes the harmonisation of regulations across South East Asia will take a significant step forward this year, providing a much-needed boost to exports and consumer awareness.

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False claims still blighting Indonesia’s functional food sector despite tighter rules

Misleading health claims are still rife in Indonesia despite tighter functional food rules, claims a new association set up to ‘professionalise the industry’.

Better knowledge and more dairy: How Malaysia can help tackle national diabetes surge

There is vast scope to improve glycaemic control among type 2 diabetics in Malaysia by boosting nutrition knowledge and the intake of dairy, a cross-sectional study has found.

Tea drinking slashes the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease: Singapore population-based analysis

Tea consumption halves the risk of cognitive impairment for people 55 years old and above, and also dramatically reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease among those at greater genetic risk.

Noodles as a nutrient vehicle: Research reveals how instant snack is suitable for fortification

Fortifying wheat flour used for making instant noodles has the potential to improve nutrient intakes in Asia, a review showed.

Six stand-out functional food and supplement trends from Indonesia

From consumer spending to retailer awareness, we pinpoint six of the most pressing functional food and supplement trends ahead of next week’s HI South East Asia exhibition and conference in...

Indian wellness firm to enter nutraceutical space via new acquisition

Indian wellness and beauty company VLCC plans to acquire three new companies, including a nutraceutical firm.

Thailand’s top three supplement and functional food trends as beauty bubble begins to burst: Infographic

Healthy ageing, natural supplements and personalised nutrition: these are three emerging trends in Thailand offering ample opportunities for industry growth.

Blackmores Institute to ramp-up research into consumer understanding of supplements in Singapore

Gaining a greater understanding of Singaporeans' understanding of supplements – and the types of services and advice they want pharmacists to provide – has become a key focus for Blackmores...

Branding, mass media and community outreach: How Vietnam boosted complementary feeding for infants

More infants in Vietnam received complementary foods thanks to a widespread social franchising, marketing and branding campaign that targeted new mothers, providing 'rigorous evidence' that such strategies can help combat malnutrition....

Vitamin D deficiency more likely a risk factor for TB than its consequence: Meta-analysis

New meta-analysis suggests that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for TB, not something that is caused by the condition, while the role played by ethnicity in this relationship...

EPA-dominant omega-3 and other nutraceuticals can boost effectiveness of anti-depressants

Nutraceuticals have the ability to boost the effectiveness of traditional anti-depressive medications, according a new review.

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