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Edible insects can help solve hunger and improve nutrition in Sumatra: Study

Edible insects from Sumatra can provide a strategic solution for hunger problems and subsequent undernourishment due to their high essential fatty contents, researchers have concluded.

Vitamin D supplementation 'essential' for Chinese osteoporosis patients in South East Asia: Study

One in four Chinese women with post-menopausal osteoporosis (PMO) living in the tropics are vitamin D-deficient, a Malaysian study has reported.

Amway rolls-out e-commerce and artificial intelligence platforms in the Philippines

A new e-commerce platform and artificial intelligence (AI) have been identified as two of the key factors behind Amway’s hopes of achieving 15% of its sales online in the Philippines...

Let them eat salmon: Fish better than formula for infants, suggests Singapore minister

The Singapore minister leading a government task force reviewing infant formula prices has told parents to give their children a spoon-and-a-half of salmon because it 'provides as much DHA as...

Amway unveils new distribution centre in major Thai market

Amway has opened a new distribution centre in Thailand – one the direct selling giant’s top 10 global markets.

Functional foods for the elderly could be the next big growth opportunity for Singapore firms

Functional foods for Asia’s ageing population have been identified as a core growth opportunity for firms in Singapore, with multinational outfit DSM, the government, market analysts and SMEs joining forces...

Supplements in Singapore: What’s hot and what’s not as sales rise in the City State

Supplements sales in Singapore rose 4% to $574m by the end of last year amid growing health concerns and increasing consumer spending.

Morinaga eyes South East Asia growth with probiotics and blood pressure product

Morinaga has revealed plans to target the South East Asia market to boost sales of its functional ingredients such as its Bifidus BB536 probiotic strain.

Omega-3 supplement restrictions in Indonesia reversed after pressure from trade associations

Badan Pom (BPOM), The National Agency of Drug and Food Control of Indonesia, has revoked tough restrictions issued at the end of last year for omega-3 supplements.

Prenatal malnutrition and postnatal health: How diet can affect hypertension risk

Prenatal exposure to malnutrition can lead to diseases such as hypertension in adulthood, but the effects can be reduced or even reversed in postnatal life, according to a Chinese study.

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Milking the law? Industry responds to stricter infant formula rules in Singapore

Infant formula milk manufacturers claim stricter regulations planned by the Singapore government could lead to consumers having limited access to important nutritional information.

South East Asia’s US$10bn obesity bombshell: New report reveals economic cost of health epidemic

The annual economic cost of obesity in South East Asia could be as high as US$10bn, a number that could rocket to $45bn if people who are currently overweight go...

BASF awards Newtrition grants for omega-3 and plant sterol research in Beijing

Five academic projects have been awarded Newtrition Asia research grants by BASF for their work addressing some of the major consumer health concerns in APAC.

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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...

Singapore government to clamp down on infant formula health claims amid rising prices

The Singapore government has established a task force to counter the country’s increasing formula milk prices, with health and nutrition claims set to be severely restricted. 

Personalised nutrition: Cost and lack of experts slowing uptake in Asia Pacific

The cost of testing and not having enough experts in the field are holding back the growth of nutrigenomics-based personalised nutrition in Asia-Pacific.

The three main health factors powering protein and active nutrition in APAC

Three main factors are driving growth in the protein and active nutrition space in Asia-Pacific, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan. 

‘Super vitamin E’s' brain health benefits detailed in new study

Palm oil tocotrienol, touted as ‘super vitamin E’, could provide benefits for people with neurodegenerative and neuro-inflammatory diseases, a study has concluded.

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Malaysia’s obesity crisis: Time for less talk and more funding for action

“We’re good at publishing obesity plans, but not funding action”: That’s how the president of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia Dr E-Siong Tee has described his country’s efforts at improving health in...

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.

Cinnamic acid and diabetes: Clinical studies needed to assess bioavailability concerns

Cinnamic acid’s potential for diabetes management has been highlighted in a new review, but concerns over bioavailability are still hindering its use in nutraceuticals.  

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.