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Omega 3 industry fights back: Study shows Australian and New Zealand supplements “clearly meet” label claims

Australian and New Zealand fish oil products meet omega-3 PUFA specifications, and are not oxidized, according to an industry-funded study.

Australian supplement body enthusiastic about higher level health claims plan

Australian trade body Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has given its seal of approval to proposed new regulations that propose a ‘third health claim pathway’ for supplements.

CVD: Blinkered training pushes young doctors away from supplements

Doctors show low willingness to recommend omega-3s to their patients because the training they received lacked any attention to nutrition and lifestyle.

Finding the fish: Rethinking nutrition amid modern diets

In a perfect world you would get all the omega-3s you need by eating fish, but less than 10% of Australian adults consume the required level of fish regularly, writes Gerald...

Essential fatty acid deficiency higher in children with ADHD, Taiwan research reveals

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been found to have a higher deficiency of essential fatty acids despite consuming similar amounts of omega-3 as those without the condition, research from...

The five market trends making APAC the world’s growth hotspot for nutraceuticals

The global nutraceuticals market is expected to reach a value of $302,306m by the year 2022, on the back of CAGR of 7.04%. But, according to new research, APAC is...

Indian gummy supplements supplier gets new US$1.5m investment

Hyderabad-based nutritional supplements maker Genmedic Healthcare Pvt Ltd received an investment boost from the ad-for-equity investment arm of media firm Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd (BCCL), Brand Capital. 

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Chinese firm wins EU ‘supercritical’ astaxanthin approval

Chinese supplier BGG’s has won EU novel foods approval for two astaxanthin forms through its new European HQ in Lugano, Switzerland.

Herbalife appoints leading Hong Kong academic to its nutritional board

Herbalife has appointed Hong Kong academic Dr Zhen-Yu Chen to its Nutrition Advisory Board as it seeks to ramp up its regional advocacy efforts.

BASF opens 'Newtrition Lab' in Singapore to boost regional R&D capabilities

BASF’s Nutrition & Health Division has opened a new technical application lab in Singapore to provide analytical services and product development support to customers across the region.

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Supplements and functional foods driving APAC fish oil market growth to 2020

The Asia-Pacific fish oil market is forecast to grow by 5% to 2020 helping the global total to hit US$1.5bn, with supplements and functional foods tipped to be the region’s...

Vital role of Vitamin D in improving gut flora and preventing metabolic syndrome revealed in new research

Scientists have discovered that vitamin D deficiency is necessary for metabolic syndrome caused by a high-fat diet to progress in mice.

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How Australia’s omega-3 map will feed frenzied fatty acid research

“We are building it while we’re flying it,” says William Harris, the distinguished American omega-3 researcher, of a mapping project to find out the true level of omega-3s in Australians’...

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Asian VC invests €33m in Indian botanicals specialist; acquisitions targeted

Indian-based but global-facing herbals player OmniActive Health Technologies has won a $35 million (€33m) investment from venture capitalist Everstone Group, as it pursues expansion and acquisition targets.

APAC anti-ageing demand driving growth in global antioxidants market

Demand in Asia Pacific for for anti-aging supplements and products is driving global growth for antioxidants, presenting suppliers and manufactures with a lucrative opportunity to boost sales, new market research...

2016’s top APAC regulation and policy stories revealed: Japan, China, India, Australia and South East Asia in the spotlight

Food and nutrition firms in APAC have to contend with a diverse and at times contradictory regulatory landscape across the region, with rules and laws being amended or introduced all...

APAC’s biggest food and nutrition business stories of 2016, featuring Blackmores, Mead Johnson, DuPont and GNC

2016 saw a wave of big business deals in Asia Pacific, from takeovers and joint ventures, to new market entries and fresh collaborations.

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Swisse Wellness boss Sali to step down as Biostime takes full ownership

Swisse Wellness chief executive Radek Sali will step down on December 31 as Hong Kong-listed Biostime International takes full ownership of the Australian firm.

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Every bit matters: Why we need to talk about excipients

The food industry is experiencing growth in the demand for natural products, as people become more savvy and selective about what they put into their bodies. Consumers are willing to...

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy linked to greater Autism risk: Population-based cohort study

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy is linked to an increased risk of autism in children by the age of six, Australian researchers have found, who argue low cost supplementation for...

'Alarming' rates of iron deficiency in Australian Indigenous children, study finds

A study of school children in a Northern Territory Indigenous community has found that around half are iron-deficient, leading researchers to claim it is a major public health problem.

The top five APAC research stories of 2016, featuring tea, TCM, astaxanthin, vitamins and Himalayan fruits

From the liver benefits of fermented tea, to the anti-fatigue attributes of astaxanthin, these are the top five research stories that have gained the most traction with readers in 2016.

US manufacturer Mannatech launches its supplements in China via e-commerce

US supplement firm Mannatech is now selling its products in China via e-commerce at www.MeiTaiChina.com .

Vitaco deal enters final stage, but fellow Australian firm Nature’s Care to stay in private ownership

The Federal Court of Australia has approved the takeover of vitamin firm Vitaco by Chinese investors, with the deal now officially entering the “completion stage”.

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Four-out-of-five Indian women have vitamin D deficiency

A four-year survey from India shows that 75-80% of women have inadequate vitamin D levels in their blood. 

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