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Vitamin B’s vaginal benefits: Supplementation boosts conventional yeast infection treatment, RCT finds

Adding vitamin B supplementation alongside conventional treatment can help treat cases of complicated vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), according to two studies.

Three-out-of-four pregnant women in China have vitamin D deficiency: Official data

Almost 75% of pregnant women in China have a vitamin D deficiency, with one-in-three being severely deficient, national data has revealed. 

Herbalife unveils China TCM joint venture as it posts flat full-year sales for 2016

Herbalife has reached an agreement in principle to form a joint venture with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) products and services firm Tasly Holding Group.

Herbal supplements all too often ignore underlying principles, experts say

Fitting ingredients that come out of traditional medical systems into the modern marketplace can be a fraught exercise, experts say.

China nutraceutical firm unveils plans for European R&D and manufacturing base in Wales

Shanghai-based nutraceutical and functional foods supplier Acerchem International is to establish a European R&D and manufacturing centre in Swansea, South Wales.

Revealed: The single biggest Indian health concern offering vast functional food and drink potential…

India’s tired citizens may just be the key to unlock a new market for functional food and drink formulations. 

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.

Profits slump at Blackmores as 'challenging' China market continues to take its toll

Net profits at supplements manufacturer Blackmores slumped by 42% in the first of half of the financial year, with the firm reporting reduced demand from Chinese ‘daigou’ shoppers who buy...

Sports supplement seller bets on non-GMO veggie soft gels

Sports Research, a California-based supplement brand holder, has taken a big step toward differentiating its product line with the introduction of what it says is the first vegan, non-GMO gel...

Chinese investment in supplements expected to continue: NCN

The US investment community has only a limited interest in investing in or acquiring dietary supplement brands, but interest in the sector from Chinese investors is expected to continue, says...

European supplements brand aims to take bigger bite out of Asian weight loss market

Spanish firm Reig Jofre’s nutritional supplements line Forte Pharma is looking towards South East Asia for expansion, after establishing a firm foothold in Hong Kong and Macau. 

Omega-3 and chemotherapy: Supplementation reduces stomatitis and diarrhoea in cancer patients

Omega-3 supplementation helped lessen chemotherapy-induced mucosal toxicities such as stomatitis and diarrhoea, and provided liver protection for oesophageal cancer patients, revealed a Japanese study.

Zinc in tablet form the 'preferred option' for children with acute diarrhoea: Study

Zinc in tablet form is not only effective in treating acute diarrhoea in young children, but it is also a more practical delivery method compared to zinc in suspension, a...

News in brief

New role for executive director at trade body Natural Products NZ

Two job role changes have been announced at Natural Products NZ (NPNZ), the industry body representing the country’s natural products, functional foods, complementary medicines, and nutraceuticals industries.

VIDEO: Meet Ms Ugene, the state-of-the-art Singapore robot testing TCM and food products

No errors, no mood swings, no sick leave, and she can process three sets of microbiological tests in 14 minutes. Meet Ms Ugene, Singapore’s first two-armed robot microbiologist helping Traditional...

Singapore centre seeks to increase science standards for home-grown supplements, TCM and food firms

A recently established Singapore centre is seeking to increase the standard of evidence-based data for SMEs in the supplements, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and functional foods space.

Academics divided over vitamin D study claims of cold and flu protection

Vitamin D supplements could help prevent acute respiratory tract infections, including colds and flu, according to a study in The BMJ. But a linked editorial penned by academics from New Zealand and...

DSM and Singapore Institute of Technology unite to back next generation of food and nutrition technologists

Students from Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will be able to benefit from DSM’s facilities in a bid to boost the skills of the next generation of food and nutrition...

Boosting Singapore's brain health: ‘We’re trying to change the slope of cognitive decline’, says supplements boss

A new cognitive health supplement firm which recently opened a base in Singapore is targetting consumers in their 40s as it seeks to expand across the region. 

TCM’s potential for AIDS treatment cited in China ‘phenomenon’

Previously unreported data from China, referred to in a letter to the editor of the peer-reviewed journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, suggests that the viral loads of four AIDS...

Revealed: The top five supplements taken by Chinese mothers…and why more needs to be done to increase their use

Dietary supplementation appears to be common among Chinese mothers during pregnancy, but intake of folic acid is well below the recommended national and global guidelines, while overall supplement use after...

Roses are red, vitamins for two? Thailand dishes out Valentine’s Day supplements to boost birth rate

While the rest of the world celebrated Valentine’s Day with hearts and flowers, the Thai government handed out “very magical” vitamin supplements to encourage prospective mothers to boost the country’s...

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...

Vitamin vending machines: Is this the future for supplements retailing in APAC?

The man who has launched Australia’s first store selling vitamins solely via vending machines wants to launch hundreds more in locations across the country, while also expanding to overseas markets...

Asian expansion gives BioGaia reasons for optimism: Managing director

Probiotics manufacturer BioGaia has reported annual sales growth of 9%, excluding exchange rate effects, with managing director Axel Sjöblad highlighting growth in Asia as a key reason for continued confidence...

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