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DSM takes second spot on Fortune’s Change the World list

DSM has placed second on Fortune Magazine’s third annual Change the World list, which this year recognises 56 companies that have had a positive social impact through activities that are...

Supplementation and acute pancreatitis: Review reveals potential for 'promising treatment outcomes'

Well-timed and appropriate supplementation with glutamine, omega-3, prebiotics and probiotics could help prevent or manage acute pancreatitis, especially if it is personalised to the individual, reveals a review led by Jiangnan University....

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APAC consumer understanding of how probiotics aid sports nutrition on the rise

There is growing consumer awareness in APAC that Kefir can help to enhance sports performance through its gastrointestinal benefits, according to Taiwan supplier Synbio Tech.

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Black gold? Rhizome extract said to have anti-ageing and anti-diabetic effects

Black ginger extract could have important implications for healthy ageing and diabetes, as well as athletic performance.

WATCH: Can saffron star in Japan? Supplement firm’s CEO on his personal mission to promote cognitive health benefits

Japanese consumers have little knowledge of saffron - either as a food ingredient or a supplement - let alone its potential cognitive health benefits. But one man is on a...

Plant power: Chinese firm files patent for Cistanche tubulosa against muscle loss

A Chinese pharmaceutical firm has filed a patent for use of a rare, native desert plant to delay muscle loss and age-associated damage.

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Healthy ageing NPD in Asia: Can functional foods follow supplements’ lead?

The vast majority of new product launches targetting the main health concerns for seniors remain in the supplement space, with analysts arguing there is vast potential for the region’s food...

Cholesterol dip? Probiotics have no impact on lipid profile, finds study

The Bifidobacterium animalis supsp. lactis probiotic strain does not improve the lipid profile or total faecal short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in healthy adults, researchers say.

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WATCH: Kefir's CVD and bone health benefits spur Taiwan manufacturer's first international foray

Taiwanese supplement manufacturer Phermpep, which produces kefir-based finished products and ingredients for improved bone and heart health, will launch in its first international markets later this year.

ChromaDex partners with Watsons to launch healthy ageing supplement in Asia

Botanical ingredient and analytics firm ChromaDex has partnered with Hong Kong-based retailer AS Watson to launch its US-made dietary supplement TRU NIAGEN in Asia.

Review authors defend 2012 paper and take swipe at “multi-billion dollar” supplement industry

Blackmores Institute questions validity of high-profile Cochrane Review of vitamin E and mortality

A widely publicised review 'incorrectly inflated' the mortality risk attributed to vitamin E, with the appropriateness of the datasets and the validity of its methods being called into question in...

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Indulgence and affluence: Nutrition firms urged to appeal to consumers' emotions for APAC sales success

Supplement and functional food firms must appeal to consumers’ emotions if they want new products to sell well in Asia's more developed nations, according to Frost & Sullivan’s Asia-Pacific director...

Astaxanthin supplementation offers anti-ageing skincare potential: AstaReal study

A trial conducted by Japanese nutraceutical firm AstaReal has concluded that the company’s natural astaxanthin possess anti-ageing skincare benefits.

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Ageing APAC: Onus on nutrition industry to persuade younger consumers to act now

APAC’s nutrition industry needs to do more to educate consumers that preventative approaches leading to healthy ageing must be adopted at a younger age.

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Market entry to China 'like hosting the Olympics' — you need at least four years

Supplement firms looking to set up shop in China should not buy into local businesses’ promises of guan xi (connections), and should be mindful that it could take up to four years...

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Personalised nutrition in Asia Pacific: 'Industry is now at a tipping point'

New players in the market and groundbreaking technology will lead to a wave of personalised nutrition innovation across Asia, according to a panel of experts at Vitafoods Asia.

Canadian vitamin firm Jamieson Wellness targets Asia expansion after $300m IPO

Canadian supplement firm Jamieson Wellness is targeting expansion in Asia on the back of a successful IPO, with its CEO identifying Asia's rising affluence and ageing population as two reasons...

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VIDEO - There’s more mileage in mānuka: Major brand launches b2b ingredient firm

New Zealand mānuka honey brand Manukora has launched a new firm to target b2b sales in the functional food and supplement space.

Probiotic supplementation heightens breast milk antioxidant levels: RCT

Lactobacillus supplementation increases antioxidant levels in human breast milk, a new RCT has concluded.

New Australia supplement laws edge closer with publication of draft bill

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has released a draft bill covering new supplement laws, including a third approval pathway for higher-level health claims.

Cognitive health supplement firm strikes deal with GP clinics

Sinagpore-based supplement firm Senenscence has struck a deal with four GP clinics to stock its cognitive health products.

China delegation to attend annual Complementary Medicines Australia conference

Trade body Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) is to host a delegation from the China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products (CCCMHPIE) at its annual conference...

Chinese authorities to impose stricter labelling laws on health foods imported via e-commerce?

Supplements and functional food products imported into China via cross-border e-commerce could be subjected to the same labelling laws that apply to food items imported the traditional way, according to...

GNC seals deal with Alipay to drive China e-commerce sales

Supplement retailer GNC has linked up with Alipay to make its products available to millions of Chinese consumers across the digital payment platform.

Blackmores' full-year profits slump by 42%, but firm bullish over China recovery

Blackmores' net profits fell by 42% to A$58m for the last financial year and sales slipped by 3% to A$693m, amid a significant decline in sales to Chinese consumers through Australian...