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Government funding and nutritional composition leads to high functional food hopes for Malaysian red seaweed

Tropical red seaweed, G. changii, can become an important functional food ingredient and is a prime crop for large-scale commercial farming, according to new research from Malaysia.

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...

Bitter orange extract shows promise as a protector against liver damage

Bitter orange extract (Citrus aurantium) has been found to help protect the liver against injury caused by bile duct obstructions or defects due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic activities.

Aquatic plant potential: Why duckweed could become a source of protein and omega-3 beyond South East Asia

Duckweed has long been consumed as an inexpensive protein and source of omega-3 in three South East Asia countries, but now researchers are questioning if it has the potential to...

Ayurveda extract helps reduce knee pain in elderly: Sabinsa Japanese RCT

A clinical trial evaluating the effects of Sabinsa’s Boswellin Super supplement on knee pain reduction revealed improvements in pain management, a study funded by the company has found.

‘More evidence’ of green tea’s slimming potential needed to boost products beyond Japan

The status of green tea as a slimming ingredient in Japan should provide inspiration for companies elsewhere who are looking to use the product across the weight loss category, according...

Green tea extract an ‘effective treatment’ for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Study

Treatment with green tea extract (GTE) has been found to reduce hepatic inflammation in mice with the fatty liver disease, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

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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.

Japanese researchers decode genome of key TCM ingredient Chinese liquorice

Scientists in Japan have decode the genome of Chinese liquorice – a key ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine – raising hopes that it can be grown sustainably in the country...

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 .

Chinese partnership seeks to raise funds for US cannabis supplement sector

A Chinese financial website and a private equity fund have sealed a deal to raise capital form mainland China to invest in the US cannabis supplements and functional beverage sectors.

New prebiotic combination enhances calcium, magnesium and iron absorption

A novel combination of prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharides could significantly improve absorption of certain minerals, according to new research in rats.

The top trending Ayurveda ingredients right now…and why they are destined to remain niche products in the West.

Tulsi, ashwagandha and cardamom are three of the hottest Ayurvedic ingredients right now, but the likelihood of them gaining mass appeal in Europe and the US is limited by scepticism...

Australian cannabis-based supplements set for European market amid global expansion drive

Australian manufacturer of pharmaceutical grade cannabis and hemp-based products Creso Pharma has sealed deals to launch its nutraceuticals in two European markets.

‘Critics think it's snake oil medicine’: Call for more TCM research to prove doubters wrong

More clinical trials are needed to build up a catalogue of evidence-based findings to enable Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to play a bigger role in Singapore’s healthcare system.

Assam herbs ripe for nutraceutical and functional food development: Study

Twelve edible herbs from Assam, India, are “alluring candidates” for nutraceutical and functional food developments, according to study which highlights their antioxidant capacity.

Sri Lankan firm Apeiron partners with POS to develop plant extract manufacturing site

Canadian company POS Bio-Sciences is partnering with Apeiron Lanka Limited in Sri Lanka to develop a manufacturing facility to extract essential oils. 

Neem plant compound could suppress development of prostate cancer: Singapore study

Nimbolide, a bioactive terpenoid compound derived from Azadirachta indica, more commonly known as the neem plant, could reduce the size of prostate tumours by up to 70 per cent and...

Taiwan kakorot firm Aquavan eyes international expansion

Taiwan botanical manufacturer and supplier Aquavan is targeting international expansion after establishing an ingredients offshoot to complement its finished products offering.

Mice study on Kemin's spearmint and rosemary extract ingredient supports its learning and memory benefits

In a study funded by manufacturer Kemin and the VA Medical Center in St. Louis, spearmint and rosemary extracts improved age-related oxidation markers in brain tissue of SAMP8 mice.

Green tea compound ‘counteracts’ overeating effect of high-fat diet

Consumption of the green tea compound EGCG could help to stop daytime overeating brought on by a high-fat diet, claims research backed by Abbott Nutrition.

Root 66? Spearmint’s phenolic matrix mapped

Mass spectrometry techniques have shed light on spearmint’s complex phenolic matrix, according to ‘tentative’ findings from Italy.

‘Plant insulin’ from bitter melon backed for fight against diabetes

A commercially available ingredient containing bitter melon peptides could help manage blood sugar by binding to insulin receptors, say researchers.

Algae omega-3 wins €1m+ Oz research boost

Scientists are using metabolic engineering to scale up omega-3 rich algae production in Australia.

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: Could plant-based Traditional Chinese Medicines aid treatment?

A new study of classical Chinese medical texts has found almost 1500 references to age-related memory impairment similar to Alzheimer's disease, and to several plant-based ingredients that should be assessed...

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