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Broad support for new ‘third way’ supplements health claims in Australia: TGA

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) says there is broad support for plans to introduce a ‘third level’ of health claims for supplements.

UAE officials move to ban health risk 'fake herbal supplements'

Health officials in the United Arab Emirates have moved to clamp down on 11 'dangerous' supplements, which they say pose a serious health risk to the public.

OmniActive targets six-fold increase in APAC business, continues acquisition hunt

OmniActive has signalled its intention to “aggressively expand” across APAC, with plans to open an office in Singapore and increase the region’s share of its global business from around 5%...

Indigenous botanicals: $1.25 million project to study and commercialise Aboriginal plant-based products

The nutritional profile and bioactive compounds of Aboriginal food plants will be assessed as part of a major new research partnership to support the development of an Australian native food industry....

Cannabinoids as effective as pharmaceutical treatments for migraine attacks

Cannabinoids are just as suitable as commonly prescribed medications for preventing migraine attacks, and can reduce pain by as much as 55%.

Alleviating China’s pollution anxiety: Anagenix’s lung-boosting ingredient set for beverage launch

New Zealand supplier Anagenix has said the first finished product featuring its lung-enhancing BerriQi ingredient will be launched in China in the next few months.

Video: China still booming for Aussie firms, but two new targets in industry’s sights

Australia is now China’s second biggest source of imports, behind the US, with industry trade body Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) confident of continued supplements sales growth in the country as...

Blackmores Asia MD appointed first international member of China Association for Quality Inspection

Blackmores’ standing in China has received a boost after its Asia MD, Peter Osborne, was appointed vice chairman of the China Association for Quality Inspection’s (CAQI) advisory committee.

Stevia toxicity: New tests support high dose functional food and supplement use beyond sweetness

The ethanolic extract from stevia rebaudiana bertoni has been claimed to be safe for human consumption at 300 times the recommended daily dose, opening up considerable functional food and nutraceutical...

Heart health and weight management: Which fruit juices offer the most benefits?

The types of fruit juices that appear to offer the most help in tackling cardiovascular disease and aiding weight management have been highlighted in a new academic review.

Sea buckthorn oil extract helps alleviate type 2 diabetes insulin resistance: Study

The palmitoleic acid from sea buckthorn fruit oil can play a positive role in reducing type 2 diabetes symptoms, according to new in vivo and in vitro studies. 

Chinese red dates: Ultrasonic power and microwave extraction boosts functionality

Polysaccharides from Chinese red dates can provide a host of functional benefits, but certain extraction methods can boost their yields, a review reveals.

GALLERY: The top 10 most-read nutrition and health stories from APAC in May

Here's a recap of our top 10 most read nutrition stories from May, featuring the latest on vitamin D, infant nutrition, natural health supplements and more.

Arjuna to triple BCM-95 turmeric extract production capacity with new plant

Indian botanical supplier Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd has announced the completion of a new facility in Coimbatore, India, to produce its BCM-95 turmeric extract.

Seeds from evergreens packed with enough amino acids to meet WHO standards

Seeds from two variants of Chinese evergreen trees have been found to contain enough amino acids to meet the daily nutritional requirements of infants and adults, according to a recent...

Functional beverages in Asia: Start-ups need to 'redress the health balance'

Functional beverage start-ups in Asia should not get fixated on making and securing official health and efficacy claims before launching, and could look instead to “wrap up” products alongside more...

Asian wild medicinal herb reduces inflammation markers, Korean research reveals

Root extract from Allium Hookeri (AHE) has been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties, according to a new Korean study.

Green tea supplements: Good for weight loss, but lacking in anti-inflammation action against PCOS

Consumption of green tea supplements leads to weight loss in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but it is still uncertain if supplementation provides a direct anti-inflammatory effect against the condition....

The sativa saga: Part 1

Cannabis crusaders cheer after 19 years of dashed hopes

On Friday, April 28, Australia—and to some extent New Zealand—witnessed the birth of a brand new industry segment, when a council of ministers agreed finally to permit the consumption of...

Vegetable consumption key to preventing metabolic syndrome in women

Increased vegetable consumption could help prevent metabolic syndrome, especially in postmenopausal women, a new analysis of South Korean data has found.

Sage advice: Epigenetics-based cognitive health supplement set for APAC launch

A botanical cognitive health product designed by a spin-off from the University of Oxford will launch across Asia Pacific with the backing of an innovation development company.

‘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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Functional soups: The next big business opportunity for food and nutrition firms in Japan?

Functional soups featuring botanical and herbal ingredients such as ginger, ginseng and cordyceps are ripe for new product development in Japan, with the ageing population a particularly lucrative target market.

Gingko biloba helps protect against the toxic cognitive effects of aluminium chloride

Gingko biloba extract helped protect the brain from the toxic effects of aluminium chloride, exposure to which has been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer's.

‘Green tea’ EGCG supplement backed for gestational diabetes: RCT data

Supplementation with the green tea compound epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG) could improve gestational diabetes outcomes in both mothers and new-born infants, new data suggests.