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TCM herbal extract mixture helps lower diabetes risk: Chinese mouse study

A combination of refined herbal extracts can help to lower the risk of diabetes, according to a Chinese study.

FI Asia 2017

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.

FI Asia 2017

The four key health concerns driving Chinese consumers to spend more on functional foods

Demand for functional food and drink has shot up in APAC, particularly in China, where 80% of the population claims to want to make their diets more healthy. And four...

Vitafoods Asia 2017

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...

Vitafoods Asia 2017

APAC's fastest growing functional and fortified food markets revealed

Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia are tipped to be among the fastest growing functional food and fortified product markets in APAC to 2021, while Japan is witnessing a...

TCM formula combined with metformin has greater hyperglycaemic impact: Study

The traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Gegen Qinlian, when combined with metformin, synergistically enhances glycaemic control in type 2 diabetic patients, according to a new review.

Cinnamon supplements alleviate metabolic syndrome in Asian Indians: RCT

Regular cinnamon supplementation counters all aspects of metabolic syndrome in Indian adults, according to a trial led by the University of Delhi.

Healthier wine? Fortification with white rose petal extract increases polyphenol content

Wine fortified with white rose petal extract (WRE) can provide added health benefits due to its higher antioxidant and polyphenol content, a Korean study has found.

Botanicals and diabetes: Which products show the most promise to help ease Asia's epidemic?

Fenugreek, ivy gourd, Russian tarragon, psyllium and ginger have been identified as some of the most promising botanicals meriting further investigation for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

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Arjuna’s turmeric extract granted ‘No Questions’ letter from the FDA

Arjuna Naturals Extracts’ BCM-95 turmeric extract has been granted a ‘No Questions’ response letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Green tea polyphenol EGCG counteracts obesity and cognitive decline caused by Western diet

There is "compelling evidence" that EGCG from green tea could improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers have claimed....

Five key market trends shaping the China supplement landscape for exporters

Chinese demand for supplements and natural products shows no sign of slowing, but would-be exporters need to be mindful of five key trends shaping the market today in order to...

Two Chinese supplements found to contain undeclared substances: Australian regulator

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) says two supposedly herbal supplements have been found to contain undeclared substances, and has urged consumers not to take them.

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.