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Why outdated regulations risk thwarting Indonesia’s supplements growth: Botanical supplier

Growth in the health supplements space is being "slowed down" by outdated regulations in Indonesia, with industry players clamouring for new rules.

Chinese herb has anti-ageing potential due to potent free radical scavenging powers

The Chinese herb Chuanmishen violaceum (CVPS) helped improve antioxidant activity and increased free radical scavenging capabilities in tests on ageing mice, revealing it’s suitability for anti-ageing products.

NUTRITION ASIA VIDEO SERIES

VIDEO: Cognitive health - the challenge to educate consumers as Asia's population rapidly ages

As Asia's population rapidly ages, opportunities abound for the cognitive health sector, but consumers need to be educated that supplements should be considered before old age.

Resveratrol shows bone health promise for child chemotherapy patients: Study

Resveratrol is a potential candidate to help prevent bone-related complications in children during and after chemotherapy, a study carried out by Australian and Chinese academics claims.

Halal astaxanthin: AstaReal targets South East Asia growth after receiving certification

AstaReal is now offering Japan-made natural astaxanthin ingredients that are halal certified.

GALLERY - Botanical boom? The outfits with high herbal hopes for South East Asia

According to analysts at BCC research, the  nutraceutical ingredients market will be led by the phytochemical and plant extracts segment, followed by prebiotics and probiotics,...

NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT

VIDEO: Speaker spotlights - talking consumer trends, sustainability and research at NZ’s Natural Products Summit

The Kiwi natural products industry has been in fine form in recent years thanks to sustained exports growth – but according to speakers at the recent Natural Products New Zealand...

Ginseng and anti-obesity: Does Asian variety offer greater weight loss hope?

Studies comparing the differing anti-obesity effects of Asian and American ginseng are urgently needed, it has been claimed, not least because they are thought to have opposite medical effects in...

TCM compound effectively reduces gastric ulcers, study shows

Licoflavone, a major compound from the Glycyrrhiza root used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, can help reduce gastric ulcers, according to new research. 

GALLERY: Our top 10 most-read nutrition and health stories from Asia Pacific in March

From functional food trends in Thailand and Indonesia, to Singapore’s war on diabetes, and the baby water boom in China, here’s a recap of March’s top stories.

Blues-busters: Study shows blueberry juice antioxidants ease stress

A blueberry drink a day can help keep stress away, suggests a study which found blueberry’s antioxidant power improved the cognitive performance of adult rats exposed to stress.

HI SOUTH EAST ASIA

Functional fruits focus: Taiwan contract manufacturer opens Indonesia office to tap into local ingredients

It was the lure of Indonesia’s exotic fruits and their potential as functional ingredients that has convinced Taiwan-based TCI Co to set up an office in Jakarta.

More nutrients, less harmful fats could help in colorectal cancer patients’ recovery

Greater vitamin and fibre intake are crucial factors in avoiding metabolic syndrome in colorectal cancer patients, a new Korean study revealed.

Meta-analysis supports tea’s link to stronger bones

Consumption of tea is associated with increased bone mineral density (BMD), according to a meta-analysis of 16 studies combining data from 138,523 people.

Omega-3 canola oil supplier filing for regulatory approval in Australia, US and Canada

Omega-3 canola firm Nuseed has filed for regulatory approval in Australia, with submissions for Canada and the US set to be lodged later this month.

Indian herbal firm expands product portfolio and explores e-commerce opportunities

Herbal ingredient manufacturer Mrida Greens has added five more nutrient extracts to its herbal extracts product portfolio, and announced plans to venture into the business-to-consumer space.

Tea drinking slashes the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease: Singapore population-based analysis

Tea consumption halves the risk of cognitive impairment for people 55 years old and above, and also dramatically reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease among those at greater genetic risk.

East meets West to create 'world's first' catalogue of genomic references for TCM products

A new project has been launched to create the ‘world’s first’ catalogue of genomic references for medicinal plants used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  

Bioactive flavonoid from apple trees eases asthma symptoms: Taiwan study

Phloretin from apple trees helped ease asthma symptoms in a mouse study, pointing to the bioactive flavonoid’s therapeutic potential, according to researchers in Taiwan.

Stress-busting Chinese herb helped slash depression and cognitive impairment: Study

The Chinese herb XingPiJieYu reduced the effects of chronic unpredictable stress in rats, while also improving their learning and memory, said a new study.

Edible red seaweed burns fat as well as restricting weight gain: Korean study

Extract from edible red seaweed (Gelidium amansi) helped trim down unwanted fat off diet-induced obese (DIO) mice, a study discovered.

Toxic tea: Two people resuscitated after taking Chinese herbal drink

Two people who drank aconite herbal tea, a plant-based toxin also known as wolfsbane and monkshood, had to be resuscitated and are now seriously ill in hospital in the US.

Botanical formula suppresses liver cancer tumour growth: Taiwan mouse study

Zuo-Jin-Wan, a two-herb formula consisting of Coptis chinensis and Evodia rutaecarpa, helped suppress human cancer cell growth implanted in the livers of mice, a new Taiwan study showed.

China the top target for tocotrienol sales growth, says supplier ExcelVite

China is the next top target for tocotrienol, according to supplier ExcelVite, which wants to boost sales of its ‘super vitamin E’ products in the country after establishing strong markets...

FoodEx Japan 2017

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.

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