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NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

VIDEO: Why New Zealand’s long-awaited Natural Health Products Bill is needed now more than ever

Trade body Natural Products New Zealand is hoping new industry regulations – which it believes will help boost exports – can be passed before the nation’s elections in September.

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.

‘Extreme superfoods’: Diets yielding high levels of acetate and butyrate protect against type 1 diabetes

Specialised diets designed to release large amounts of acetate or butyrate after bacterial fermentation in the colon protected against type 1 or juvenile diabetes in mice, said researchers from Monash...

Mannatech targets cognitive health supplement growth among Chinese students as key exams loom

Supplements firm Mannatech aims to boost sales growth for its cognitive support product by targetting Chinese students studying for two of the country’s major academic examinations – Zhongkao and Gaokao.

HI SOUTH EAST ASIA 2017

South East Asia supplement regulations: Indonesian trade boss hopeful of harmonisation progress

Indonesia’s supplements association hopes the harmonisation of regulations across South East Asia will take a significant step forward this year, providing a much-needed boost to exports and consumer awareness.

HI SOUTH EAST ASIA 2017

False claims still blighting Indonesia’s functional food sector despite tighter rules

Misleading health claims are still rife in Indonesia despite tighter functional food rules, claims a new association set up to ‘professionalise the industry’.

Time running out for Australian supplement firms to respond to raft of regulatory changes

Complementary medicine firms in Australia have just one week more to respond to a raft of proposed regulatory changes being considered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

OPINION: Why vitamin D is vital for women, especially in Asia

The recent occasion of the International Women’s Day provided a good opportunity to reflect on both gender equality, but also on differences between the genders, writes DSM senior scientist Barbara Troesch....

Better knowledge and more dairy: How Malaysia can help tackle national diabetes surge

There is vast scope to improve glycaemic control among type 2 diabetics in Malaysia by boosting nutrition knowledge and the intake of dairy, a cross-sectional study has found.

Vitamin D supplementation prevents autism traits being passed from mother to offspring: Mouse study

Giving vitamin D to pregnant mice prevented autism traits being passed on to their offspring, researchers in Australia have revealed.

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.

Sarcopenia and poor nutrition: Significant association found in elderly Chinese population

Malnutrition is a prime risk factor for older Chinese adults suffering from sarcopenia, an age-related condition of declining skeletal muscle mass and function. 

Why schizophrenia may be the leading health consequence of the Great China famine

A new systematic re-analysis of prenatal exposure to the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-61 suggests that schizophrenia may have been the leading health consequence.

The ‘enormous challenge’ of ageing China’s cognitive and physical health needs revealed

China’s ageing population has poorer cognitive and physical function compared with their counterparts from 10 years ago, according to the largest study of its kind, published in The Lancet.

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.

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.

'Intervene in the community': Supplements boost nutrition in elderly and help maintain independence, Korea trial reports

A two-week course of a liquid supplement improved the nutritional status and reduced inflammation in elderly people living in community settings, a new trial from Korea reports.

Vitamin A, D and E deficiency linked to repeat colds and flu in Chinese children: Case control study

Low levels of vitamin A, D and E have been associated with Recurrent Respiratory Tract Infections (RRTI) among children living in Northern China, a new case control study reports.

Asia’s deadly diabetes epidemic: Disease linked to 26% rise in risk of cancer deaths

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a 26% increase in the risk of death from cancer in Asians, with people in the region also at greater risk of death...

Herbalife partners with Indian pharma firm for new R&D lab

Herbalife has launched its first R&D lab in India, in partnership with pharma research and manufacturing firm Syngene.

Soy and breast cancer controversy: Dietary products ‘safe and beneficial’, study finds

Dietary soy products are safe and even beneficial for women diagnosed with breast cancer, according to new research which aimed to help resolve the controversy over its link to treatment...

First wave of food and nutrition experts confirmed for Food Vision Asia summit

A stellar line-up of speakers has been announced for the second Food Vision Asia summit being held in Singapore – while  food start-ups and entrepreneurs are being urged to enter...

This new invention guarantees Vitamin B12 will get on your nerves…in a good way

Researchers in Japan have created a mesh that can be wrapped around an injured nerve and release vitamin B12 until the injury heals. 

Six measures to slash obesity among immigrant children in Australia: Academics call for action

A number public policy, health and community measures have been identified by researchers in Australia to help reduce rising obesity rates among child immigrants.

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