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Rice bran cereals could get antioxidant boost from Assam tea fortification

Rice bran cereals can be fortified with Assam tea extract (ATE) to boost its antioxidant properties without sacrificing taste and texture, states a new study.

Australian supplement body enthusiastic about higher level health claims plan

Australian trade body Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has given its seal of approval to proposed new regulations that propose a ‘third health claim pathway’ for supplements.

Soft gold? Cordyceps have strong functional food potential if supply constraints can be overcome

While long treasured for its medicinal properties in Asia, a new Taiwanese review has drawn attention to four species of the fungi Cordyceps, highlighting the mushrooms’ potential as a functional...

'Highly frequent' energy drink consumption associated with mental health problems for teens

A new study indicates that Korean teenagers who regularly consume energy drinks are at “great risk” of mental health problems, particularly when consumed in combination with junk food, researchers claim.

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.

CoQ10 supplementation shows benefits for liver cancer patients post-surgery

A 300mg daily coenzyme Q10 supplement significantly increased antioxidant capacity and reduced oxidative stress and inflammation levels post-surgery for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) – the most common type of...

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).

Could a sugar molecule be as effective as steroids to help treat lung disease?

Scientists in Japan have identified a sugar molecule that reduced the inflammatory response and progress of emphysema, a common component of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

Asian mothers on a ‘seafood-noodle’ diet at reduced risk of gestational diabetes: Study

Researchers have demonstrated a significant association between a seafood and noodle-based dietary pattern and the reduced likelihood of gestational diabetes.

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy linked to greater Autism risk: Population-based cohort study

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy is linked to an increased risk of autism in children by the age of six, Australian researchers have found, who argue low cost supplementation for...

The top five APAC research stories of 2016, featuring tea, TCM, astaxanthin, vitamins and Himalayan fruits

From the liver benefits of fermented tea, to the anti-fatigue attributes of astaxanthin, these are the top five research stories that have gained the most traction with readers in 2016.

The seven top Asia Pacific food and nutrition trends of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we highlight the top seven most-read APAC food and nutrition trends stories, featuring exclusive market and consumer insights from Japan, South East Asia, India,...

Australian oats study provides hope of boosting cholesterol-fighting properties of other cereals

Researchers have identified a new mechanism for how oats reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood stream, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease.

India’s new functional food and supplements rules: The key requirements every firm needs to know

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued its long-awaited rules for functional foods and supplements – publishing a 79-page set of criteria on its website.

New India supplements and nutraceuticals rules receive backing of direct-selling industry

The Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) has welcomed new rules for supplements and nutraceuticals announced by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), saying it is a crucial...

Milk containing only A2 protein doubles disease-fighting antioxidant GSH: Study

Cow's milk containing only A2 protein has been shown to increase the antioxidant glutathione (GSH) that may help strengthen the body's disease-fighting power. 

Crabapple supplements could help cut cholesterol, China study discovers

Crabapple extract has been show to lower cholesterol in obese mice which were fed a high-fat diet, researchers in China have revealed.

Phytosterol warning: Fat used in ‘lower cholesterol’ products impacts performance

The type of fat used as a carrier for phytosterol in fortified foods and drinks could have a major impact on the ability of the ingredient to lower cholesterol, according...

Curcumin supplementation shows benefits for people with severe depression: Study

Supplementation with curcumin has been found to be effective in reducing depressive and anxiolytic symptoms in people with major depressive disorders.

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Areca nuts could have anti-cancer potential, say researchers

Arecoline - the stimulant component of areca nuts – could have anti-cancer properties, despite evidence linking it to oral and oesophageal cancer. 

UAE orders withdrawal of further three ‘herbal supplements’

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention has banned a further three ‘herbal supplements’ and warned they could endanger the lives of patients.

Study shows how stevia may harness additional commercial benefits

A new study has highlighted some of the lesser-known properties in stevia - one of which has anti-obesity potential - that could provide extra commercial benefits in addition to its...

UAE bans two ‘health risk’ supplements after FDA intervention

Two supplements have been banned from sale by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention after receiving advice from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Infant and brain health benefits of whey protein underlined by experts at Singapore event.

The benefits of alpha-lacalbumin in providing effective protein in infant formula, and its role in increasing brain serotonin concentrations, were two of the academic highlights presented at the Alpha Summit...

Declining nutrient intakes still a worry in growing China, researchers say

Despite economic growth and reduction in income poverty, calorie intakes and nutritional wellbeing are declining in China, warn researchers.

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