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Student’s start-up supplement bars help reduce anaemia in Indian women

A fortified iron supplement bar given to anaemic women in and around Mumbai reduced anaemia with no reported side effects, according to a study by Duke University researchers and collaborators...

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...

HIV: Patients reveal the therapeutic foods and supplements they want

Ready-to-eat therapeutic foods designed to boost the nutritional status of people with HIV in Thailand should contain clear health claims, be manufactured in a soft, or liquid form, and be...

Functional food and supplement manufacturers urged to get creative with whey protein offerings

South East Asia functional food and supplement firms need to help educate consumers that whey protein isn’t just for body builders, and formulate new products that can help treat the...

Chicory extract found to improve memory loss in mice: China study

Chicoric acid (CA), a nutraceutical component from the chicory plant, could slow down memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, a study revealed.

Why cardiovascular health functional foods are primed to take-off across APAC: Euromonitor

Despite Asia Pacific being a region with high incidence of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), sales of cardiovascular health positioned foods and beverages are not high, writes Maria Mascaraque from Euromonitor International.

Why cardiovascular health functional foods are primed to take-off across APAC: Euromonitor

Despite Asia Pacific being a region with high incidence of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), sales of cardiovascular health positioned foods and beverages are not high, writes Maria Mascaraque from Euromonitor International.

Wild banana ripe for greater functional food and nutraceutical examination: Review

Wild banana (M. acuminata), which has long been used in traditional medicine in South East Asia, is worthy of further investigation to assess its functional food and nutraceutical development on...

Functional foods from cauliflower waste could help tackle hypertension and diabetes: China study

By-products from cauliflower could be recycled and turned into functional foods to help combat diabetes and hypertension, a new study from China suggests.

New study boosts use of thiamine fortified fish sauce to tackle beriberi

Further evidence has been published showing how fortified fish sauce is being used in Cambodia to help tackle thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency and the associated disease beriberi in babies.

Australian infant formula manufacturer Bellamy’s facing boardroom battle

Australian infant formula firm Bellamy’s is facing further turmoil after a major shareholder demanded the removal of four of the company’s board directors.

Orange peel extract from Xinhui and Sichuan boast 'best' anti-inflammatory properties, study finds

Obtaining dried citrus peel (chenpi) from mandarins or tangerines grown in Sichuan or Xinhui in China can provide potentially superior benefits in nutraceuticals and functional foods compared to conventional sources,...

Can Asia rival Latin America as the world’s fortified food hotspot?

The demand for ‘clean label’ products, especially in North America and Europe, is continuing to affect consumers’ acceptance of fortified foods, meaning manufacturers should focus their efforts on Asia, Latin...

News in brief

Asian VC invests €33m in Indian botanicals specialist; acquisitions targeted

Indian-based but global-facing herbals player OmniActive Health Technologies has won a $35 million (€33m) investment from venture capitalist Everstone Group, as it pursues expansion and acquisition targets.

APAC anti-ageing demand driving growth in global antioxidants market

Demand in Asia Pacific for for anti-aging supplements and products is driving global growth for antioxidants, presenting suppliers and manufactures with a lucrative opportunity to boost sales, new market research...

GI-reducing formula achieves ‘record low’ levels in white bread

Holista CollTech says recent tests have shown its GI-reducing Panatura GI formula has recorded even lower results in ‘clean label’ white bread.

Underwater shockwaves improve antioxidant levels in yuzu juice: study

Underwater shockwave pre-treatment improves the antioxidant functionality of yuzu fruit juice, confirming its potential for use in a wide-range of food applications and leading to the possible establishment “of a...

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...

Mulberry extract shows anti-obesity promise by activating brown fat

Research from China suggests that rutin extracted from mulberries acts as an activator of brown adipose tissue (BAT) to facilitate weight loss.

Look out Japan, scientists are cultivating Norwegian nori in the lab

Japan’s billion dollar nori industry, which produces 350,000 tonnes of edible and nutraceutical seaweed lauded for a multitude of beneficial health effects, could have a new competitor…Norway.

Assam herbs ripe for nutraceutical and functional food development: Study

Twelve edible herbs from Assam, India, are “alluring candidates” for nutraceutical and functional food developments, according to study which highlights their antioxidant capacity.

Aged garlic shows antioxidant promise, but not cholesterol-lowering potential: Study

Aged garlic has greater antioxidant potential that the raw version, but was found not to lower cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic individuals, a Singapore study has reported.

Four nutrition and health trends shaping functional food and drink innovation in South East Asia

Functional food innovation in developed Asian economies is increasingly influencing consumers in South East Asia’s emerging nations, with protein products, superfoods, herbal extract powders and fortified breakfast snacks making their...

Probiotics to help drive 44% rise in APAC functional foods market by 2026

The functional food ingredients market in Asia Pacific is being tipped to rise from $2.85bn at the end of 2016 to $5.04bn in 2026 with probiotics projected to be the...

Vinegar a ‘promising functional food’ to combat Asia’s rising cases of type 2 diabetes

Researchers in Singapore suggest vinegar could be a key functional ingredient to help fight the rising number of type 2 diabetes cases in the region.

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