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Child and teen obesity: Interventions have bigger impact on adolescents

A combination of diet, physical activity and behavioural change interventions appear to reduce weight more in children aged 12 to 17 than those aged six to 11, according to a...

Curcumin-piperine combo may support heart health for diabetics: Study

A combination supplement containing curcuminoids plus piperine from black pepper may support heart health for diabetics by improving the levels and functionality of cholesterol, says a new study.

Watch: Sports nutrition ready to rocket in China as e-commerce sales continue to set the pace

Cross-border e-commerce will remain the dominant channel for supplements sales in China, with the sports nutrition sector being identified as category primed for sustained growth. That’s the view of Jeff Crowther,...

Chinese officials considering establishing a bureau for e-commerce as online business increases

China could set up a dedicated bureau for e-commerce as online sales continue to rise and on the back of widespread regulatory uncertainty that has affected many international supplement firms...

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...

MNCs' biggest nightmare in China? It’s still the professional shopper...here are 10 'coping strategies'

Professional consumers are continuing to plague international firms in China by lodging complaints over minor regulatory breaches in the hope of being awarded compensation.

China’s medical nutrition mistakes: ‘You can’t starve a tumour to death’

Medical nutrition is not taken seriously enough in China, with a lack of patient, regulatory, and in some cases, physician knowledge contributing to the poor nutrient intake among cancer patients.

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Omega-3 deficient teenagers may become anxious adults

Low omega-3 in adolescent mice leads to behavioural problems in adulthood, finds new study in The Journal of Neuroscience.

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.

Functional foods for the elderly could be the next big growth opportunity for Singapore firms

Functional foods for Asia’s ageing population have been identified as a core growth opportunity for firms in Singapore, with multinational outfit DSM, the government, market analysts and SMEs joining forces...

Alibaba’s health platform reveals China’s biggest and fastest-growing supplement categories

Whey protein, enzymes and collagen products take the top three spots in China’s cross-border e-commerce sales, according to the international director of Ali Health, part of the Alibaba group.

Iron fortification: Chitosan encapsulation strengthens stability and boosts bioavailability

Coating iron with chitosan nanostructured lipid carriers is a superior protection method when fortifying milk, with researchers also predicting its suitability for fruit juices, yogurts and traditional drinks.

Probiotic from Tibetan kefir grains can provide antioxidant boost to functional foods: Study

The probiotic strain L. plantarum MA2 from traditional Tibetan kefir grains has significant antioxidant properties, in addition to its previously reported cholesterol lowering credentials.

Review links microbiome makeup to autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms could be reduced by altering gut bacteria makeup, according to a review of more than 150 papers.

New index reveals impact of ethnicity and socioeconomic status on diet quality in New Zealand

A new Healthy Dietary Habits Index (HDHI) could help adults in New Zealand properly assess the quality of their diets, according to a recent study, which also highlighted the impact...

Nutraceuticals in India could soon become more expensive under GST drive

Food supplements and nutraceuticals in India could become significantly more costly after July 1 because they face being subjected to a 28% general sales tax (GST) rate.

Supplements in Singapore: What’s hot and what’s not as sales rise in the City State

Supplements sales in Singapore rose 4% to $574m by the end of last year amid growing health concerns and increasing consumer spending.

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...

Cinnamon’s potential anti-obesity benefits underlined by new study

Cinnamon polyphenol can help tackle obesity and manage hyperglycaemia and hyperlipidaemia, a new study on rats which were fed a high-fat diet reveals.

New China newsletter launched by NutraIngredients-Asia...sign up for free!

NutraIngredients-Asia had launched a new China email newsletter to shine the spotlight on one of the most crucial nations for the industry's growth, with articles published in both Chinese and...

Cash incentives to lose weight: Could this help solve Asia’s obesity epidemic?

Academics in Singapore say giving obese people cash incentives to lose weight could help stem the rise in non-communicable diseases.

Supplementation and dietary changes have 'limited effect' on chronic fatigue syndrome

Supplementation and other dietary modifications have a largely limited effect on chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) symptoms, according to an Australian review.

Folic acid and dementia: Supplementation benefits elderly people with mild cognitive decline, China RCT

Supplementing diets with 400mg of folic acid daily for 12 months significantly improved cognitive performance and reduced inflammation among elderly people with mild cognitive impairment.

Astaxanthin supplements may improve heart rates during exercise

Daily supplements containing astaxanthin may lower the heart rate of recreational athletes during exercise, says a new study.

Higher vitamin D levels linked to reduced cases of metabolic syndrome: Japan study

Higher vitamin D levels are associated with a lower likelihood of having metabolic syndrome among Japanese working adults, especially among older individuals or those with high calcium intake. 

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