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Low omega-3 levels linked to prenatal depression: Taiwan study

Omega-3 deficiency and heightened inflammation are associated with prenatal depression (PND), with the former resulting in longer depressive episodes, according to a recent Taiwanese study.

Meta-analysis supports potential of omega-3s for ADHD

Omega-3s fatty acid supplements may improve symptoms and cognitive performance in children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a meta-analysis of gold standard clinical trials.

Sanyuan and Fosun to acquire St- Hubert healthy-spreads company

Beijing Sanyuan Foods Co. (Sanyuan) and Fosun Group (Fosun) have agreed to jointly acquire Brassica TopCo and PPN Management, the controlling shareholders of St- Hubert.  

Green tea polyphenol EGCG counteracts obesity and cognitive decline caused by Western diet

There is "compelling evidence" that EGCG from green tea could improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers have claimed....

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Blackmores appoints former PepsiCo exec to new marketing and digital role

Vitamin firm Blackmores has appointed former PepsiCo exec Tami Cunningham as its marketing director.

Fruit flies foraging for beneficial gut bacteria 'opens up a whole new dimension for future research'

Two new studies from Australia reveal how the gut bacteria composition of the common fruit fly affects consumption as well as reproductive behaviour – with potential implications for human health.

China probe hangover, functional foods failure depress Usana's earnings

An internal investigation into business practices in China has taken some of the air out of the balloon of Usana Health Sciences, as the company’s stock price declined after an...

Edible rice seed 'vaccine' could provide a remedy for hay fever symptoms: Study

An edible 'vaccine' made from rice seeds containing major Japanese pollen allergens has been found to reduce conjunctivitis caused by hay fever.

Japan’s Food with Function Claims: Limited consumer understanding of regulatory details

Consumers, physicians and pharmacists have a high level of awareness of the existence of Japan’s Food with Function Claims (FFC), but far fewer have a clear understanding of what the...

Ginger’s obesity-fighting and anti-diabetic benefits underlined: China review

Recent studies have built a consensus that ginger has beneficial effects against obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, according to a new review.

Bone metabolism in women of reproductive age affected by vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency interferes with the bone metabolism of healthy women of childbearing age in Beijing, according to a study by Capital Medical University.

Hypertension risk soars in ‘metabolically healthy’ overweight Chinese adults

Overweight or obese Chinese individuals — even those with a healthy metabolic phenotype — have a significantly increased risk of hypertension compared to those within the normal weight range....

Five key market trends shaping the China supplement landscape for exporters

Chinese demand for supplements and natural products shows no sign of slowing, but would-be exporters need to be mindful of five key trends shaping the market today in order to...

Singapore and South Australia unite to drive functional food innovation among SMEs

Singapore’s government enterprise body SPRING is joining forces with economic development agency Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) to collaborate on functional food innovation.

Study opens possibility of using algae to manage inflammation via the microbiome

Algal solution: Could Spirulina modify the microbiome to protect against age-related damage?

Spirulina might help protect against age-related liver inflammation by modifying pathways in the microbiome, say researchers.

High-beta-glucan barley aids weight loss and fat reduction: Japan RCT

Barley high in beta-glucan can reduce visceral fat, as well as body weight, BMI and waist circumference, according to a new Japanese trial.

Western diet increases colorectal cancer risk in Japanese women: Cohort study

Consumption of a Western diet increased the risk of colon and distal cancer among women in Japan, a large population-based cohort study has found.

Yakult begins work on sixth China factory

Yakult is to begin construction of its sixth plant in China to increase production of its probiotic milk drinks.

Two Chinese supplements found to contain undeclared substances: Australian regulator

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) says two supposedly herbal supplements have been found to contain undeclared substances, and has urged consumers not to take them.

KKR signs deal to acquire majority stake in Nature's Bounty

Investment interest in the dietary supplement industry remains high, with the latest news being the sale of majority control of The Nature’s Bounty Co. to private equity firm KKR.

Blue California stakes claim to market for natural ferulic acid

Increasing demand for natural sources of ferulic acid has led Blue California to boost its production capacity of the antioxidant ingredient.

China market remains a challenge for Abbott as nutrition sales slip in Q2

Abbott says market conditions in China "remain challenging", following its report that its global nutrition sales decreased 0.6 per cent to $1.73bn in the second quarter.

Nutraceuticals boom in New Zealand: Government-backed report seeks to attract new investment

Nutraceuticals and infant formula are now New Zealand’s largest and fastest-growing food and beverage export sectors, with a new government-backed report tipping them for sustained growth and greater financial investment....

Yakult Danone plans India expansion as probiotics awareness grows

Yakult Danone India is to increase manufacturing capacity at its Sonepat facility to meet rising demand for its probiotic drinks.

Lemon juice protects against alcohol-induced liver damage: Study

Lemon juice could prevent and treat liver damage from excessive alcohol consumption, according to a recent Chinese study.

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