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TSI receives first ever exclusive CFDA licence to produce HMB in China

Health product manufacturer TSI Group has announced the approval of the first ever China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) Manufacturing Licence for β-hydroxy β-methylbutyrate (HMB) production in China.

Reversing weight loss and malnutrition in cancer patients: The benefits of a multidisciplinary approach

A multidisciplinary approach to nutrition could be vital to reversing weight loss and malnutrition in colorectal cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, a Chinese study has found.

Australian study affirms vitamin D’s ability to lower type 2 diabetes risk

Vitamin D could be useful in preventing the development of type 2 diabetes, an Australian population-based study has found.

MusclePharm makes headway in cutting costs, dumping unprofitable SKUs

Sports nutrition firm MusclePharm Corporation has made progress in returning to profitability, according to its latest earnings report.

DSM reveals new APAC leadership team

Dutch multinational firm Royal DSM has announced two new appointments to its APAC team: effective 1 September, Pieter Nuboer will be the Asia-Pacific VP of Animal Nutrition & Health, while...

Study on choline intakes suggests eggs or supplements are only way to get enough

A study published this month using NHANES data reinforces that choline is an underconsumed nutrient, and concludes that it is very difficult to get enough in the diet without eating...

Skate cartilage extract found to have protective effects against liver damage: South Korean study

Cartilage extracted from the skate fish can protect against liver damage, according to a recent South Korean study.

Probiotics a possible treatment for jaundice in newborn babies: Chinese meta-analysis

Probiotic supplementation might be able to safely and effectively treat jaundice in babies, a Chinese systematic review and meta-analysis found, but researchers say better quality data is required.

Heart disease, stroke present highest mortality risk for elderly with high BMI: Singapore study

Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the two main causes of mortality in overweight and obese individuals aged 65 and above, according to a study led by the National University of...

ORAC values might be passé, but antioxidant activity still demands research, experts say

Quoting ORAC values as a marketing tool has gone the way of the dinosaurs. But the measure of antioxidant activity still points to potentially important beneficial properties of ingredients, experts...

Almonds backed for cholesterol management and heart health

Eating almonds could help boost levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol while also improving the way it helps remove ‘bad’ cholesterol from the body, say researchers.

Indian authorities thwart vitamin C-smuggling syndicate

A recent anti-smuggling operation by Indian customs officials and the country’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seen a total 122.5 metric tonnes of ascorbic acid (or vitamin C) seized...

Move over, mānuka? Firm claims stingless bee honey 'better for health and environment'

Honey from a stingless bee species native to the Philippines is being touted as superior to mānuka honey, with a Singapore firm marketing products made from the former.

Short-term fish oil consumption helps prevents type 2 diabetes in people with existing metabolic disorders: Meta-analysis

Fish oil supplementation can increase insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of diabetes among metabolic disorder sufferers, according to a new meta-analysis by Chongqing Medical University.

Optimal nutrition vital to stopping progress of chronic liver disease in children

Maintaining optimal nutrition in children suffering from chronic liver disease (CLD) is imperative in halting its progress, according to an Indonesian study.

Probiotics in space: NASA explores viability of microorganisms for space flight

Spending time in the low gravity environment of space leads to significant changes to your body – your bones weaken and your sense of taste may diminish. It is also...

News in brief

Bayir Group announces $2.45 million investment via Rabobank

Ingredient supplier Bayir Group has announced $2.45 million in funding which will be used for a manufacturing expansion primarily aimed at pharmaceutical applications.

Dietary fibre helps ‘good’ bacteria win battle of the microbiome

Feeding beneficial gut bacteria with fibre appears to help a signalling mechanism which limits the growth of harmful pathogens, according to a new study published in Science.

NutraIngredients-Asia state of the industry survey part 1: Optimism high and finances buoyant, but new funding still a challenge

Three out of four respondents in the first NutraIngredients-Asia State of the Supplements, Health & Nutrition Survey believe their firms will post better financial results this year than last....

Vegetarian diet might reduce diabetes risk: South Korean review

Maintaining a vegetarian diet might contribute to a lower risk of diabetes, according to a South Korean review.

More manufacturers approved under new Chinese infant formula rules

China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has announced the second batch of infant nutrition companies and products that have been approved under its new registration programme.

Experts dispute claim that innovation is lacking in sports nutrition

In the view of experts, the sports nutrition category continues to be a source of innovation, despite the view to the contrary relayed by the CEO of Vitamin Shoppe in...

No link between vitamin and antioxidant intake and asthma status: Japan RCT

Researchers in Japan have reported that they did not find a link between antioxidant vitamin levels and reduced oxidative stress in a small study of asthma patients conducted by a...

Supplement recalls: Polish, Czech and Hungarian authorities report cases of banned substances

European authorities have notified the EU of several incidents of food supplements containing banned substances this week.

Singapore PM declares ‘war on diabetes’ in National Day message

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong has said the city state needs to "go all out" to fight the soaring number of diabetes cases.

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