Hot Right Now: NZMP sports nutrition venture, Blackmores' call for sustainability, and Australian diet study

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NZMP has set its sights on the sports nutrition market in APAC.
NZMP has set its sights on the sports nutrition market in APAC.

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From NZMP's establishment of a sports nutrition and lifestyle unit in APAC, to Blackmores advocating sustainable ingredient sourcing, and an Australian study on the impact of diet on multiple sclerosis, read the five most popular stories on the social media right now.
Active approach: NZMP establishes dedicated sports nutrition and lifestyle unit to drive APAC growth

NZMP has its eye on sports nutrition success in APAC — with its recently established Sport and Active Lifestyle business unit tasked with driving growth in the market — as it assesses regional opportunities for its new probiotics range.

Headed by director Komal Mistry-Mehta, the unit is based in Singapore, which was chosen for its reputation as a regional business hub.

Speaking to NutraIngredients-Asia​, she said: "If we look at the global market for health and wellness nutrition — which encompasses sports nutrition, weight management, and the broader health foods and dietary supplements sector — it's worth about $200bn.

EXCLUSIVE: Supplements and climate change — Blackmores calls for immediate industry action and collaboration

The impact of climate change on nutrient intake and the future sustainability of supplement and functional food products has been laid bare in a new document by The Blackmores' Institute, which highlights stark warnings, especially in relation to omega-3 and medicinal plants.

The Institute, the academic and research arm of Australian supplements giants Blackmores, has released Sustainable Nutrition, a scientific literature review​.

The review assesses climate change, its predicted impacts on human nutritional needs, future access to medicinal herbs, and key ingredients used in natural medicine.

Healthy diet with red meat linked to reduced risk of MS: Australian study

People who consume unprocessed red meat as part of a healthy Mediterranean diet may reduce their risk of multiple sclerosis, new research from Australia has found.

The research​, published in The Journal of Nutrition, examined data from 840 subjects to determine whether there was a link between consuming a Mediterranean diet that includes unprocessed red meat, such as lamb, beef and pork, and a reduced risk of a first episode of CNS demyelination, a common precursor to multiple sclerosis (MS). 

Lead author Dr Lucinda Black, from the School of Public Health at Curtin University, who completed the research as part of a postdoctoral fellowship, said the number of people being diagnosed with MS has been increasing globally. This might suggest that environmental factors, such as low sun exposure, low vitamin D, and poor diet, may be contributing factors.

Creso signs agreement to bring new CBD product to NZ as first step in APAC expansion

Creso Pharma has signed a commercial agreement​ with CB Distributors to bring its cannabidiol (CBD) hemp-based nutraceutcal cannaQIX 50 to New Zealand.

This latest development follows the successful launch of cannaQIX 10 in Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

According to Creso, cannaQIX 50 presents a novel way for doctors to help their patients manage chronic pain (among other conditions), especially in APAC, where sales of CBD products are expected to rise.

‘No single, simple solution’: Why a holistic approach is key to improving cognitive health - BioCeuticals

Maintaining and improving cognitive health among APAC’s rapidly ageing population requires a holistic approach, considering the gut-brain axis, nutrition intake, and the need for a personalised plan.

Speaking at Healthy Ageing APAC Summit 2019, Belinda Reynolds, the director of Research, Product Development, and Emerging Markets at the Blackmores’-owned practitioner only brand, made the point above when addressing the topic of healthy brain ageing.

In Australia, cognitive disease such as Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is now the number one cause of death for women aged 65 and above.

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