Science Shorts: Read the latest scientific findings in the health and nutrition space

By Tingmin Koe

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Read about the latest scientific findings from the health and nutrition sector. ©Getty Images
Read about the latest scientific findings from the health and nutrition sector. ©Getty Images

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In this round up, we bring you the latest scientific findings from health foods manufacturers, such as Japanese firm Eminet and Australia's Blackmores, as well as research done by the Chinese and Japanese academia.
Collagen claim: Eminet details skin benefits of its first clinical trial on liquid fish collagen

Japanese manufacturer Eminet Co Ltd, has reported new evidence supporting the skin hydration effect of its liquid fish collagen product.

The product, Tenshi no RaRa was first sold in 2000, and has since sold 5.6 million boxes in Japan.

Now, the company says it has conducted the first clinical trial​ for liquid fish collagen on increasing skin moisture and relieving redness.

WATCH: ExcelVite builds on two decades of tocotrienol’s brain benefits with new research on diabetes complications

Malaysian palm tocotrienol supplier ExcelVite is finding out how its flagship ingredient could provide new health benefits.

In the past 20 years, it has been studying the benefits of its flagship ingredient – EVNol SupraBio – on brain health. Other benefits that it has been researching on includes skin health. 

One of the key findings showed that consuming 200mg of EVNol SupraBio twice per day for one year is able to control the growth of white matter lesions in the brain.

High-dose of B vitamins may strengthen brain activity associated with reward and emotion: Blackmores-backed RCT

A high dose of B vitamin supplementation may strengthen brain activity that is associated with reward and emotion, according to an Australian RCT funded by Blackmores.

The study investigated​ the effects of Blackmores’ Executive B Stress Formula on work-related stress, as well as its effects on mood, personality, cardiovascular, and neuroimaging outcomes.

The findings were published in scientific journal Frontiers in Nutrition.

Frequent consumption of raw garlic associated with lower liver cancer risk in China population

Eating raw garlic twice or more per week was associated with a lower risk of liver cancer​ in population-based case-control study in Eastern China.

Researchers from USA and China said the association was more significant compared to those ingesting no raw garlic or less than twice per week.

Several studies on garlic consumption and its inverse association with mortality, as well as other cancers including stomach, colon, breast, lung, prostate, and esophagus have been reported.

Higher consumption of chocolate linked to lower risk of gestational diabetes in Japanese women

A higher intake of chocolate before pregnancy was associated with a lower risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in Japanese women.

Researchers in Japan believed they were the first to examine the association​ between chocolate consumption and GDM.

The findings from the prospective cohort study were published in the British Journal of Nutrition​.

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