China focus: New ingredients approved for health food filing, latest research findings, and more

By Hui Ling Dang

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China focus: New ingredients approved for health food filing, latest research findings, and more

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This round-up looks at latest findings from various Chinese studies, the approval of American ginseng, ginseng and ganoderma for health foods filing in China, and the return of Growth Asia Summit.

Vitamins’ positive impact on diabetes needs further research to support novel treatments: Chinese review

Researchers from China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences conducted a review to systematically investigate the link between vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K and diabetes, seeking to elucidate their potential mechanisms of action, and assess their role in diabetes prevention and treatment.

Despite promising findings, the researchers acknowledged the need for larger, multi-ethnic prospective cohort studies and clinical intervention studies to verify the relationship between vitamin deficiencies and supplementation, and diabetes.

The review also emphasised the need for a personalised approach to vitamin supplementation based on individual physical conditions rather than a one-size-fits-all strategy.

Effectiveness of vitamin D against psoriasis in Asia warrants further research: Chinese study

Oral vitamin D supplementation may be useful in helping to combat psoriasis in Asian populations, but its safety and effectiveness requires more thorough exploration.

Researchers from the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tangshan Fengnan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Anhui University of Traditional Chinese Medicine conducted a meta-analysis of published randomised controlled trials involving 333 patients from four studies.

China approves American ginseng, ginseng, ganoderma for health foods filing

American ginseng, ginseng, and ganoderma (Lingzhi), could be used for health foods filing in China starting from May 1, 2024.

With the approval, they are added to Health Food Raw Material Directory. Raw materials in this directory could be made into health foods that come with health claims pre-specified by the authorities.

Going forward, both ginseng and American ginseng products could claim to either “aid the strengthening of immunity” ​or “alleviating physical fatigue” ​or make both claims concurrently; while products containing ganoderma could only claim the former.

Growth Asia Summit 2024: Our flagship summit returns to Singapore in July – delegate registration now open!

After a hugely successful event in 2023, our Growth Asia Summit returns in 2024 with a new July date and an agenda packed with the latest food, beverage and nutrition growth opportunities.

The summit ​will once again take place in Singapore, at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, from July 16 to 18. Register today​ to enjoy a special early bird rate with a 20% discount.

Plant-based diets linked to lower gestational diabetes risk: Chinese meta-analysis  

A plant-based diet may have the potential to lower the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during pregnancy, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis conducted by Chinese researchers.

Ten studies, comprising of 32,006 participants, revealed that a higher adherence to plant-based dietary patterns was associated with a reduced risk of developing GDM.

Adherence to plant-based diets during pregnancy also exhibited a significant link to lower GDM risk, whereas adherence before pregnancy showed no significant association.

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