Japanese males aged between 15 and 18 taking supplements most commonly seek sports benefits, while girls seek weight loss products, according to a nationwide survey conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Health and Nutrition.
A combination of omega-3 fatty acids and plant sterols dietary supplements was found to significantly reduce fasting blood glucose and insulin resistance in people with impaired glucose regulation (IGR) or pre-diabetes, Chinese researchers said.
Canadian company Harvest One is eyeing entry into key East Asian markets with its sleep aid supplement, Dream Water, and hopes to eventually reach the rest of the APAC region as well with a range of CBD products.
Four major trending issues are driving the health foods market in China today, with a combination of strong national pride and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) influence having particular sway over the younger generation of local consumers.
Chinese parents and caregivers who buy dietary supplements for their children often lack the necessary knowledge to make informed choices, according to a cross-sectional study conducted in Hunan province.
China xylitol manufacturing firm Anyang Yuxin Xylitol Technology (Yuxin) is looking to extract xylose and xylitol from wood by-products as it seeks to ramp up the sustainability credentials of its products.
Read about the TGA's ongoing crackdown on unlicensed supplements, dangerous consumer trends around 'natural' product use, China's action plans for food safety, and infant formula proposals in India, Australia and New Zealand.
A systematic review led by the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment has recommended nutrient standard modifications for infant formula to help improve the health of six- to 12-month-old infants in the country.
Australian formula milk firm ViPlus Dairy is confident its business in China will continue to grow, even as the Chinese government aims for 60% of all infant formula consumed in the country to be domestically produced.
Read about the latest research findings from Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Australia on athletes' gut health, the link between high-GI foods and diabetes, DHA and citicoline's cognitive effects, and microalgae's functional food potential
Diets high in protein may be detrimental to gut microbiota diversity in athletes, and for resistance athletes in particular, high-protein and low-carbohydrate diets may reduce commensal bacteria that produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs).