South Korea’s Rural Development Administration (RDA) is exploring the use of Platycodon grandiflorum, commonly known as balloon flower or Chinese bellflower, as a health functional food after studies showed that it could lower blood triglyceride levels.
From major names to start-ups and a dermatologist brand, various new beauty-from-within products using ceramides, pre/probiotics, white tomato extracts, and not forgetting collagen, have made their market entry across APAC in recent months.
South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) will continue with its high profile crackdown on non-compliant probiotic and krill oil products, with a market expert telling us it is ‘no coincidence’ that these categories remain in the spotlight.
Malaysia’s dietary supplement industry body is pushing for the removal of sales and service tax (SST), import taxes, and the approval of innovative supplement products in its efforts in promoting the use of supplements in the country.
The use of beauty-from-within supplements, or nutricosmetics, is becoming “more acceptable” to dermatologists, but more scientific and safety evidence is needed to encourage widespread use, says a veteran dermatologist.
A New Zealand firm producing gin from Damson plums is expanding into the functional health foods space and has received funding to research and develop nutrition products based on its high amounts of anthocyanins.
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New Delhi-headquartered dietary supplement brand Power Gummies has developed a formula containing chasteberry, vitamin C, passionflower, and citrus bioflavonoids as key ingredients for alleviating premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
The South Korean authorities have proposed new precautionary information for eight functional ingredients, including ginseng and milk thistle, as well as adjusting the daily intake level of indigestible maltodextrin and aloe gel.
This round-up of new scientific developments will feature an upcoming clinical trial in New Zealand on deer milk's benefits for muscle strength in seniors, Philippines' latest findings on virgin coconut oil and COVID-19, and more.