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Dietary supplements used, recommended by physicians with various specialties

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — A study published last week in Nutrition Journal found that dietary supplement usage and patient recommendations were common for physicians across several medical specialties, including dermatology, cardiology and orthopedics.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s 2008 "Life…supplemented Healthcare Professionals Impact Study" found that 75% of dermatologists personally use dietary supplements, and 66% recommend supplements to their patients; 57% of cardiologists personally use dietary supplements, and 72% recommend supplements to their patients; and 73% of orthopedic specialists personally use dietary supplements, and 91% recommend supplements to their patients.

"Health professionals, including physicians, have an interest in healthy lifestyles and in habits that may contribute to wellness, which may include the use of dietary supplements,” study authors stated. “Some surveys of physicians suggest that they are as likely as members of the general public to use dietary supplements.”

The most commonly reported product taken by these specialists was the multivitamin, with 44% of all cardiologists, 61% of all dermatologists and 57% of all orthopedists indicating they had taken a multivitamin within the past year. Additionally, more than 25% of physicians in each specialty said they had used omega-3/fish oil supplements, and more than 20% of each of the three specialty groups said they had taken a botanical supplement in the past year, with green tea being the botanical most frequently mentioned.

Overall health and wellness was the top reason these physicians reported for taking supplements, including 32% of cardiologists, 42% of dermatologists and 43% of orthopedists. Heart health was mentioned by more than a quarter of cardiologists and orthopedists, while bone health was mentioned by about a quarter of orthopedists and dermatologists. Lowering cholesterol was cited by 20% of cardiologists, joint health by 29% of orthopedists, and skin, hair and nails by 16% of dermatologists.

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New Chapter debuts Wholemega, Perfect products

BY Michael Johnsen

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — New Chapter last week introduced a slew of new products at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., including three fish oil supplements and two multivitamins.

New Chapter developed the Wholemega line sourcing wild Alaskan salmon oil and using a cold-pressed proprietary extra-virgin process, similar to that of fine olive oil, to preserve the whole omegas, natural antioxidants and vitamin D3.

Wholemega Cardio combines wild Alaskan salmon oil with tonic herbs that support heart health, such as hibiscus, artichoke and turmeric. Wholemega Flex includes such herbal ingredients as rose hips, turmeric and ginger, and Wholemega Focus contains lemon balm, sage and holy basil in addition to the salmon oil.

New Chapter also launched Perfect Calm and Perfect Energy, two complete multivitamins formulated with organic herbal blends that support calm and overall well-being or enhance energy, endurance and recovery.

Calm includes chamomile and lemon balm to help provide soothing effects. Energy contains a combination of 23 whole-food vitamins and minerals formulated to promote optimal health, while targeting the nutrients a body needs to sustain energy production, like vitamins B, C and E and selenium.

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DRSI ReStore! Energy teams up with Charles Mattocks

BY Allison Cerra

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Diabetica Research Solutions said its DRSI ReStore! Energy brand has teamed up with television personality and author Charles Mattocks.

Mattocks, known to fans as "The Poor Chef," will make appearances with DRSI ReStore! Energy, including on such shows as "Dr. Oz," "Fox News" and "Oprah," as well as through his diabetes community website, newsletters and his blogs, while he continues testing recipes for diabetics using the supplement. Mattocks recently was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

DRSI ReStore! Energy is designed to help people with diabetes to beat chronic fatigue, the company said.

DRSI ReStore! Energy is available in more than 17,000 stores and is significantly expanding its national retail distribution in 2011, the company said.

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