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MarketsandMarkets projects the nutraceutical ingredient market to reach $33.6 billion by 2018

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS — MarketsandMarkets projects the nutraceutical ingredient market will grow from $23.8 billion in 2013 to $33.6 billion in 2018, with a compound annual growth rate of 7.2%, according to a report released Tuesday.  

Growing awareness and reliability on the nutraceutical products is offering a strong consumer base for the market, the company noted. Nutraceutical ingredients are essential for various health purposes and prevent chronic diseases that may occur due to lack of required nutrients in the body. With changing lifestyles, consumers are tilted towards healthy diet and are more concerned about the consumption of healthy nutrients due to fear of deficiency and chronic diseases. "Therefore, the market for these ingredients is getting a push and is served with wide opportunities," MarketsandMarkets stated. 

Dietary supplements form the major application of nutraceutical ingredients. The market for dietary supplements is expected to reach $13 billion by 2018, whereas a functional beverage is expected to experience the highest growth rate of 7.4% from 2013 to 2018.

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Hygenic/Performance Health generates $18,000 for Pink-Link Breast Cancer Support Network

BY Michael Johnsen

AKRON, Ohio — Hygenic/Performance Health, maker of Perform Pain Reliever, on Tuesday announced that the company had increased in-store activity with an Instant Redeemable Coupon program in support of Pink-Link Breast Cancer Support Network, an online support resource for women affected by breast cancer. For each coupon redeemed, Hygenic/Performance Health donated a portion to Pink-Link. 

The program ran during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and concluded with a total donation of more than $18,000 to Pink-Link.   

“Hygenic/Performance Health is an integral partner in supporting Pink-Link, and I am truly grateful for their generous donation,” stated Vicki Tashman, founder of Pink-Link. “Their 2013 donation is essential to our mission, connecting breast cancer survivors online. These funds will go directly to our community outreach efforts so that all survivors can receive the support, information and encouragement they need during treatment and on their journey to a healthy survivorship.”

Pink-Link is a nonprofit organization, and all breast cancer support services are free. Pink-Link’s key service, an online database of breast cancer survivors, provides an intimate and personal link between breast cancer survivors. This "mentor-survivor" relationship provides the essential ongoing support needed to endure treatment of breast cancer.

“This annual program, which we launched in 2010, has resulted in a total donation of nearly $50,000 to the Pink-Link Breast Cancer Survivorship Network. Pink-Link is an outstanding organization, and we are honored to be a part of the fight," said Chas Tabone, trade marketing manager for Hygenic/Performance Health. "It’s gratifying to see our donation go directly to those affected by this terrible disease. Every year I am humbled by the experience and thankful to be a part of this initiative. Vicki and her team at Pink-Link are great partners and appreciate our contribution,” he said.  “I also want to thank all our retailer partners and customers who participated in the Perform Breast Cancer IRC Program. Without their support, this donation would not have happened."

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Study: Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women increases risk of developing severe preeclampsia

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — Women who are deficient in vitamin D in the first 26 weeks of their pregnancy may be at risk of developing severe preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening disorder diagnosed by an increase in blood pressure and protein in the urine, according to research by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health released last week.

“For decades, vitamin D was known as a nutrient that was important only for bone health,” stated lead author Lisa Bodnar, associate professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology. “Over the past 10 to 15 years, scientists have learned that vitamin D has diverse functions in the body beyond maintaining the skeleton, including actions that may be important for maintaining a healthy pregnancy.” 

In one of the largest studies to date, researchers studied blood samples collected from 700 pregnant women who later developed preeclampsia in an effort to examine a woman’s vitamin D status during pregnancy and her risk of developing preeclampsia. The full study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is available online in the journal Epidemiology, and will publish in the March print issue.

Bodnar and her colleagues also studied blood samples from 3,000 mothers who did not develop preeclampsia. The samples were collected between 1959 and 1965 at 12 U.S. sites enrolled in the Collaborative Perinatal Project. The blood was well-preserved, and researchers were able to test for vitamin D levels decades later.

Scientists controlled for factors that could have affected a woman’s vitamin D status, including race, pre-pregnancy body mass index, number of previous pregnancies, smoking, diet, physical activity and sunlight exposure, which is the body’s primary source of vitamin D. 

The researchers found that vitamin D sufficiency was associated with a 40% reduction in risk of severe preeclampsia. But there was no relationship between vitamin D and mild preeclampsia. The overall risk of severe preeclampsia in the women sampled was 0.6%, regardless of vitamin D status.

“Scientists believe that severe preeclampsia and mild preeclampsia have different root causes,” noted senior author Mark Klebanoff of the Center for Perinatal Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “Severe preeclampsia poses much higher health risks to the mother and child, so linking it with a factor that we can easily treat, like vitamin D deficiency, holds great potential.”

“If our results hold true in a modern sample of pregnant women, then further exploring the role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of preeclampsia would be warranted,” Bodnar said. “Until then, women shouldn’t automatically take vitamin D supplements during pregnancy as a result of these findings.”

“If our results hold true in a modern sample of pregnant women, then further exploring the role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of preeclampsia would be warranted,” Bodnar said. “Until then, women shouldn’t automatically take vitamin D supplements during pregnancy as a result of these findings.”

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