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NSF International develops online resource for supplements information

BY Michael Johnsen

ANN ARBOR, Mich. NSF International on Tuesday launched a new online resource, http://www.nsfsport.com, to provide information to help consumers, athletes and coaches choose safer, quality supplement products.

“We are pleased to see more user-friendly resources being placed in the hands of the public,” stated Liliana Begg, manager, Clean Sport Initiative. “The Clean Sport Initiative, which provides a forum for discussions on accidental doping will now have the support of value-added informational sites that provide consumers with the guidance they need when choosing nutritional supplements.”

NSF’s Athletic Banned Substances Certification Program certifies sports supplements that have met NSF’s certification guidelines and provides key preventive measures to protect against adulteration of products, verify label claims with product contents, as well as identify any banned substances in the finished product. The certification program has been recommended by key athletic organizations, including Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the National Football League, the Professional Golf Association, the National Football League Players Association and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports.

Additional information, such as recent news stories on doping in sports and educational resources, can also be found at http://www.nsfsport.com.

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Infant cereals without phytate may allow absorption of more nutrients

BY Michael Johnsen

BEIJING A study published April 28 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology indicated that removing phytate from infant cereals may have a beneficial effect on iron and zinc bioavailability when those infant cereals were reconstituted with water.

Cereals are considered a rich plant source of carbohydrate, proteins, vitamins and minerals, and are therefore are usually introduced to an infant’s diet between the ages of four and six months. However, cereals are also rich in antinutrients, which can decrease the absorption of such critical nutrients as iron, calcium and zinc because of their high ability to chelate and precipitate minerals.

The research was conducted by Carmen Frontela of the University of Murcia (Spain).

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New Elations formula delivers improved joint comfort

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI According to a recent clinical study, newly-formulated Elations drink supplement with increased boron delivers improved joint comfort in as little as six days, the Elations Company stated Monday.

“By increasing the level of boron, which studies have shown helps to address some of the causes of joint discomfort, we are providing consumers a fast, safe, effective way to obtain improved comfort for their joints,” stated Robert Sarama, Elations Chief Scientist. “These benefits coupled with the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin and an easily-absorbed, refreshing, convenient drinkable form, osteoarthritis sufferers are addressing the source of discomfort and creating building blocks for healthier, more flexible joints.”

The new Elations formula will replace the current Elations product on store shelves beginning in May 2009. The addition of boron will not affect the price of the product, the company stated.

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