Nutrition 21: Adding chromium histidinate to diet improves mood, lessens carb cravings
PURCHASE, N.Y. Nutrition 21 on Thursday reported that the addition of chromium histidinate to one’s diet significantly increased brain serotonin levels, citing recently presented results of a research study before the Experimental Biology 2009 conference in New Orleans that tested its chromium histidinate in animal models of obesity and of diabetes.
Increased serotonin levels are known to improve mood and decrease carbohydrate cravings.
Additional research on chromium was presented by scientists from the U.S.D.A. and from the Medical College of Georgia. The U.S.D.A. study in animals found that chromium histidinate and chromium picolinate reduced the expression of the gene in the brain that produces TAU proteins. The TAU protein is involved in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Research by MCG demonstrated that high doses of chromium picolinate are safe and does not cause kidney dysfunction in animal models of obesity and of diabetes.
“These results provide a mechanism by which chromium histidinate and chromium picolinate improves mood and reduces carbohydrate cravings,” stated James Komorowski, Nutrition 21 VP technical services and scientific affairs. “The research by the U.S.D.A. provides evidence to support additional research in new chromium applications that address significant quality of life issues in our society. The research by MCG continues to support the safety of chromium picolinate, even at high doses.”
Nutrition 21 owns issued and pending patents on multiple uses of chromium, chromium picolinate and chromium histidinate, the company stated.
“We believe that the research work done by independent organizations like the U.S.D.A. and Medical College of Georgia continues to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of our chromium products in conditions such as obesity and diabetes, and begins to demonstrate the potential to address additional health issues like Alzheimer’s Disease,” commented Michael Zeher, president and CEO of Nutrition 21.
First Boston Pharma acquires NutraMax Products
GLOUCESTER, Mass. First Boston Pharma on Wednesday announced its acquisition of NutraMax Products, a contract manufacturer of solid dose and soft chew pharmaceuticals and supplements.
The company will now be known as First Boston Pharma. Leading the First Boston Pharma organization will be Mario Medri, the company stated.
“The acquisition by [Medri] and the First Boston Pharma Group will propel the company further and faster along the trajectory we are on, particularly with designer products for pharmaceuticals and supplement markets,” stated Rodney Plunkett, First Boston Pharma EVP. “To have the industry’s foremost innovator leading First Boston Pharma into the future is an exciting prospect for us and for our customers.”
The acquisition of NutraMax by First Boston Pharma will provide the necessary resources for the company to pursue its strategy of innovation in the over-the-counter drugs and supplements categories.
“One of our key strategies is to move to a supply base integrity model, which gives our customers the differentiated products they need, when they want them,” Medri said.
NutraMax Products should not be confused with the Maryland-based company with a similar name — Nutramax Laboratories — which distributes a number of supplement products, including the glucosamine/chondroitin product Cosamin DS.
BSC, CRN join forces for Better Sleep Month
ALEXANDRIA, Va. The Better Sleep Council and the Council for Responsible Nutrition last week joined forces for Better Sleep Month in May to help consumers enjoy a stress-less, good night’s sleep. In order to get the best rest possible and help relieve stress, the BSC and CRN suggested it’s essential for Americans to make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
“When you’re stressed, and similarly when you are tired, every aspect of your waking life is affected, from work to personal relationships and even concentration,” stated BSC spokesperson and lifestyle expert Lissa Coffey. “Controlling stress and getting a good night’s rest start by evaluating your lifestyle and creating a healthy daily regimen that you can stick to. This includes adequate sleep, balanced diet, daily vitamins and healthy exercise.”
New research from Oklahoma State University confirms that cyclically poor sleep can elevate stress. The OSU study, “Back Pain, Sleep Quality and Perceived Stress Following Introduction of New Bedding Systems,” published in the March 2009 Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, also suggests that improved sleep quality not only reduces stress, but also helps us manage everyday stress.
“Studies show that healthy individuals tend to engage in many healthy habits — eating a healthy diet, taking supplements, exercising regularly and getting adequate amounts of sleep — as an integrative approach to wellness,” stated Douglas MacKay, VP scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN. MacKay, a licensed naturopathic doctor, suggested certain supplements, including melatonin, magnesium and calcium, may help individuals relax or promote healthy sleep patterns.
“Herbals and other dietary supplements can be safe and effective ways to help individuals achieve quality sleep,” MacKay said. “You should consult a doctor or healthcare professional to determine which supplements are the best regimen for your lifestyle.”