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Nutrition 21: Adding chromium histidinate to diet improves mood, lessens carb cravings

BY Michael Johnsen

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.

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First Boston Pharma acquires NutraMax Products

BY Michael Johnsen

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.

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Drugstore.com sees increase in consumer visits

BY Michael Johnsen

BELLEVUE, Wash. Drugstore.com on Wednesday reported a 75% increase in the past year in the number of consumers visiting its coupon, sale and clearance pages for nonprescription health and beauty products.

The number of orders coming from customers searching for bargains is up more than 90% year-over-year, the online druggist reported.

“We see more and more consumers looking for ways to save money on products they use every day, and drugstore.com is focused on finding new ways to offer even more value. In fact we just lowered prices on more than 2,000 products,” stated David Lonczak, VP and chief marketing officer for Drugstore.com. “Since the beginning of the year, we’ve also seen more customers taking advantage of our drugstore.com dollars program, one of the highest value customer loyalty programs in the industry, offering 5% back toward a future purchase.”

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