Study looks at chromium picolinate supplementation in diabetes patients
WASHINGTON — A trade group for supplement makers is suggesting that people with diabetes talk to their physicians about chromium picolinate supplementation, based on a recent study.
The Council for Responsible Nutrition said that multiple studies had indicated chromium picolinate supplements can help reduce high blood-glucose levels, though the group cautioned that while doctors and other healthcare professionals could consider supplementation as part of a diabetes treatment plan, the companies marketing supplements were not allowed to market their products as treating, diagnosing, mitigating, preventing or curing diseases.
"A healthy lifestyle for diabetes must emphasize healthy diet and plenty of exerts," CRN VP scientific and regulatory affairs Duffy MacKay said. "It requires working very closely with your doctors and opening up a dialogue with them about using all the tools at your disposal, one of which may be supplementation."
According to a study conducted by Frost & Sullivan and funded by the CRN, 81,243 coronary heart disease incidents can be avoided each year through the use of chromium picolinate dietary supplements at preventive intake levels. The study was based on a systematic review of scientific studies that examined whether the supplements could reduce blood-glucose levels.
Quantum Health hires former MillerCoors VP sales as CEO
EUGENE, Ore. — Natural dietary supplement and OTC product maker Quantum Health has hired a new CEO, the company said.
Quantum Health announced that it had hired Jason Pellegrini, who previously served as VP sales for the grocery channel at MillerCoors. Pellegrini has also previously worked for LivePlanet, Viant, Mitchell Madison Group and ACNielsen. He started with Quantum Health in August.
"I’m very excited about the future potential of Quantum and am looking forward to working closely with all our suppliers, partners and retailers," Pellegrini said.
Blistex launches new lip balms
OAK BROOK, Ill. — Blistex expanded its product portfolio in October with the launch of two new lip balms — Nurture and Nourish and Lip Vibrance.
Blistex Nurture and Nourish goes beyond protection and hydration to feed lips from the inside out with a vitamin/mineral/nutrient-rich formula. Ingredients include Gogi extract, which is high in antioxidants that help neutralize skin damage; copper and zinc, which helps to improve skin elasticity; and vitamin E , which soothes dry, rough skin.
Blistex Nurture and Nourish, which has SPF 15 sun protection, retail for between $1.59 and $2.49.
Blistex has married color and care with its new Blistex Lip Vibrance. The balm provides a noticeable but subtle amount of color and shimmer plus moisturization and protection with a combination of natural emollients and antioxidants, including grapeseed oil, shea butter and vitamin E.
Blistex has created a proprietary pigment blend that provides a broadly appealing shade of red. It also provides a distinct but subtle shimmer that complements its hue. The formula contains micronized cosmetic-grade pigment in a wear-resistant base that provides a longer lasting effect than typical for a tinted lip balm, the company stated.
Blistex Lip Vibrance comes in a lipstick-type container that features a built-in mirror on the cap to allow for better control when applying. The retail prices ranges between $1.99 and $3.29.