HEALTH

Nature’s Bounty to present three key VMS studies

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — The Nature's Bounty Co. has been selected by the American Society of Nutrition to present three of its recent scientific abstracts at this year's Experimental Biology Conference, the company announced Tuesday.

"The science of nutrition is always evolving, and it is critical to The Nature's Bounty Co. to not only stay on top of new research, but to play an active role in producing it," stated Susan Hazels Mitmesser, co-author of all three studies and senior director of Nutrition & Scientific Affairs at The Nature's Bounty Co. "We feel strongly in developing products that are tied closely to scientific truth. It is this commitment that helps set our brands … apart in the market."

On April 23 and 24, 2017, The Nature's Bounty Co.'s Nutrition and Scientific Affairs team will take the stage on three separate occasions to present the findings from some of its most recent studies.

For example, the team will present its "Determinants of Dietary Supplement Use and Compliance by U.S. Adults" study, which was conducted in conjunction with the Council for Responsible Nutrition and suggests dietary supplement users are more likely to meet the daily recommended nutrient amounts than non-users.  Overall about 68% Americans use supplements and 75% of supplement takers users take multivitamin/mineral supplements followed by vitamin D (37%), vitamin C (34%), calcium (29%) and vitamin B/B complex (24%).

Among supplement users, 10% for calcium and 25% for vitamin D did not meet the recommended daily intake, while 38% and 96% of non-users did not meet the daily requirement respectively.

Non-compliance appears to be a potential barrier to meeting nutrient recommendations, the study authors concludedd. Improved systems of supplement delivery such as simplified regiment with improved sensory attributes and personalized products that target individual nutrient shortfalls may improve compliance and contribute to achieving recommended nutrient intakes.

In the Nature's Bounty study "Role of Nutrients in Metabolic Health: Updates in 2016," researchers found that causality of the nutrient impact on metabolic health remains inconclusive due to either an overall contradicting data or sparsity of well-designed relevant interventional studies. "It is unclear whether and to what extent nutrients could be beneficial to the improvement of complicated conditions [like diabetes and heart disease]," the authors noted. "Instead of the traditional 'single-nutrient' concept, a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to integrate nutrients, lifestyle influencers (i.e. diet, physical activity, and sleep), early risk exposure (i.e. in-utero, infancy) and population relevance (i.e. healthy, at-risk, or diseased) may be worth considering in designing confirmatory intervention trials on nutrients and metabolic health."

Nature's  Bounty will also present "Dietary Intakes of EPA and DHA Omega-3 Fatty Acids among U.S. Pregnant Women." Pregnant and lactating women are recommended to consume at least 8 ounces and up to 12 ounces in order to obtain nutrients (specifically DHA) for improved infant health. According to a recent study, EPA and DHA consumptions among the general population in the U.S. are low, and the mean intakes of EPA and DHA among pregnant women from foods alone were 30 mg and 59 mg per day, respectively. "These results suggested that many pregnant women consume less EPA and DHA from foods than the DGA recommendation," the study concluded. "Increasing seafood consumption or considering EPA and DHA supplementation during this very important life stage may be an effective compliment if food intakes cannot be met."

The studies, which largely validate the importance of filling nutrient gaps, were recently conducted.

 

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