Counterfeiting and other forms of adulteration periodically strike dietary supplements, just as they do pharmaceuticals. In February, a Roanoke Rapids, NC, newspaper reported that police had arrested a man found transporting counterfeit Centrum vitamins.
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FDA has been faced with evaluating and regulating an increasing range of health-related product claims from food and supplement companies. Does the agency have the tools to judge whether proposed claims are valid?
The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010 is the most recent initiative in Washington that could affect nationwide food standards for children. Announced by Representative George Miller (D-CA) on June 10, the bill calls for enhancing and expanding access to school food programs and “…for the first time, establish[ing] nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools,” according to Miller’s Web site.
Besides school lunch, there are obviously multiple other venues for getting kids proper nutrition—and supplementation can be one of them.
Some individuals have rather specific digestive issues. For example, some populations have difficulty digesting dairy products. In the United States, nearly 10% of the population is considered lactose intolerant. Some populations have even higher incidence of intolerance, such as Native Americans, with rates as high as 80% in adults.
Find yourself suffering from a “food coma” after consuming a big meal? Enzyme specialist National Enzyme Co. (Forsyth, MO) may have a solution. At this weekend’s Natural MarketPlace trade show in Las Vegas, the company will debut ZIP eX2—a new “three-tiered” supplement solution that combines enzymes, herbs, and vitamins to help consumers both increase nutrient absorption and fight the feelings of fatigue that can come from “energy-zapping digestive stress.”
Daily lutein supplementation may help protect against loss of sight in those with retinitis pigmentosa, according to a four-year study published in the April issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.
During baseline testing of 111 subjects for a one-year, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study, researchers confirmed that although the level of macular pigment, comprised of lutein and zeaxanthin from the diet, varied widely among subjects, it had a significant impact on glare disability, photostress recovery time, and contrast enhancement.
Senators Orrin Hatch (R–UT) and Tom Harkin (D–IA) introduced a new bill on May 25 that demands the Food and Drug Administration (FDA; Washington, DC) implement the regulatory powers provided by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994.
U.S. herbal dietary supplement sales jumped nearly 5% in 2009, says a report published in May in HerbalGram, the American Botanical Council's (ABC; Austin, TX) quarterly journal.
Albion Human Nutrition's (Clearfield, UT) chromium nicotinate glycinate chelate (chromium chelate) has been registered on CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society and an internationally recognized scientific database of chemical substances that scientists and regulatory bodies use when evaluating ingredients for their products. Albion's chromium chelate CAS No. is 1208240-55-4.