N-3 Long-chain PUFAs Reduce Morbidity Caused by Iron Supplementation

Iron deficiency is a major global public health problem. Iron supplementation can be an effective treatment for iron deficiency. However, concern has been expressed because iron supplementation can also increase morbidity from infection due to the iron dependence for growth of pathogenic organisms. On the other hand, iron is critical for proper immune cell function, and some studies have shown that iron supplementation decreases morbidity from respiratory disease in some populations. Likewise, omega-3 long chain fatty acids, such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are also important in immune function. Increased omega-3 long chain fatty acid intake has been shown in some studies to decrease morbidity. Thus, the question arises whether supplementation with omega-3 long chain fatty acids can ameliorate the potential negative effects of iron supplementation on morbidity. In a recently published study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, investigators have reported on the findings from an 8.5 month randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in 321 iron-deficient South African children, aged 6-11 years old, on the separate and combined effects of iron and omega-3 long chain fatty acid supplementation on various infectious illness-related outcomes. Subjects were from 4 primary schools located in a malaria-free rural area … KEEP READING >>

Folic Acid Supplementation for Primary Stroke Prevention

The CSPPT primary prevention trial has provided important new information indicating folic acid can reduce the risk of stroke and that baseline folate level is an important determinant of the efficacy of folic acid therapy in primary stroke prevention. KEEP READING >>

Whey Protein-Based Supplement Preserves Muscle Mass During Intentional Weight Loss in the Elderly

The findings are of interest because they indicate it is possible to preserve muscle mass despite weight loss in obese subjects. KEEP READING >>

Come Meet Us During IFT 2015!

During IFT, we welcome you to visit our booth (2839) to see, taste and touch over 60 functional food, beverage and dietary supplement concepts designed to meet consumers’ evolving preferences. KEEP READING >>

We Don’t Just Talk the Talk. We Walk the Walk, too… and Some of Us Even Run!

The Fortitech Premixes crew recently participated in the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge 5K, held in Albany, NY. KEEP READING >>

Designing Fortified Foods and Beverages for Millennials and Boomers

The health halo that comes with a dairy product makes this category ideal for fortification, and its existing popularity with Millennials and Baby Boomers make it ideal for targeting these consumers with potential health benefits. KEEP READING >>

Ginger Supplementation Reduces Excessive Menstrual Bleeding

The reduction in blood loss in the ginger treatment group was significant and could be expected to improve the iron status of women if its efficacy could be sustained over a longer period of time. KEEP READING >>

Calcium and Vitamin D Promote Positive Birth Outcomes in Women with Gestational Diabetes

The study’s findings suggest that a low-cost, nutritional intervention can have significant positive effects on both GDM mothers and their newborns. KEEP READING >>

Fighting Inflammation with Fortification

Inflammation is at the core of many health issues. KEEP READING >>

Opportunities in the Eye Health Market

On March 17, DSM will be hosting a webinar entitled, "Enhancing visual performance and comfort: GLARE2 study." KEEP READING >>

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