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Eye health nutrient lutein may be even more important for brain function, a congress has heard.

Latest research is showing the carotenoid, and others like zeaxanthin, have an important role to play in conjunction with omega-3 fatty acids like DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in congnition, and may even have something to say about the onset and development of type 2 diabetes.

"It shifts to the brain because the eye can be a marker for what is going on in the brain, and also in brain research on its own. So lutein as a nutrient that is directly linked to cognitive performance both in adults and in children"

"As a researcher I am always sceptical, but sometimes the results speak for themselves.. I think lutein could be more important than vitamin C".

Dietary or naturally-sourced lutein is best known- and best researched- for its role in reducingthe onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) -  a problem estimated to afflict the lives of 600 million people globally by 2020.

Carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin increase macular content in the eye, especially the retina, which benefits eye sight and reduces conditions like AMD and 'blue-light fatigue'.

Macular density  

Dr Renzi-Hammond´s husband and fellow lutein researcher from the University of Georgia, Randall Hammond, PhD, noted macular pigment density had doubled in those screened in his research and attributed the rise to increased lutein in the food chain, mostly in food supplements.

Other areas being explored by lutein researchers include skin health and maternal and infant nutrition.


A daily multivitamin/mineral supplement can help fill nutrient shortfalls "without concern for its long-term safety", says a new review paper from Germany.

The review of randomized, controlled studies that supplemented with least nine vitamins and three minerals at 100% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) concluded that "MVM (multivitamin/mineral) can be safe for long-term use (more than 10 years)."

"It also reinforces the safety for both the general healthy population and for vulnerable populations," she said.

The Dietary Guidelines for Amercans should play a very important role in improving nutrient status, said Dr Wong. She added that consumers are looking at them, and the most recent version was very consumer friendly.

Americans are consistently falling short on a number of nutrients, she said, with nine listed as shortfall nutrients (potassium, dietary fiber, choline, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins A, D, E, and C), and four listed as "nutrients of public health concern" (calcium, potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamin D).

"We need to have better consumer education not only with industry but also with ehalthcare providers," said Dr Wong. "How much are you getting from your diet? That's where you need that extra boost. And it's not about meeting EARs, it's about meeting RDAs."



Como empresa socialmente responsable, Vitae Naturals se ha comprometido en el uso de ingredientes derivados de la palma que provengan de fuentes sostenibles. Por ello, ha obtenido recientemente la certificación RSPO (Roundable of Sustainable Palm Oil) después de una verificación estricta de los procesos de producción bajo los criterios y principios RSPO. De ahí que todos los ingredientes que contengan derivados de la palma procedan de una cadena de suministro – Balance de Masas RSPO.

El cumplimiento con los estándares RSPO está garantizado en toda la cadena de suministro usando productos certificados RSPO. Con el fin de evitar las ventas en exceso y la mezcla con aceite de palma convencional y no sostenible, VN será sometida a auditorias anuales por una empresa acreditada.

La certificación RSPO de VN ha sido emitida por un organismo acreditado (BM Trada). El número de certificado es BMT-RSPO-0005000. A partir de ahora, VN declarará el uso de productos derivados de palma sostenible RSPO con el logo RSPO.

Se han seguido los siguientes pasos desde el 2014 para obtener la certificación RSPO:
1. VN solicitó la membresía RSPO y se convirtió en asociado de la Cadena de Suministro (SCA). (Miembro número: 9-0796-14-000-00)
2. VN se comprometió a comprar antes de final de 2015 todos los ingredientes 100% RSPO Balance de Masas
3. VN logro cubrir todo el suministro de ingredientes derivados de la palma con ingredientes certificados RSPO.
4. VN obtuvo la certificación RSPO en 2016

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