|[April 20, 2012]
Role of Lipid Supplements from Fish and Plant Sources in Combating Effects of the Global Nutrition Transition
SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)--
Physicians and nutrition scientists from around the world gathered today
in San Diego for a scientific symposium on the Global Nutrition
Transition: The Role of Lipid Supplementation, a satellite symposium
which focused on the essential role of fatty acids in human health, held
in conjunction with the American Society for Nutrition's Scientific
Sessions & annual meeting.
The Global Nutrition Transition refers to the worldwide spread of modern
industrialized dietary patterns to countries where these diets were
previously unknown. In the last 30 years, there has been a U.S. and
worldwide increase in hidden fat intake, largely from vegetable oils
rich in omega-6 fatty acids which lead to imbalances in the
concentrations of fats in cells within the heart, the brain, and immune
While the body needs small amounts of both types of fats, "the proper
proportions are key in supporting brain function, immune function and
cardiovascular health," noted Dr. William Lands, one of the symposium
Researchers from the University of California San Diego reviewed the
recent findings of specialized proteins called receptors for omega-3
fatty acids on the surface of immune cells.
"Vegetable oils are full of omega-6 fatty acids," said Lands, "and our
diet is overloaded with them." Fried foods, baked goods, snack foods and
sweets dump an abundance of omega-6 fatty acids into the body, said
Lands, and at the same time, "we're not eating nearly enough omega-3's,"
he added. "As a result, the ideal balance of omega-6 to omega-3 fats has
been thrown way off - and this imbalance may have widespread impact on
human health across the globe."
"We are seeing tremendous increases in partially hydrogenated vegetable
oil high in trans fatty acid and imbalanced omega 6 and omega 3 fatty
acid profile intae in South Asia," said Dr. Anoop Misra of the Fortis
Hospital in Delhi, "which is leading to an alarming rise in obesity and
Since fatty foods are the primary sources of omega-6 fats in the diet,
reducing total fat intake is one way to shift the balance. However, it
is also important to supplement omega-3 fatty acids by eating fish or
taking omega-3 supplements from fish, krill, or algae sources. The
benefits of a total nutrition solution - which encompasses the inclusion
of a range of plant foods, with an emphasis on low fat proteins and the
rebalancing of healthy fats - is a cornerstone in correcting the
nutritional imbalances caused by the modern diet.
Conference speakers noted that supplements may play a role in improving
the fatty acid balance in the diet when combined with lower total fat
intake which can balance omega-3 and omega-6 concentrations in tissues.
The session was organized and supported by the Herbalife Nutrition
Institute and DSM (News - Alert) Nutritional Products. Ds. Misra is a member of the
Herbalife Nutrition Institute Editorial Board. Among other products,
Herbalife markets dietary supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids, as
well as foods composed largely of low-fat proteins.
Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) is a global nutrition company that sells
weight-management, nutrition, and personal care products intended to
support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in 81 countries
through a network of independent distributors. The company supports the Herbalife
Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good
nutrition to children. Herbalife's website contains a significant amount
of information about Herbalife, including financial and other
information for investors at http://ir.Herbalife.com.
The company encourages investors to visit its website from time to time,
as information is updated and new information is posted.
Royal DSM N.V. is a global science-based company active in health,
nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life
Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity,
environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value
for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish,
protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and
dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals, medical
devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life
protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM's 22,000
employees deliver annual net sales of about € 9 billion. The company is
listed on NYSE Euronext. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.
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