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AANP Foundation becomes member of CRN

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation officially was welcomed as one of the latest members of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the dietary supplement association announced Monday.

The AANP Foundation was created by AANP in 1998 as an independently incorporated 501(c)(3) philanthropic nonprofit organization. Its mission is to advance the roles of nurse practitioners through the support of education, research and practice for the improvement of the public’s health.

CRN also welcomed DreamPak, a company that develops convenient single-serve product innovations for the global nutraceutical market, and RNI (Regulations Nutrition International) Consulting. RNI offers global expertise for the international regulatory requirements of food supplements, dietary products and health products.

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Santa Cruz Nutritionals launches fiber gumdrops

BY Allison Cerra

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. Santa Cruz Nutritionals introduces FiberAdvance Gummies, an all-natural fiber supplement for adults.

For every serving (two gumdrops), these fruit flavored gummies that provide 4g of soluble fiber. FiberAdvance Gummies are made with inulin, a natural source of fiber that is extracted from the roots of the chicory plant. Inulin is a prebiotic, which means that it stimulates the growth and activity of the “good” bacteria that is essential to digestive and overall health, Santa Cruz Nutritionals said.

“The American Dietetic Association recommends 20 to 35 g of fiber per day, yet the average American consumes only 14 to 15,” said Emily Vinik, retail sales and marketing manager. “With no messy powders or chalky tablets to deal with, FiberAdvance Gummies are the most delicious way for active and health-conscious consumers to supplement their daily fiber intake.”

FiberAdvance Gummies come in six all-natural flavors: lemon, orange, cherry, green apple, grape and strawberry. Each bottle contains 90 drops or a 45-day supply. The product is available in Walmart stores across the nation for a suggested retail price of $9.95.

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Study reveals breast-feeding may save lives, money

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO An analysis published in the online edition of Pediatrics estimated that close to 900 babies’ lives would be saved if 90% of mothers breast-fed their children for the first six months of life.

In addition to the lives that would be saved from breast-feeding, the analysis also concluded that billion-dollars costs would be spared. The results implied that breast-feeding may prevent costly illnesses and various health problems babies can experience. The United States would save $13 billion per year and prevent an excess 911 deaths, a 2001 study included in the analysis noted.

“Current U.S. breast-feeding rates are suboptimal and result in significant excess costs and preventable infant deaths,” the study conclusion read. “Investment in strategies to promote longer breast-feeding duration and exclusivity may be cost-effective.”

Lead authors of the study were Melissa Bartick and Arnold Reinhold.

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