On February 25, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) posted its final recommendation statement on vitamin, mineral and multivitamin supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. In the statement, the USPSTF concluded there is not enough evidence to determine the effectiveness of taking vitamins and minerals to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer. “Cardiovascular disease and cancer have a significant health impact in America, and we all want to find ways to prevent these diseases,” said USPSTF Chair Virginia Moyer, MD, MPH. “However, we found that there is not enough evidence to determine whether taking single or paired nutrients or a multivitamin helps to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer.”
Additionally, there are two vitamins that the USPSTF recommends against using: beta-carotene and vitamin E. According to USPSTF, this is a D grade recommendation. “The evidence shows that there is no benefit to taking vitamin E and that beta-carotene can be harmful because it increases the risk of lung cancer in people who are already at increased risk for the disease,” said Michael LeFevre, MD, MSPH, USPSTF co-chair. “Due to the uncertain benefit of vitamin supplements to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, health care professionals should use their best judgment and consider their patient’s health history, values and preferences when having conversations about nutritional supplements.”
In response to USPSTF’s recommendations, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) released the following statement:
“We commend the Task Force for wisely recognizing that nutrients are not drugs, acknowledging that there are significant challenges to studying vitamins using methods similar to those used for studying pharmaceutical interventions,” said Duffy MacKay, ND, CRN’s senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. “Importantly, the final report calls for new and innovative research methodologies, which is in contrast to the suggestion by a medical journal that called for the end of vitamin research when the draft report was published. We strongly support both the need for more research and the need for the scientific community to come to terms with a rigorous approach to studying nutrition that may not reflect the current model of studying drugs. In the meantime, there are real-life reasons why people should take vitamins and why so many doctors recommend them.”
Calling all retailers attending Natural Products Expo West 2014! Some exciting events are planned in honor of Vitamin Retailer (VR) magazine’s 20th anniversary that you won’t want to miss.
Visit booth #1209 to enter VR’s “20-20 Scavenger Hunt Contest” for a chance to win one of 20 great prizes, including a grand prize of a six-day/five-night, two-bedroom villa vacation for up to four people at California’s famed La Quinta Resort & Spa. By visiting just 20 contest sponsors’ booths at the show, retailers will have the opportunity to win this or other great prizes including an Apple iPad 2, Sony PlayStation 3, and $100, $50 and $25 retail gift cards to SpaFinder Wellness, Morton’s Steakhouse, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Pottery Barn, Barnes & Noble, Williams-Sonoma, Restoration Hardware and more!
The contest is open exclusively to registered retailer attendees, who should stop by booth #1209 to pick up a contest entry form. Completed forms must be returned to VR’s booth by 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, and the prize drawing will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. (Retailers do not need to be present at the prize drawing in order to win a prize.)
In addition to the contest, don’t miss an opportunity to meet the dynamic and insightful Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum. He will be signing FREE copies of his latest book, The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution, on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Further, attendees can have their cake and eat it, too. Everyone is invited to stop by VR’s booth on Friday, March 7 for a slice of anniversary cake from 2 to 4 p.m., as well as a champagne toast on Saturday, March 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. And be sure to pick up a commemorative VR 20th Anniversary tote bag.
Can’t wait to see you at the show!
The first recipient of The Organic Center’s (The Center) newly established Award of Excellence will be recognized in March at the organization’s annual VIP Dinner held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.
Dr. Charles Benbrook, research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University, has been selected to receive the award designed to honor an individual who has shown excellence in supporting the science behind the benefits of organic food and farming. At Washington State University, he serves as program leader of “Measure to Manage: Farm and Food Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health.” Prior to that, Benbrook served as The Center’s original chief scientist, and currently is a member of its Science Advisory Board.
“Because of his extensive experience and background, Dr. Benbrook is well-respected and knowledgeable about diverse agricultural system, and thus his research provides credible science highlighting the value and benefits of organic practices versus non-organic production,” said Todd Linsky, chair of The Center’s Board of Trustees. “We at The Center are delighted that he will be the first recipient of our new award.”
Benbrook’s career has focused on developing science-based systems for evaluating the public health, environmental and economic impacts of changes in agricultural systems, biotechnology and policy. He has worked extensively on pesticide use and risk assessment, and the development of bio-intensive Integrated Pest Management. Benbrook also played an important role in the evolution of the 1996 “Food Quality Protection Act.”
Benbrook will receive the award at The Center’s VIP Dinner to be held the evening of March 7 at the Anaheim Hilton.
For more information, visit www.organic-center.org.
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