Thursday, April 21, 2011

Medical Food

Continued from Yesterday

Metanx® tablets, offered by PamLab and made with 3 mg L-methylfolate, 2 mg methylcobalamin and 35 mg pyridoxal 5’–phosphate, are formulated for the distinct nutritional requirements of diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy and endothelial dysfunction with particular emphasis for those individuals who have or are at risk for loss of protective sensation, lower extremity ulceration or hyperhomocysteinemia. PamLab’s NeevoDHA® (including 1 mg L-methylfolate and 2 mg methylcobolamin) aids women with impaired metabolic processes due to hyperhomocysteinemia during pregnancy, high-risk recurrent pregnancy loss, impaired folic-acid absorption, impaired metabolism due to 677C-T mutations in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene and dysfunctional folic acid metabolism.

PamLab also offers ingredients for brain-health medical foods, including L-methylfolate (6(S)5-methyltetrahydrofolate), the biologically active form of folate; Deplin® 7.5mg/15mg (L-methylfolate) for those who have suboptimal L-methylfolate levels in the cerebrospinal fluid, plasma and/or red blood cells, and have major depressive disorder (MDD) or schizophrenia; and CerefolinNAC® (6 mg L-methylfolate, 2 mg methylcobalamin, 600 mg N-acetylcysteine) for individuals under treatment for early memory loss with particular emphasis on those individuals diagnosed with or at risk for neurovascular oxidative stress and/or hyperhomocysteinemia, mild to moderate cognitive impairment, vascular dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Those who consume medical foods may do so for a variety of reasons; one may be to reduce the number of pharmaceutical drugs they take. If consumers follow this line of thinking (and the same trends most consumers desire), it may lead them to want medical foods from natural sources instead of synthetic, processed ingredients. “The natural-foods category has always been of interest to product manufacturers because consumers are becoming more health conscious as to what ingredients go into their foods,” Bush said. “It makes sense that medical-food ingredients would also take an interest in natural ingredients.”

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