ERNA publish fact book on health food components

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The European Responsible Nutrition Alliance (ERNA) has published an information book containing information relating to the safety and health benefits of vitamins, minerals and other food components.

Titled ‘Facts about vitamins, minerals and other food components with health effects’, ERNA says the fact book aims to correct misapprehensions about such food components “and offers a comprehensive overview of all aspects related to the use of these substances, including food sources, recommended intakes and safety.”

“The fact book was developed in light of the expansion of the Food Supplement Directive and in support of the vast array of scientific studies showing the beneficial role of vitamins, minerals and other substances for the maintenance and improvement of health,”​ said Patrick Coppens, secretary general of ERNA.

“Advances in research and technology means that the health-promoting benefits of these substances can be captured and presented in a convenient form that is widely available,”​ he added.

ERNA added that the fact book – developed to provide an overview of information available in scientific literature – acts as “an illustrative communication tool” which underlines the importance of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and a number of bioactive substances, including polyunsaturated fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid, L-carnitine, Coenzyme Q10 and Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

The fact book can be downloaded from the ERNA by clicking here​.

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