Boosting public health with vitamins for pharmaceutical applications
Vitamins beyond essentiality
There is a growing bank of scientific data showing the benefits of vitamins can go beyond the essentiality offered by recommended daily intakes. Recent papers demonstrate that specific benefits may be achieved in particular at-risk groups by taking high dose vitamins. Vitamin E has also been shown to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and reduce the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Other health issues where a higher intake of nutrients beyond recommended nutritional requirements have been shown to provide therapeutic benefits in specific groups include cancer,, multiple sclerosis and diabetes.
Clinical data must be used in combination with a thorough understanding of drug-nutrient interactions to define the role of vitamins in the pharmaceutical industry. Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) is one method for analyzing the evidence supporting the use of specific vitamins in pharmaceutical applications, which can be used as a reference for pharmaceutical and healthcare professionals.
The future of patient health
Understanding the role of vitamins beyond the nutritional range and their potential use in the pharmaceutical industry can lead to the creation of innovative products that will serve the interests of patient health worldwide.
For further information, read our whitepaper ‘Micronutrients for pharmaceutical applications’. Keep an eye out for our upcoming posts that will provide an in-depth view on emerging clinical evidence in this area.
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