Following my previous post on the changing regulation the nutraceutical has to face every day, today I would like to go deeper in the development of a new product or ingredient.
There is an enormous amount of information and news regarding the risks of being overweight for your health, especially due to recent studies indicating that the prevalence has dramatically increased in the past 30 years.
India is a vast territory located in the south of Asia. It is the second most populated country in the world with a population estimated 1.2 billion inhabitants. It is a federal republic and consists of 29 states and 7 union territories. The economy is growing quite fast making India the sixth largest economy in the world.
Our first branded ingredient PLX is a botanical extract powder from Lippia citriodora (Lemon Verbena, Aloysia Triphylla) that contains the highest verbascoside content with lemon verbena in the market. Lemon verbena have been reported in traditional medicines. The leaves of Lemon verbena are used for the treatment of fever, neuropathic and stomach pains, dizziness, headaches, hypnotic, anemia, migraine, and cold symptoms (1)
Healthcare costs are climbing worldwide, irrespective of the geography, political organization, or any other condition. The challenges to solve in order to keep healthcare assistance sustainable are well known and repeatedly analyzed, putting at the center of every analysis the ability to reduce costs of care and increase large-scale preventive actions, to counteract increasing age population.
A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently published a study regarding the prevalence of obesity in children around the globe (related post). One of the more remarkable results indicates that the highest rates in child obesity is ironically in the countries where one of the healthiest diets in the world is born: the Mediterranean.
The reason for this is mainly due to what is observed worldwide; the increasingly sedentary lifestyle, and the high amount of processed, high fat/sugar foods in the daily menus of the children. Our lifestyle has changed dramatically in recent years, and our children have suffered the consequences.
Fortunately, the intervention programs implemented in recent years seem to working. In this sense, a 2-7% decrease has been reported in Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal. But rather than celebrate, we must work harder in lowering this prevalence, as it is still of the highest in the world. Although it can be a daunting task, we must make a special effort at home with our children, to increase their daily physical activity, and add more fruits, vegetables and healthier alternatives in their diet. We must do this, for the sake of their future health.
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Reference: you can find the report here
That tobacco consumption has side effects on your cardiovascular system, lungs, and overall lifespan are well-known. Smoking has been described by the World Health Organization as the single greatest preventable cause of disease, disability, and death globally. It is estimated that tobacco kills more than 7 million people every year and only in the EU is responsible for nearly 700,000 deaths every year. Around 50% of smokers die prematurely (on average 14 years earlier).