NPA: Taskforce advice on Vit D and Calcium is out of step with current research

By Elaine Watson

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Vitamin d

NPA: 'The federal government has approved health claims associating vitamin D and calcium intake with a reduced risk of osteoporosis'
NPA: 'The federal government has approved health claims associating vitamin D and calcium intake with a reduced risk of osteoporosis'
The Natural Products Association (NPA) has weighed into the debate over the role of calcium and vitamin D in reducing the risk of osteoporotic fractures following the publication of a report questioning the value of supplementation.

Dr. Cara Welch, NPA’s vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, was responding to last week’s draft recommendation statement​ from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of doctors and other medical practitioners.

According to USPSTF, daily supplementation with 400 IU of vitamin D3 and 1,000 mg of calcium carbonate has “noeffect​” on the incidence of osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women, while the effect of higher doses is unproven.

This contradicts IOM advice

But this is “out of step with current research”, ​said Welch.

“The Institute of Medicine has recommended that people should actually get 600-800 international units of vitamin D and 700 to 1,300 milligrams of calcium per day, depending on age. Their recommendations took into account nearly 1,000 published studies, confirming the role of calcium and vitamin D in promoting bone health.

“It’s also important to note that the federal government has approved health claims associating vitamin D and calcium intake with a reduced risk of osteoporosis.”

Taylor C. Wallace, Ph.D., Welch’s counterpart at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, has also criticised the task force report, which he says relies heavily on the findings of the controversial Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study, which has been widely acknowledged to have "major flaws"​ in its design.

Click here​ for more on the story.

Click here​ to comment on the USPSTF draft statement.

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

A Stroke of Nutrition, A Splash of Science

A Stroke of Nutrition, A Splash of Science

Fun-trition® by Procaps | 15-Oct-2020 | Product Presentation

We have perfected the development and manufacturing process of nutraceutical gummies and have turned it into art.

Going Organic: a new chapter in supplements

Going Organic: a new chapter in supplements

INNOBIO Corporation Limited | 12-Oct-2020 | Data Sheet

"Organic" is more of a healthy lifestyle. Rising consumer awareness of organic products and widening availability are two major drivers of global...

How a Vitamin Can Break the Calcium Curve

How a Vitamin Can Break the Calcium Curve

NattoPharma USA, Inc. | 12-Oct-2020 | Technical / White Paper

Arteries stiffness is measured by pulse wave velocity (PWV), which increases throughout everyone's lifespan, typically from about 5 in your 30s to...

Supply Chain Transparency in the New Virtual World

Supply Chain Transparency in the New Virtual World

Gemini Pharmaceuticals | 05-Oct-2020 | Technical / White Paper

Historically, the relationship between Brand Owner and the Contract Manufacturer (CMO) involved an on-site audit of the manufacturing site. While the practical...

Related suppliers

Follow us

Products

View more

Webinars