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For Healthy Aging, Maintaining Muscle is a Must
Date:8/11/2009

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- While muscle-building often conjures images of beefy athletes pumping iron, for the nearly 70 million Americans age 55 or over, building and keeping muscle tone can be a vital part of aging gracefully and staying healthy. For many Americans in that age group, deteriorating muscle mass and reduced strength become a major impediment to an active lifestyle and overcoming many of the risks associated with growing older.

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Physical activity plays a role, but the latest research also emphasizes the importance of diet and nutrition - namely, the intake of the critical proteins and amino acids that build muscle mass and keep it there. Recent research described in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that up to four out of ten older Americans don't consume the recommended daily amount of protein, which can partially account for loss of muscle mass and function as they age.

To address protein deficiency and muscle loss in older Americans, Little Rock-based HealthSpan Solutions, LLC developed a new protein blend specially formulated for healthy aging. The exclusive, proprietary blend - called ViaLeuPro(TM) - includes the amino acid leucine and other essential amino acids that have been shown to be four times more effective than intact protein alone at supporting muscle function.

John Troup President & CEO of HealthSpan Solutions recently announced that two varieties of the company's BeneVia(R) adult nutrition beverages will exclusively include ViaLeuPro(TM).

"Including ViaLeuPro(TM) and leucine into the Heart Health and Energy & Strength varieties of BeneVia is an important advantage for healthy aging and provides a balance in adult nutr
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