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New Research Shows Nutrition 21's Chromium Histidinate Improves Markers for Mood and Carbohydrate Cravings
Date:5/14/2009

U.S.D.A. Animal Studies: Chromium Picolinate and Chromium Histidinate Down-regulate Gene in Brain that Precedes Alzheimer's Disease

Additional Studies Continue to Demonstrate Safety and Efficacy of Nutrition 21's Chromax Chromium Picolinate

PURCHASE, N.Y., May 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nutrition 21, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXXI), the developer and marketer of nutritional supplements under the Iceland Health(R) and Diabetes Essentials brands, recently presented results of a research study testing its chromium histidinate in animal models of obesity and of diabetes. The addition of chromium histidinate to the diet significantly increased brain serotonin levels. Increased serotonin levels are known to improve mood and decrease carbohydrate cravings. These results were presented at the Experimental Biology 2009 conference in New Orleans.

Additional research on chromium was presented by scientists from the U.S.D.A. and from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). The U.S.D.A. study in animals showed that chromium histidinate and chromium picolinate reduced the expression of the gene in the brain that produces TAU proteins. The TAU protein is involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Research by MCG demonstrated that high doses of chromium picolinate are safe and does not cause kidney dysfunction in animal models of obesity and of diabetes.

James Komorowski, M.S., vice president - technical services and scientific affairs for Nutrition 21, stated, "These results provide a mechanism by which chromium histidinate and chromium picolinate improves mood and reduces carbohydrate cravings. The research by the U.S.D.A. provides evidence to support additional research in new chromium applications that address significant quality of life issues in our society. The research by MCG continues to s
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