Balchem Partners With Virginia Tech to Investigate Mineral Nutrition on Human Health

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Montvale, New Jersey, (22 February, 2024) –

Balchem, a global manufacturer of specialty ingredients for human nutrition and health (HNH), and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), have become joint founders of the Virginia Tech Mineral Metabolism Research Center – a research center of excellence dedicated to studying the impact of mineral nutrition in human health.

This collaboration aims to review the most up-to-date, scientifically backed information on the relationship between various minerals and human health, and to identify open research questions in the field to help guide and inform researchers and clinicians.

This initiative is being led by Stella Volpe, PhD, RDN, ACSM-CEP, FACSM – the current Head of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE) at Virginia Tech. She will work with a team of researchers on an independently written review article on the state of science on magnesium. The article is due to be published later in 2024.

“I am honored to be leading this team of dedicated academics in this endeavor. The project plays an important role in the future of nutrition, because it aims to provide a credible and comprehensive overview of the current state of scientific research on minerals and human health to clinicians and researchers.”

Dr. Volpe, Head of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE) at Virginia Tech

“We are proud to support Virginia Tech on this project because we truly believe it will help the scientific community reach a deeper understanding of minerals in human health. We see this collaboration as a testament to our commitment to supporting independent research, which we will also leverage to continue to develop effective, innovative ingredients that can benefit consumers globally. Our Albion® Minerals brand has been at the forefront of mineral research for over six decades, pioneering ingredient formats, such as magnesium bisglycinate chelate and chelated iron, while always using science as the foundation to product innovation and development.”

Dr. Eric Ciappio, PhD, RD, Strategic Development Manager, Nutrition Science at Balchem

According to existing research, magnesium can support a wide range of bodily functions, including blood pressure regulation, muscle and nerve function, bone formation and managing blood glucose concentrations. (1)

Considering the large scale of scientific research available, its popularity, and the array of benefits the mineral possesses, this reliable, timely review paper on magnesium is essential to determine the direction of future research.

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  1. National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.

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