Targeting Adolescent Health Concerns with Nutritional Therapies Promoting Weight Loss

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The odds that teenagers today will grow up to enjoy aheart-healthy life are already fairly low. The American Heart Association has developed definitions and metrics for monitoring the cardiovascular health spectrum in children and adolescents and according to their recent review, poor diets and sedentary lifestyles may raise the risk of heart disease for 80 percent of today’s adolescents. Currently, there are about 33.2 million adolescents across the country.

A study published in Circulation (a magazine of the American Heart Association) describes how researchers used seven different components to calculate the heart health of 4,673 adolescentsfrom all major ethnic groups, aged between 12 to 19 years. These components included blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), healthy diet,cholesterol, physical activity, smoking, and blood sugar. The ideal guidelines used as a criteria for scoring included eating 4.5 or more cups a day of fruits and vegetables, two servings of fish a week, 3 ounces a day of whole grains, less than 1,500 mg of salt a day and no more than 450 calories worth of sugar-sweetened drinks a week.The participants answered a detailed questionnaire about their eating patterns and exercise habits. They also underwent medical exams.2

The study was led by Dr. Christina M. Shay, an assistant professor at the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma. The team analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys conducted from 2005 to 2010 to measure the cardiovascular health of these children.

The results of this study found that:

  • Less than 1 percent in this age group followed an optimal diet
  • 45 percent of the participants had acceptable levels of 5 or more of the health factors
  • 44 percent of the girls; and 67 percent of the boys followed recommended levels of physical activity.
  • 30 percent had elevated cholesterol levels
  • 66 percent were of optimal weight

Health Risks of Poor Nutrition and Inactive Lifestyle in Adolescents
According to the researchers, the seeds of heart disease are sown in childhood and the results of the study represent a futuristic snapshot of the prevalence of heart disease in another 20 to 30 years. Theyshow a likely increase in the rates of obesity, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and dysglycemiaas today’s adolescent population reaches adulthood.

If this trend is to change, then change must take place now. This can be done if doctors, parents andthe medical community help. Preventing or improving the current cardiovascular health status of today’s teenagerswould include modifying the diet and engaging indaily physical activity. Brand owners can do their part, too, by working with a reputable manufacturer to create innovative supplement products that contain ingredients designed to promote healthy weight loss and heart health. Some of these well-known ingredients are listed below:

  • Lactobacillus gasseri (a probioitic), taken daily, may help people with overweight tendencies to lose weight.3
  • Green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid, which increases the rate of metabolism, helping the body to burn calories faster.4
  • L-carnitine helps promote increased fat oxidation.5
  • Hot pepper is believed to increase lypolysis and has thermogenic properties.6
  • 7-Oxo DHEAis also a thermogenic agent. It helps the body convert stored fat to energy.7
  • Fucoxanthin is a caretenoid derived from seaweed, promotes loss of body fat, particularly around the waistline.8
  • Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)is said to decrease the absorption of fat after a meal, increase the rate of fat burning in muscle cells as well as accelerates the rate at which fat cells degrade.9
  • Carallumafimbriata, a botanical, may help reduce the waistline by suppressing appetite.10

As the owner of a nutraceutical company, you’ll need to find a reputable manufacturer who will help you create a line of products your customers can rely on. Below are some of the things you should look for when selecting a supplement manufacturer:

  • All manufacturing completed in a state-of-the-art, GMP certified facility
  • Can furnish references and is well-known in the industry for contract manufacturing excellence
  • Award-winning history
  • Offers a variety of in-house services like packaging, labeling and order fulfillment

Contact a supplement manufacturer today to find out how you can produce a line of high-quality weight loss supplements that can effectively meet the health needs of your customers.

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Nutricap Labs is a full service nutraceutical company. We primarily manufacture protein powders and also offer label and packaging design services and order fulfillment services to our customers.


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