82% of doctors recommend supplements for weight loss

82% of doctors recommend supplements for weight loss

InterHealth presented Merastin™ weight-loss clinical results at the 61st Annual Obesity and Associated Conditions Symposium.

InterHealth Nutraceuticals announced the results of a 2011 survey of 45 medical doctors, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners and registered dietitians at the 61st Annual Obesity and Associated Conditions Symposium in Las Vegas in October. Over 88% of healthcare professionals surveyed believe that weight-loss supplementation is one of many components in a successful weight-management program.

According to InterHealth’s lead scientist, Francis Lau, PhD, FACN, “Many physicians, including bariatricians believe that surgery is really the last resort for weight loss. Diet, exercise and a focus on lifestyle changes are often the first approach.” While exercise and eating right are the best ways to manage weight, 82% of those surveyed currently recommend dietary supplements for weight loss. “We also attended The Obesity Society’s 29th Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida in early October,” stated Dr. Lau. “We received the same feedback. Many in this specialty are trying to address weight management with lifestyle changes and many feel that dietary supplements are an important part of a weight-management program.”

While the survey provided valuable insight as to attendees perception on weight-loss supplements, InterHealth took the opportunity to present preliminary data from two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies on their latest weight-loss ingredient, Merastin™ (the combination of Sphaeranthus indicus and Garcinia mangostana). Research shows that Merastin™ works in two weeks to significantly reduce body weight as well as reduce hip and waist circumference. Preliminary results from the second clinical study demonstrate weight loss of 11.5 pounds and waist and hip reduction of 4.7 inches and 2.5 inches, respectively. “This was an excellent opportunity for InterHealth to reach key targeted influencers in weight-management research and practice. There was a lot of interest in Merastin™, many wanting further information on the clinical research and inquiring about finished products containing Merastin™,” added Dr. Lau.

About InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc.
InterHealth Nutraceuticals researches, develops, markets and distributes specialty nutritional ingredients, which are sold worldwide to manufacturers of dietary supplements and nutraceutical food and beverage products. The company’s products include Merastin™ for addressing fat storage and facilitating fat breakdown for weight management; Super CitriMax®, a satiety ingredient for weight management; UC-II®, a natural ingredient for joint health; and Zychrome™ next generation chromium that addresses insulin function. In addition, InterHealth offers ChromeMate®, LOWAT™, Aller-7®, OptiBerry®, L-OptiZinc®, Protykin® and ZMA®. For more information about InterHealth and its products, call 1-800-783-4636 or 1-707-751-2800 (outside U.S.) or visit www.interhealthusa.com.

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