(Blauvelt, NY) American BioSciences, Inc. has earned the âBest New Product of the Year Awardâ for its dietary supplement product AvÃ©â¢. The award, called âNutrAward,â was presented at the annual Natural Products Expo West/SupplyExpo 2006 tradeshow in Anaheim California, the largest gathering of the natural, organic and healthy product industry. AvÃ© was introduced in May of 2005 and is the first supplement to use the novel nutritional ingredient AvemarÂ® which has been shown to provide health benefits by supporting mechanisms of healthy cell metabolism and immune system regulation that are altered by injury and physical stress.
âOver 15,000 new products or ingredients are introduced into the natural products market every year,â said Todd Runestad, Science Editor of Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals magazine, which covers the industry. Companies were invited to submit new products for NutrAward consideration by an independent panel of industry experts and medical and scientific researchers, who narrowed the field to three semifinalists by judging each on six criteria: scientific merit, efficacy, safety, innovation, market potential and ability to increase industry credibility.
The NutrAward is highly valued within the industry. Companies seeking to win it must submit the research conducted on their products to a rigorous scientific review performed by independent industry and academic experts in natural products.
âWe have been in the forefront of encouraging companies to make comments about their products based on science, so we take a look at things pretty critically, and the AvÃ© and Avemar products looked good in that context,â said Richard D. Kreider, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, Director of the Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory at Baylor University, and a member of the Nutracon scientific review panel. âThere were data from both animal and human clinical trials to validate Avemar's safety and efficacy.â He also commented, âThe studies were well done, from both the theoretical and applied standpoints, and the results showed it had both mechanistic and overall immunological impact.â
The Avemar science reviewed by the expert panel included results of over 100 experiments in cell lines, animal and human subjects, described in more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals such as the British Journal of Cancer, Pancreas, The International Journal of Oncology, Lupus, Nature Biotechnology, and others.
Studies conducted in the US, Hungary, Israel, Russia and other countries show the compound works to optimize metabolism and immune system function in conditions in which either or both are challenged. Use of Avemar as a dietary supplement has been shown to support mechanisms of cell metabolic regulation, so that cells in our bodies use glucose, their basic fuel source, at a steady rate through healthy oxidative pathways. Healthy metabolic rate and pathways can be altered by injury and stress resulting in a variety of health conditions. Injury and stress can also alter immune response, and Avemar has been shown to support mechanisms of innate and acquired immune system regulation. Avemar use improves the balance of cellular and humoral immune activity, the ratio of Th1 and Th2 cytokines, promotes optimal NK (Natural Killer) cell recognition, and the coordinated response of macrophages, B-cell and T-cells.
American BioSciences completed the US FDA process of establishing Avemar as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) a designation that allows its use in foods, beverages and dietary supplements. AvÃ© is a dietary supplement instant drink mix and is the first US product to contain Avemar.
âWe are very pleased to see the prestigious 2006 NutrAward added to the recognition Avemar and AvÃ© have received,â said David Wales, President of American BioSciences. Earlier this year, AvÃ© received the âProduct Merit Awardâ from the Nutrition Business Journal, an industry trade journal. In Hungary, the development of Avemar was honored by the awarding of the Presidentâs Gold Medal of Merit to its inventor Dr. Mate Hidvegi.
âIt is our hope that the publicity of winning the NutrAward will bring AvÃ© and the research behind Avemar to the attention of a broader spectrum of the public and medical community and provide new health care opportunities,â added Rick Jahnke, vice-president and co-founder of American BioSciences
Avemar research can be found by searching the National Institutes of Health website, www.pubmed.org, with the search term, Avemar, and/or âfermented wheat germ,â and at the website, www.avemarresearch.com. For more information on AvÃ©, call toll free 1-888-884-7770, or visit online at www.americanbiosciences.com