ERNA presents the facts on Bioactives

The European Responsible Nutrition Alliance (ERNA) has updated its selection of scientific fact sheets on vitamins, minerals and other substances to include four key bioactives on the European market.

ERNA this month released the fact sheets on L-carnitine, Conjugated linoleic acid, Coenzyme Q10, and Polyunsaturated fatty acids (Omega 3 and 6), detailing their dietary sources and importance for health, their process of absorption and metabolism, recommended intake and safety.

Last year the group added the carotenoids -Carotene, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, and Lycopene to its list of factsheets on vitamins A, B, C, D and E, and the minerals calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc.

“In the light of the expansion of the EU Food Supplement Directive to substances other than vitamins and minerals, we have selected substances that are widely used because of their health benefits and collated the vast amount of information available into a clear and manageable format,” said Patrick Coppens, secretary general for ERNA. “Our fact sheets clearly demonstrate the usefulness of supplementing the diet with these substances”.

ERNA is made up of suppliers and manufacturers of dietary supplements and functional ingredients who work towards a common European approach to food supplements, reflecting the interests of both consumers and industry. The group works on scientific grounds to strive to ensure a future European market with a range of safe, quality products that reflect the latest in supplementation research.

For a free copy of the updated ERNA Information Fact Sheets contact Patrick Coppens on (+32) 2 209 11 50 or email [email protected].


The European Responsible Nutrition Alliance (ERNA) works with industry, consumer and regulatory bodies to tackle controversial issues.

For more information about the ERNA factsheets contact Patrick Coppens, Secretary General, ERNA, 50 Rue del’Association, 1000 Brussels, tel: (+32) (0) 2 209 11 50.

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