Nutrition 21 Scientist Receives Award for Diachrome(R) Research

PURCHASE, N.Y., Feb 22, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Nutrition 21, Inc. (NXXI) , a developer and marketer of nutritional supplements that help consumers manage blood sugar levels, improve cardiovascular health, enhance memory, and address chronic joint pain today announced that Dr. Vijaya Juturu, Director of Scientific Affairs at Nutrition 21, received the Tinsley Harrison Award. The award is presented annually to honor an author of the best original manuscript published in The American Journal of the Medical Sciences. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, founded in 1820, is the second oldest journal in the United States and is the official medical journal of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Tinsley Harrison was one of the founders of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation and was a cardiologist of great renown.

"We are honored that Dr. Juturu and her co-authors have been acknowledged for the high-caliber research on our Diachrome product," said Paul Intlekofer, President & CEO of Nutrition 21. "It's Nutrition 21's long-standing commitment that our brands and ingredients are substantiated by scientific studies. Receiving the Tinsley Harrison Award is a testament to the quality of that research."

The study for which Dr. Juturu is receiving the award was published in the March 2007 issue of The American Journal of the Medical Sciences and is entitled "Chromium picolinate and biotin combination reduces atherogenic index of plasma in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: A placebo-controlled, double-blinded randomized clinical trial." It showed that adding Diachrome(R), a patented combination of chromium picolinate and biotin, to oral anti- diabetic medications helped improve the atherogenic index in plasma, a predictive marker for hardening of the arteries, by improving log triglyceride-to-HDL cholesterol ratios, non-HDL/HDL cholesterol ratios, and LDL-to-HDL cholesterol ratios.

The award was presented during the Plenary Session of the Society's Southern Regional Meeting taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information about the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, The American Journal of the Medical Sciences and the Tinsley Harrison Award, visit

About Diachrome(R) and Diabetes Essentials(TM)
Diabetes Essentials is a line of nutritional supplements designed for people with type 2 diabetes. The line contains four products -- Diachrome Blood Sugar Health capsules, Diachrome Blood Sugar Health Nutrition To Go(TM), Multivitamin Nutrition To Go and Heart Health tablets -- that provide advanced nutritional support for a range of type 2 diabetes health concerns. Visit for more information.

About Nutrition 21
Nutrition 21, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXXI - News), headquartered in Purchase, NY, is a nutritional bioscience company and the maker of chromium picolinate-based and omega-3 fish oil-based supplements with health benefits substantiated by clinical research. Nutrition 21 holds more than 30 patents for nutrition products and uses. Nutrition 21's portfolio of health and wellness brands include: Chromax ) , Core4Life Advanced Memory Formula(TM), Diabetes Essentials(TM), Iceland Health(R) Maximum Strength Omega-3 and Iceland Health(R) Joint Relief. The company also manufactures private label supplements and ingredients for third parties. Nutrition 21 distributes its products nationally through more than 29,000 major food, drug and super center retailers as well as internationally. More information is available at

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