Balchem and Virginia Tech collaborate to study the effects of mineral nutrition on human health

Published: 16-Feb-2024

The co-founding of the Mineral Metabolism Research Centre will facilitate the study of nutrient impact on human health

Balchem, a global manufacturer of specialty ingredients for human nutrition and health (HNH), and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), have become joint founders of the Virginia Tech Mineral Metabolism Research Centre.

The centre is dedicated to studying the impact of mineral nutrition in human health.

This collaboration aims to review the most up-to-date, scientifically backed information on the relationship between various minerals and human health, whilst also identifying open research questions in the field to help guide and inform researchers and clinicians.

This initiative is being led by Stella Volpe, PhD, RDN, ACSM-CEP, FACSM – the current Head of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE) at Virginia Tech. 

She will work with a team of researchers on an independently written review article on the state of science on magnesium. The article is due to be published later in 2024.

Dr Volpe, who heads the project, states: I am honoured to be leading this team of academics in this endeavour. The project plays an important role in the future of nutrition, because it aims to provide a credible and comprehensive overview of the current state of scientific research on minerals and human health to clinicians and researchers.”

According to existing research, magnesium can support a wide range of bodily functions, including blood pressure regulation, muscle and nerve function, bone formation and managing blood glucose concentrations.

Considering the large scale of scientific research available, its popularity, and the array of benefits the mineral possesses, this reliable, timely review paper on magnesium is essential to determine the direction of future research.


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