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Europe: DSM sponsors conference theme on nutrition in daily life

DSM is to highlight the need for further research to explore the benefits of advanced nutrition on the health of urban populations at the 3rd International Conference on Nutrition & Food Science from September 23 to 25, 2014 in Valencia, Spain.

The conference will focus on the importance of nutrition in daily life and advancing towards the better and healthier future.

Presenters will discuss the role of nutrients in addressing significant global threats, such as air pollution.

The company will be discussing the importance of micronutrients, such as vitamin E and omega-3s, in reducing the impact of urban pollution on human health.

“With 80% of the global population now living in regions that exceed World Health Organisation’s air quality guidelines, air pollution needs to be the central focus of government regulation and environmental reform,” says principal scientist Dr Daniel Raederstorff.

“Recent research has highlighted the potential of targeted nutrition to combat the decreased antioxidant capability, respiratory inflammation and neurological symptoms associated with certain pollutants.”

“The rising exposure to pollutants is associated with increased rates of cardiovascular and respiratory afflictions worldwide,” says Dr Fernando Holguin, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Allergy and Critical Care – University of Pittsburgh.

“The variation in associated risk between different pollutants provides huge challenges to the legislation and development of adequate industrial production regulation. Therefore, protection strategies for people who are more vulnerable and most highly exposed must be highlighted as a necessary target.”

“Nowadays diets are characterized by an increasing intake of prepackaged foods. This dietary pattern results in a nutrient profile that is low in beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs),” says Professor Lisa Wood, Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases, University of Newcastle, Australia.

“As these nutrients protect against inflammation, populations are thus more susceptible to the damaging effects of pollutants, which can trigger chronic diseases such as asthma. Increasing the intake of antioxidants and PUFAs may reduce inflammation, providing opportunities for asthma management.”