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How Targeted Nutrition Gives Airmen a Mental, Physical Edge
Nutrition has long been linked to better performance, whether it's propelling athletes toward big victories or helping students ace important tests. But more recently, experts have begun to wonder whether certain nutrients could impact performance in specific ways. As part of an ongoing collaboration between Abbott, the University of Illinois, and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, a new study set out to answer this question by examining nutrition's impact on the performance of men and women in the U.S. Air About the Study Researchers divided 148 men and women of the U.S. Air Force into two groups. For 12 weeks, one group did a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) routine, while the other performed the same exercise regimen while adding a targeted nutrition supplement to their diets. The group that combined exercise with this twice-a-day supplement saw better improvements in key mental and physical performance areas, including problem-solving and reaction time than the group that relied on exercise alone. Over and above the impact of HIIT, the group consuming the high-protein nutritional drink containing lutein, omega-3 fatty acid DHA, phospholipids and Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) displayed.
Study: What Your Protein Habits Say About Your Health
When you walk into a café and glance at the menu or walk down the supermarket aisle, you'll no doubt notice the emphasis on protein in everything from the salads and soups we order to the Greek yogurt, nuts and other foods we buy every week. With so many reminders of its presence, it's easy to assume that you're getting all the protein you need for optimal health.
Abbott Scientists Rachael Buck and Ricardo Rueda-Cabrera Inducted into AIMBE's 2020 College of Fellows
Albert Einstein once said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence.” Two of Abbott’s top medical nutrition researchers have spent their careers questioning, and because of that innate curiosity, they have made major contributions to their field –creating widespread impact on the scientific community and in the field of medical nutrition.
Nutrition as a Means of Addressing Health Disparities
The first wealth is health. It’s a sage observation from writer Ralph Waldo Emerson that still rings true today. Yet, despite stunning breakthroughs in research, healthcare, and technology, we still face challenges in helping people live healthier. Rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are dramatically rising, leaving health experts searching for ways to improve the health of people everywhere. That’s why getting back to proper nutrition is more important than ever. Nutrition is the foundation for living your best life. It has the power to support immune health, aid in illness recovery, and prevent disease.
Providing New Parents with Nutrition Resources: A Partnership with Feeding America
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to affect families and communities, Abbott is focused on supporting those in need. New consumer behaviors that have developed during this pandemic, like stockpiling goods, have presented challenges for people across the country to get the important products they need when they need them, including infant formula. To help families with the greatest need have access to formula, Abbott is donating Similac® infant formula—a total of 1.5 million feedings— to seven Feeding America food banks across the nation experiencing the greatest need. Through this donation and our broader work to provide access to our products, Abbott is delivering on its promise to help parents nourish their babies.
Ultra Rice: Feeding Families for the Future
Nutrition supports good health at every stage of life, but it's especially important for kids. Childhood is a crucial time for development of the brain and body, both of which rely on essential vitamins and minerals like iron, vitamin A and essential B vitamins. A balanced diet is the best way to get all the nutrients you need, but that's not always possible for everyone. Leading international nonprofit, PATH, created Ultra Rice® as part of a solution to that problem. Abbott strives to improve lives all over the world through the development of high-quality nutrition products that protect families by helping to supply the essential nutrients that keep people healthy. By partnering with PATH, Abbott scientists were able to continue this important mission. Searching for a Solution Malnutrition in India affects millions of people every day. As nutrition experts, PATH and Abbott scientists saw an opportunity to collaborate to create a better Ultra Rice: a cost-effective, scalable and sustainable system for delivering essential nutrients in a form that people would want to eat. PATH's Ultra Rice technology provided the opportunity to improve on an already fortified grain that would work for the community. Rice is a staple food for about 65 percent of India’s population — with so many people already growing, cooking and eating the grain, it was a viable option for providing a source of better nutrition.