Nestlé takes first step towards made-to-measure vitamins

Jun 23, 2014
illustration of vitamins
BESPOKE SUPPLEMENT: The vitamins of the future could be made-to-measure.

The Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) and Waters Corporation – a company based in Massachusetts, USA – have begun working together on a groundbreaking new research project which could one day lead to the development of made-to-measure vitamin combinations tailored to individual needs.

The collaboration initially aims to develop a new generation of tests for measuring the amount of vitamins in body fluids such as blood and urine. It builds on NIHS’s expertise in nutrients and micronutrients research, and Waters’ state-of-the-art analytical technologies

Current laboratory analyses of nutrients in biological samples lack sensitivity, are slow and can only measure a limited number of molecules at once.

This project will develop new methods that can measure a broad range of nutrients and micronutrients – particularly vitamins and their related metabolites – in a quick, accurate and robust way.

Nutritional mapping

NIHS will use its new analytical methods to monitor the effectiveness of fortified food and drink on consumers, and medical nutrition given to patients.

“We want to understand the molecular relationships between nutrients and their effects on healthy individuals and patients at different stages of their lives,” said Dr Emmanuel Baetge, Head of the NIHS.

“This work will let us build up a comprehensive picture of a person’s nutrient status, which we can then investigate in relation to their age, health status and genetic background.”

NIHS researcher Serge Rezzi explained: “In the future, these tools will help us to better define the specific nutrient needs of people with different diets and lifestyles around the world, measure their biological response to nutrition, and meet the nutritional requirements of every patient or consumer”.


Related information:
Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences
NIHS news release (pdf, 66Kb)
Nestlé Nutrition Institute
Waters Corporation

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