ABBOTT INDIA LTD
MUMBAI, India 11 April 2022 — Abbott, the global healthcare leader, has launched Arachitol Gummies in India, a new fruit flavored product for kids and adults. Arachitol Gummies is a dietary supplement that helps maintain required levels of Vitamin D sustainably. As the body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium for better bone health, keeping recommended levels of vitamin D is essential for overall well-being.4 Formulated with additional essential micronutrients such as calcium and curcumin, they help support bone health and immunity.1 Launched in orange fruit flavor, these easy-to-consume gummies are approved as health supplements by the Food Safety and Standards Authority in India.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR 2010) recommends a daily supplement of 400 IU/day (international units of measurement) of Vitamin D for Indians under situations of minimal exposure to sunlight.3 According to a recent study, despite India being a tropical country with an abundance of sunlight, 76% of Indians have Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency, especially in the 18-30 age group.2 Limited sunlight exposure, air pollution obstructing UVB rays, high melanin levels and low intake of fortified foods are some of the major causes of Vitamin D deficiency.4
Dr. Jejoe Karankumar, Director Medical Affairs at Abbott said, “Abbott has been a pioneer in Vitamin D supplements with a legacy of over 50 years in helping people thrive and live healthier through this important nutrient. The launch of Arachitol Gummies is an important step in helping bridge India’s nutritional gaps and enhance good health. These gummies are tasty and chewable, making them easy to consume for kids and adults alike, amid their fast-paced lifestyles.”
Commenting on the importance of maintaining Vitamin D levels, Dr Smita Datta, M.D., Consultant Physician said, “Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption, bone health and immunity.4,5 Having a proper calcium level and balanced Vitamin D levels is essential for good skeletal health.4 Along with daily nutritional intake, supplements like Vitamin D gummies can help maintain appropriate nutritional levels for stronger bones, muscle strength and improved immunity. Additionally, this can help an individual avoid nutrient insufficiency.”
Recently, studies have suggested that maintaining healthy levels of the vitamin is vital to support one’s immunity and response to infections, and research is still underway to uncover more on the mechanisms underlying this relationship. One key role of Vitamin D, for instance, is helping protect the body against various infectious microorganisms through increased production of natural chemicals that help in destroying invading bacteria and viruses.5
About Arachitol Gummies
Arachitol Gummies are a dietary supplement for daily Vitamin D, calcium and curcumin requirements in children and adults. Each gummy contains 200 IU Vitamin D, 300mg Calcium and 5mg Curcumin. One Arachitol Gummy per day is recommended for children above three years of age, and up to two Arachitol Gummies for adults.
Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries. In India, Abbott was established in 1910, and is one of the country's oldest and most admired healthcare companies. With over 12,000 employees in the country, Abbott in India is helping to meet the healthcare needs of consumers, patients and doctors throughout urban and rural India.
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1 Pludowski, P., Holick, M. F., Pilz, S., Wagner, C. L., Hollis, B. W., Grant, W. B., ... & Soni, M. (2013). Vitamin D effects on musculoskeletal health, immunity, autoimmunity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, fertility, pregnancy, dementia and mortality—a review of recent evidence. Autoimmunity reviews, 12(10), 976-989.
2 Goel S. Vitamin D status in Indian subjects: a retrospective analysis. Int J Res Orthop. 2020 May;6(3):603-610
4 Ritu G and Gupta A. Vitamin D Deficiency in India: Prevalence, Causalities and Interventions. Nutrients 2014, 6, 729-775
5 Harinarayan, C.V., 2018. How to treat Vitamin D deficiency in sun-drenched India-guidelines. J Clin Sci Res, 7(3), pp.131-40.
6 Azrielant S, Shoenfeld Y. Vitamin D and the Immune System. IMAJ 2017; 19: 510–511
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