Staff Reporter –
Abbott, the global healthcare leader,has launched Arachitol Gummies in India, a new fruit flavored product for kids and adults. ArachitolGummiesisa dietary supplement that helps maintain required levels of Vitamin Dsustainably.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.Formulated with additional essential micronutrients such as calcium and curcumin, theyhelpsupport 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.3According to a recent study, despite India being a tropical country with an abundance of sunlight,76% of Indians have VitaminD deficiency and insufficiency, especially in the 18-30 age group.2Limited 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 gapsand 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 Tushar Bag,M.B.B.S, M.D.,Internal Medicinesaid,“Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption, bone health and immunity.4,5Having a proper calcium level and balancedVitamin D levels is essential for good skeletal health.4Along with daily nutritional intake,supplements like Vitamin D gummies can help maintain appropriatenutritional levels for stronger bones, muscle strength and improved immunity. Additionally, this can help an individual avoid nutrient insufficiency.”
Recently, studies have suggested thatmaintaining 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 destroyinginvading bacteria and viruses.