A new health claim has been authorised relating to vitamin D and a reduced risk of falling in the elderly.
The European Commission has authorised the Article 14 EFSA health claim, submitted by DSM, stating that vitamin D helps to lower the risk of falling associated with postural instability and muscle weakness.
A daily intake of 20µg of vitamin D from all sources is required to obtain the beneficial effect. The claim can only be used for food supplements that provide at least 15µg (or 600 IU (international units) of vitamin D per daily portion.
“We have been working closely with the scientific community on the preparation of the dossier to meet the strict requirements of the European Commission – a process of more than four years,” commented Wouter Claerhout, Head Global Marketing, Human Nutrition and Health at DSM Nutritional Products. “We are proud to have been able to contribute in such a meaningful way to public health – fall prevention has important psychological benefits to seniors and it helps to reduce osteoporotic fractures.”