Garden of Life and Minami Nutrition sponsoring Omega-3 Index clinical study

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Based on the findings of a recent Global Omega-3 Summit in Belgium, Garden of Life, LLC (www.gardenoflife.com) and Minami Nutrition (www.MinamiUs.com) are sponsoring a national clinical study to determine the effects of omega-3 supplementation on the Omega-3 Index of the average adult population. A panel of experts at the Global Omega-3 Summit determined that increasing the level of omega-3 concentrations in the blood would benefit an estimated 98% of the population and that balancing the ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 concentrations in the body is an important health marker.

Garden of Life's President Brian Ray said the study is significant because the various health benefits of dietary omega-3 fats and specifically the fatty acids EPA and DHA are well known.

"The Omega-3 Index has been developed as a marker of omega-3 status and is expressed as the combined EPA and DHA content of red blood cells as a percentage of total fatty acids," said Ray. "Typically indexes range from less than 4%, considered undesirable, to 8% or greater, considered desirable."

The Omega-3 Index is one of the most promising new health metrics being promoted by many top physicians, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, who touted the Omega-3 Index on a recent show, and Dr. Bernadine Healy, cardiologist and health editor of U.S News and World Report, who predicted "Before long, your personal Omega-3 Index could be the new cholesterol - the number you want to brag about."

Brian Ray said the clinical study would begin this winter. Over 1,200 participants will be invited to participate, receiving two free Omega-3 Index test kits and a four-month free supply of Minami Platinum products, a once daily omega-3 fish oil with over 1,000 mg of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.

Study participants will have their Omega-3 Index measured at the beginning of the trial and again after taking Minami Platinum daily for four months. The goal of the clinical trial is to show that by taking Minami Platinum each day, which has over 1,000 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids, you can increase your Omega-3 Index.

Minami Platinum is one of the 11 science-based and targeted omega-3 products formulated by Minami Nutrition, recognized as a leader in low-heat Dual-Process Supercritical CO2 technology.  Minami also provides a complete line of super critically distilled omega-3 fatty acids to the healthy food channel market which is comprised of more than 10,000 retailers, including independent health and natural food stores, health and natural food chains such as Whole Foods Markets, Vitamin Shoppe, Sprouts, and Vitamin World. Minami has also received Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMA) certification, a stringent European standard.

Recognizing how important omega-3 supplementation is as the population ages, Minami has developed a meaningful relationship with the National Parkinson Foundation—the world's leading organization for research and education related to Parkinson's disease. For every adult product purchased, Minami will donate a portion of the proceeds to the National Parkinson Foundation (www.parkinson.org).

For more information or to interview omega-3 expert Christopher Speed, contact Rhonda Price at (561) 371-9407 or rprice@gardenoflife.com.

About Garden of Life

Garden of Life, LLC, is a brand of Atrium Innovations Inc. (TSX: ATB), a globally recognized leader in the innovation, formulation, production and commercialization of science-based and professionally endorsed dietary supplements for the health and nutrition industry. Additional information about Atrium is available on its website at www.atrium-innovations.com.

About Minami Nutrition

Minami Nutrition was founded in 1999 in Belgium by Jo Wyckmans, who learned about Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Distillation and obtained exclusivity on the manufacturing process in order to create omega-3 products for the commercial market. The company was acquired by Atrium Innovations in December 2010. Additional information is available on its web site at www.MinamiUS.com.

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For further information:

Rhonda Price
E mail: rprice@gardenoflife.com
Phone: (561) 371-9407

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