Future of Personalized Nutrition Explored at American Nutrition Association’s Annual Summit
Sessions explored building immune resilience through personalized nutrition and the burgeoning personalized nutrition industry
CHICAGO (November 18, 2020) - Leaders in science, practice and industry gathered recently to shape the future of personalized nutrition at this year’s Personalized Nutrition 2020 Summit, hosted by the American Nutrition Association® (ANA). The two-day virtual Summit that wrapped up on Friday explored the many dimensions of the rapidly emerging personalized nutrition field and industry.
Day one of the Summit, the Personalized Nutrition Business Leaders Forum was crafted specifically for entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors. Designed to be a reflection of the convergence of diverse capabilities required to successfully commercialize a personalized nutrition solution for consumers or healthcare practitioners, highlights of the day included an in-depth interview with Harpreet Rai, the CEO of Oura Ring, a wearable that has won tremendous favor among healthcare practitioners and biohackers for its precise tracking of sleep and recovery. One of the key capabilities that the personalized nutrition field relies upon is outcomes tracking, and wearables alongside lab testing and patient/consumer reported outcomes are a key piece of the data gathering equation.
Another issue that has historically challenged the scalability of personalized nutrition is the difficulty of fulfilling a truly personalized nutritional supplement prescription. While laboratory testing technology is advancing exponentially to make precision nutrition prescribing a reality, the supplement production and fulfillment side of the industry has changed very little until now.
“A new firm called Tailored Script selected the Summit as the place to unveil a potentially game-changing technology that solves this long-standing production and fulfillment challenge,” said Michael Stroka, CEO of the ANA. “The entire industry, including the individual practitioner, now can customize supplements in a scalable and affordable way. This is a major leap forward in our ability to power people to health with personalized nutrition”
In the final analysis, it is clear that the personalized nutrition industry is rapidly expanding, and the ANA Summit will continue to be the industry’s annual convening point through its Business Leaders Forum.
The second day of Personalized Nutrition 2020 was dedicated to the science and practice of personalized nutrition and the timely topic of enhancing immune resilience. Speakers included expert researchers, physicians, and nutrition professionals: Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, CNS; Leo Galland, MD FACP FACN; Mansoor Mohammed, PhD; Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS; Robert Bonakdar, MD, FAAFP, FACN; and Romilly Hodges, CNS, CKNS, CN, IFMCP.
Sessions explored the concept of building immune resilience by ‘reprogramming’ the immune system with nutrition and lifestyle factors, which play an important role in optimal immune function. Significant attention was given to the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of personalized nutrition in ameliorating risk and severity through genetic and biochemical mechanisms. Clinicians discussed key nutritional factors including vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients in plants, eating patterns and behaviors, and therapeutic diets that are being shown to contribute to an efficient immune response. Summit Chair Corinne Bush commented that “personalized nutrition holds the key to unlocking not only our immune potential but our highest health potential.” Learn more about the significance of nutrition in immune health at theANA.org/immuneresilience.
Next year’s Summit, Personalized Nutrition 2021, is September 28-October 1, 2021, in Chicago and will focus on the future of the field of personalized nutrition. More information can be found at theANA.org/PersonalizedNutritionSummit.
The American Nutrition Association
The American Nutrition Association is the professional association for the science and practice of personalized nutrition. A non-profit, the ANA envisions a society of Healthy People, Powered by Nutrition. The ANA Educates, Certifies, Advocates and Connects to fulfill its mission to Champion the Science and Practice of Personalized Nutrition. For more information, visit theANA.org. Continue the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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