The Brussels EU Commission says it intends to authorize a health claim arising from the effects of a synergistic combination of substances.
Passed into European law in 2006, the so-called ‘Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation’ of the Brussels EU enacted draconian restrictions on information that can be provided about the health benefits of nutritional therapies and foods. From over 44,000 nutrition and health claims originally submitted under the regulation, by the beginning of 2018 barely more than 260 had been authorized for use.
Until now, each of the claims authorized for use by the Brussels EU has essentially related only to a single nutrient. In other words, no attention has been paid to the revolutionary concept of nutrient synergy developed by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki, and the scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute. The nutrient synergy approach is based on the scientific principle that micronutrients don’t work individually in the body, but in teams. The optimal interaction between micronutrients depends upon use of the correct combinations and the proper quantities of each substance.
Seen in this light, the intention of the Brussels EU to authorize a health claim arising from the effects of a synergistic combination of nutrients is an interesting development. While, on the one hand, the health claim in question merely supports the now discredited cholesterol theory of heart disease, its authorization effectively represents acknowledgement of the pioneering work carried out in the area of nutrient synergy research by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki, and the scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute.
Time will tell whether the authorization of this health claim proves to be a one-off, or whether it opens the door to other more scientifically founded nutrient synergy-type claims.