Fat matters – Lipids and health
Dietary fats (also called lipids) are essential for maintaining good overall health. Fat provides body energy, protects organs, supports cell growth, keeps cholesterol and blood pressure under control, and helps your body absorb vital nutrients. Type of fats and fatty acids in foods, supplements, and in biological samples like blood, can be monitored in several ways. Vitas offers a wide range of analytical methods for lipids and fatty acids. Learn more about fats and different fatty acids in this article.
Vitamin D – The sunshine vitamin
Vitamin D is both a nutrient we eat and a hormone our bodies make. It is a fat-soluble vitamin only found in a few foods of marked quantities and it is produced in the skin by sun exposure and has long been known to help the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus; both are critical for building bone. Laboratory studies has shown that vitamin D can reduce cancer cell growth, help control infections and reduce inflammation. For most people, the best way to get enough vitamin D is taking a supplement because it is hard to get enough via food intake.
Short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) - Friend or foe?
Gut microbiota ferment indigestible dietary fiber to generate SCFAs, mainly acetate, propionate and butyrate. Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, short-chain fatty acids may have a wide range of beneficial effects on your body including chronic diseases like neurodegenerative conditions, obesity, diabetes, immunological conditions, and intestinal disorders. Thus, looking after your friendly gut bacteria can be a good investment.
What some customers say.
Our collaboration with Vitas is a key factor in our business model and we couldn’t be happier with the near flawless services they provide us on a daily basis.
– Dag Bergheim Pettersen, CEO
Vitas was an analytical partner in multiple large-scale EU-funded studies, where they performed the huge task of analysing several nutritional biomarkers in tens of thousands of blood samples.
Results were always delivered on time with excellent consistency across the batches.
The resulting data have been key in a number of important publications in BMJ, Nature Communications, and the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.
It was a pleasure working with Vitas - I highly recommend them!
– John Danesh
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
University of Cambridge, UK
We used the analytical services of Vitas in our Large Zoe Predict nutritional studies. The quality was impressive and the data was included in our pivotal 2020 Nature Medicine paper and several other high impact journals.
– Tim Spector, Professor
King's College London
We used the analytical services of Vitas in our ZOE Predict 1 study of over 1,000 people which we used to build the original data science models for our company ZOE, and led to two Nature Medicine papers. We were really delighted with the quality of the results, and the proactive engagement of the team.
– Jonathan Wolf, Cofounder & CEO
I know Vitas for their versatility and deep knowledge of analytical chemistry, making them highly attractive partners in a wide range of studies. We are greatly appreciative for their professionalism and proactive involvement in the analytical community and opportunities they provide for young researchers.
– Steven Ray Wilson, Professor
Department of Chemistriy, Section of Chemical Life Sciences
University of Oslo, Norway
We are using Vitas analytical services in the clinical development of our FMPV-1 cancer vaccine.
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– Berit Iversen, CTO
Hubro Therapeutics AS
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–Hannelore Daniel, Professor Emeritus
Technical University of Munich
I still remember: In 2010 we met as a group of molecular nutrition scientists to shape the “Nutrition Researcher Cohort”, experimenting on ourselves, and Thomas was willing to provide Vitas analytical and diagnostic expertise.
Vitas has come a long way since then, surpassing one million specialized and miniaturized analyses, and well on its way to two million. Still vigorously critical on science and analytics, there is a bright future ahead.
- Ben van Ommen
TNO, The Netherlands
For several years we have used Vitas to analyze blood samples in our drug development program. They have always made a great effort to develop methods to meet our analytical requirements and we have also received valuable advice and feedback to improve our sampling process. We are very satisfied with the analytical services provided together with the accurate and consistent data reported by Vitas.
- Ann Kari Grindheim, Senior Scientist
Pluvia AS, Norway