Phase One: Central America
In collaboration with the USDA Foreign and Agricultural Service and the Governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the current principals of SNI and Intermark Partners Strategic Management led a pilot test to establish baseline documentation for the nutritional potency of rice bran derivatives.
These pilot studies were implemented among 67,000 school-age (ages 6-10) children across 76 school districts in Guatemala, 35,000 school-age children in 174 primary schools in El Salvador, and among 1500 lactating mothers across the region.
The only change in the test population’s diet was 15 grams of Nutra-Iso® in their daily breakfast milk drink. All children in the program were tested prior to program commencement.
In Guatemala, it was found that 37% of the children going into the program were diagnosed as having either Stage I (slightly malnourished) or Stage II (moderate) malnutrition. Another 46% of the children going into the program were determined to be “at risk” of becoming malnourished, while only 17% were diagnosed as being normal.
At the end of one full school year (10 months) the program results in Guatemala showed that the number of children diagnosed as malnourished had declined from 37% to 5%, while those who were at risk of becoming malnourished dropped only slightly from 46% to 44% . Meanwhile, the number of children diagnosed as normal increased dramatically, from 17% to 51%.
In El Salvador, malnutrition was reduced by 15% in a 6-month period, compared to 1% in the control group that did not receive Nutra-Iso®. The lactating mothers´ component of the program was conducted over a 2- month period, producing equally positive results. It was found that: (1) the overall health of the program participants increased dramatically, (2) the pregnant mothers delivered healthier babies with increased live birth weights and fewer still births, and (3) the newborn infants achieved significantly greater developmental capacity during the first six months when compared to the control group.
These results confirmed the potential benefits of rice bran derivatives in addressing chronic malnutrition in nutrient-deficit regions worldwide, but required further development to extract the highest possible nutraceutical nutrition from the rice bran. The Nutra-Iso® proprietary nutrient extraction technology was developed with this goal in mind. Currently, the proprietary Nutra-Iso® technology is being incorporated into nutrient-dense formulations for delivery to a number of nutrient-deficient populations in North, Central and South America.