PURCHASE, NY--(Marketwire - December 23, 2010) - Nutrition 21, Inc. (OTCBB: NXXI), the developer and marketer of clinically substantiated ingredients for dietary supplements, foods and beverages, and animal nutrition, today announced that it has retained an investment banker.

As previously reported, the Company is required to redeem its Series J Preferred Stock in September 2011 for approximately $17.8 million. A special committee of the Board of Directors has retained BDO Capital Advisors, LLC as its investment banker to consider approaches to meet this requirement. Possible alternatives include, among other things, negotiation of an extension with the holders of the Preferred Stock, a going private sale or other transaction, and a refinancing of the business.

About Nutrition 21
Nutrition 21, Inc. (OTCBB: NXXI), headquartered in Purchase, NY, is a nutritional bioscience company and holds over 60 issued and pending patents for dietary supplement ingredients, including chromium picolinate, and combinations of chromium compounds with other ingredients. Its products are sold to leading dietary supplement, functional food and beverage, and animal nutrition manufacturers. For more information please visit http://www.nutrition21.com.

About BDO Capital Advisors, LLC.
BDO Capital is a separate legal entity and is an affiliated company of BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership and national professional services firm.

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Contact Information:

Company Contact:
Alan Kirschbaum
Chief Financial Officer

Investor Contact:
Jeffrey R. Manning
Managing Director
BDO Capital Advisors
212-885- 7396