Millions of Americans suffer from joint pain related to deteriorating cartilage, and many want a magic bullet to vanish the aches and pains into thin air. The reality is that no supplements in your store can be promoted to cure, treat or prevent illness. But, it’s safe to say that numerous nutrients can help maintain mobility and healthy joints, and your advice about them is invaluable.

Our bodies use nutrients from food to fuel many everyday functions—this fact is well-known. However, this relationship means that when food is converted improperly, all of these functions are at risk. One way that this relationship plays out is blood sugar imbalance.

One innovative retailer has managed not only to survive, but also to thrive for over 25 years through an emphasis on building trust and loyalty among their consumer base. It is this achievement and innovation that makes Debra’s Natural Gourmet a perfect choice for the WholeFoods Magazine 2015 Retailer of The Year.

When we think of modern medicine, the first thoughts that come to mind are pills and maybe the liquid form that you are only supposed to take a teaspoon of. But what if there have been different forms of medicine around us for centuries that you’re missing out on?

The June sun has delivered scorching heat to this industry. Two early summer trips here at WholeFoods showed me, however, that there may be some important ways to beat the heat and let the industry shine through—if we take advantage.

GanedenBC30 LifeTop Probiotic Straws from Ganeden can be used in refrigerated and shelf-stable beverages. The straws have 1 billion CFU of GanedenBC30 and can be used with Tetra Pak and other shelf stable beverage containers. The company believes “the innovation could heavily impact the children’s beverage market.

FMC Health and Nutrition expanded its Epax line of marine omega-3 concentrates with EPAX 4030 EE, a premium-quality, ultra-high concentrate that offers a cost-efficient, high dose EPA/DHA supplement in a convenient serving size as an extension of the recent ultra-high Epax 4030 TGN with 90% triglycerides and a new antioxidant for superior stability.

Seawind Foods offers a selection of all-natural unsulfured dried fruit that maintains the fruit’s nutrient value and flavor. Also available is a wide selection of dehydrated vegetables and fruits. All of Seawind’s ingredients are non-GMO, certified Kosher and are GMP, FDA, USDA and HACCP compliant.

News and notes from industry suppliers.