You have probably heard of the newly popular diet trend known as the Paleo Diet, which involves eating how your ancestors did over 2.5 million years ago. Although this diet doesn’t match caveman eating habits exactly, consuming nutrient-rich foods in whole form has always been a healthy choice for our bodies, even in the 21st century. As the Paleo Diet may not be for everybody, learn the pros and cons before you try it out.

One of the most important nutrients is the mineral magnesium. It is so basic that its importance can easily be overlooked. Yet, nearly every nutritional researcher I chat with makes a point to include magnesium in our discussions. As examples, I devoted much emphasis to magnesium in my Supernutrition Books. Stephen Sinatra, M.D., made magnesium one of his “Four Pillars.” Fred Kummerow, Ph.D., discussed magnesium in our recent interview (October and November issues). Lendon Smith, M.D., stressed magnesium for nerves.

Angelika Tritscher, the World Health Organization representative to Codex Alimentarius meetings, aptly posed a question to the Codex delegates assembled at a Food Contaminants meeting in Moscow last year, “How can we keep Codex relevant?” In posing this question, Dr. Tritscher quickly cut to the heart of the potential downfall of Codex. My response to Dr. Tritscher’s question was, “If Codex wants to remain relevant to consumers, then it must create food standards that are truly healthy and make sense.”

Fruit d’Or Nutraceuticals offers LactoCran, a combo of Sabinsa’s shelf-stable LactoSpore probiotic (Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856) and Cran Naturelle cranberry seed powder from Fruit d’Or. It can be used in foods, beverages and dietary supplements. LactoCran supports digestive and heart health.

Naturex unveiled a new maca ingredient for natural sexual performance products called Macador. “Gently extracted with water, the ingredient is the first maca extract to be standardized to amino acids,” according to Naturex. This helps ensure quality from batch to batch. The maca is sustainably sourced. Results are seen after two weeks.

TIC Gums has launched Ticaloid GF 313. Ticaloid GF 313 is a hydrocolloid system developed for sweet baked goods. It helps manufacturers achieve the softness, cohesiveness and batter viscosity lost when switching to gluten-free formulations, allowing them to suspend additions like blueberries.

Topricin

Topical BioMedics, Inc. has a new four-color Topricin floor display available that is 56 inches high by 13 inches wide by 15 inches deep. The free-standing display is made of heavy-duty cardboard, has flexible shelving for displaying any type and size of Topricin, and includes a replaceable $2.00 coupon booklet and trifold product brochure pocket.

Aroma NaturalsThe Amazing 30 skin care collection from Aroma Naturals brings together 30 natural ingredients to help decrease laugh lines, wrinkles and redness. Aroma Naturals uses a manufacturing process designed to ensure that these ingredients retain all of their essential phytonutrients. The Amazing 30 is currently available in Lotion, Crème and Serum formats, and contains no preservatives.

Petroleum jelly alternativeWaxelene is a new 100% natural petroleum jelly alternative. Made with organic soy oil, beeswax, organic rosemary oil and natural vitamin E, the product is available in 9-oz jar, 2-oz jar, flip tube and lip tube varieties. The product lets skin breathe and remain soft, never greasy.