Probi 20 Billion and Probi 30 Billion from Solgar are formulated with Lactobacillus plantarum LP299v. The potency of the live cultures remains intact even at expiration, and the strain is able to survive stomach acid. Both products are designed to help address occasional gas and bloating and support abdominal comfort. Probi and LP299v are trademarks of Probi AB.

NOW Foods has added a new flavor to its Effer-C line of effervescent vitamin drink mixes. Now available in natural Acai flavor, the sugar-free supplement provides 1,000 mg of vitamin C, electrolytes and other vitamins and minerals. It is designed to support energy and the immune system.

Featuring MegaNatural-BP grape seed extract, Twinlab’s Blood Pressure Success is designed to maintain healthy blood pressure levels already within the normal range. It also includes a blend of hawthorn and hydrolyzed milk casein, as well as magnesium, to support cardiovascular health.

New from OneRmax is an all-natural Omega-3 supplement that provides a cardio boost for tough workouts. It reduces inflammation (for the whole body), and also supports sharper thinking, healthier skin, better eyesight, enhanced immune function and fluid joints.

There’s a transformation underway in the natural retailing community. After decades of strong leadership, many pioneering retailers are scaling back their duties or passing the reins of their stores to the next generation of retailers—some family members, others young entrepreneurs. At the same time, we’re seeing stores grow from the ground up under the guidance of young owners who are new to natural or retailing or both.

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A revolution is underway at cafeterias across the nation. Part of it is stemming from disgruntled kids who aren’t thrilled with their ho-hum plates of spaghetti. But, school administrators are also ready to launch their meatballs at lawmakers who tasked schools with making lunches healthier—a job that schools say is next to impossible to accomplish while still making meals appealing. In the end, could it be young natural products retailers who are saving the day for schoolchildren across the nation?

The mention of joint and inflammation support supplements might conjure up images of people with old, creaky joints, in need of some help retaining basic mobility and comfort. But in light of current trends, it should also bring to mind healthy, resilient joints, and active people young and old who are looking to stay mobile and pain free.

While topicals are no-brainers for helping improve skin, hair and nails, don’t forget to clue shoppers into the incredible benefits of an inside–outside approach. The right supplements can take skin from arid to hydrated, from tired to rejuvenated and from irritated to calm.