East Rutherford, NJ—A paper published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods provides evidence that Maitake D-Fraction, a proprietary extract of the Maitake mushroom developed by Mushroom Wisdom, Inc., induces apoptosis in human breast cancer cells.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken news steps to create a standard definition for the term “gluten-free,” according to a new consumer update. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken news steps to create a standard definition for the term “gluten-free,” according to a new consumer update. 

Plentiful on market shelves and sometimes fermented for decades, wine is enjoyed by millions of aficionados across the globe. Whether savored at meal time or just to relax and unwind, a component in wine—resveratrol—is said to offer health benefits. To fully access the benefits of this important nutrient without the detrimental effects of consuming too much alcohol, nutrition stores stock concentrated resveratrol supplements that support heart, circulatory, cellular, bone health and more (1, 2).

In July, we chatted with John J. Cannell, M.D., about the safety of vitamin D. This month, we will review Dr. Cannell’s study showing that vitamin D is protective against the flu.

After some 18 years and seemingly interminable debates between two sharply divided camps, the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL), at its 39th session held in Quebec City, Canada, the week of May 9–13, 2011, finally reached a consensus on a watered-down labeling guideline for genetically modified organism (GMO) foods.

Enzymotec USA’s new Sharp-PS GREEN is a soy-free phosphatidylserine (PS) that is non-GMO and was produced in an environmentally conscious way. Says Elzaphan Hotam, CEO, “We see an ever-increasing interest in that product’s source and the promise it holds, as there is a significant population which is cautious about soy and soy-derivatives.”

Zychrome from InterHealth Nutraceuticals is a new chromium ingredient intended to help maintain healthy insulin and blood sugar levels. Zychrome is a unique form of chromium, niacin and L-cysteine called chromium dinicocysteinate. In clinical trials, the company says the ingredient decreased insulin resistance and fasting levels by 30% each in diabetics.

AHD International has created Unolex, a dry extract that is standardized at 10% containing actives and is scientifically shown in a double-blind placebo-controlled study to support joint health in athletes and senior citizens alike. During the trial, 22 participants were given 600 mg of Unolex daily. Positive results were seen after one week of use. Unolex is a dry extract of mangosteen manufactured in Europe and distributed exclusively in the United States through AHD International. AHD supplies high-quality nutritional products in raw material powders and oils.