U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) believes consumers need better information about supplements, and wants to have legislation enacted to make it so. The Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, he feels, will do the job.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) believes consumers need better information about supplements, and wants to have legislation enacted to make it so. The Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, he feels, will do the job.

Joplin, MO—When devastating tornados hit Joplin, MO in May, the nation froze in its tracks as it heard news of 150+ deaths. But one retailer that did not stand still was Suzanne Charron, owner of Suzanne’s Natural Foods of Joplin, who mobilized the community to help hundreds of its displaced community members.

Food labels. Some of us know exactly how to read them, and some of us aren’t clear about what “natural,” “Non-GMO” or even “organic” really means. Here is a short guide that can help.

In June, we chatted with John J. Cannell, M.D., about the optimal dietary intake of vitamin D. This month, we will discuss the safety of vitamin D.

If you are an independent natural products retailer with a brick-and-mortar store, you may be feeling a bit perplexed about how to move your business forward. In today’s marketplace, several forces at once are bearing down on independents as never before.

Nebraska Cultures now offers four new probiotic blends. Pro-Traveler Probiotic Blend combines Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 and Bifidobacterium bifidum. Healthy-Defense Probiotic Blend is formulated to help fight yeast, fungal and viral infections. Kid-Kare Probiotic Blend is designed to help replenish the strains present in healthy children and infants. And, Digestion-PlusProbiotic is formulated to support a healthy colon by replenishing healthy bacteria and acidifying the colon.

Verdure Sciences has launched Longvida Optimized Curcumin. This ingredient supports age-related brain health and was shown to absorb into human plasma 65 times greater than non-optimized curcumin, says the company. Longvida is manufactured under GMP standards in an NSF International- and ISO-certified facility. 

Creatrate (a creatine nitrate) is a patented ingredient available through Premium Ingredients International. Three clinical trials, according to the firm, prove Creatrate offers more physiochemical properties than creatine monohydrate and buffered creatine. The nitrate compounds are said to offer increased bioavailability of all co-ingested ingredients, along with having higher levels of stability, dissolution and solubility.