Free radicals from the environment, our diets and normal bodily functions are constantly causing mischief in our systems. These unstable molecules develop from weak cellular bonds and are different from healthy cells because they’re missing an electron, which love to live in pairs. Not to be outdone, free radicals scurry around our bodies, looking to scavenge an electron from an innocent and unsuspecting healthy cell (How rude!).

You hear it almost every day, be it government health agencies or private organizations, the unanimous directive is for Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables. Despite constant media publicity, the majority of Americans do not ingest enough fruits and vegetables each day. Yet, scientists are increasingly telling Americans they must consume more to avoid a myriad of age-related problems. However, one plant is not considered enough by the experts: cocoa.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

New York, NY—Natural products suppliers and manufacturers are gearing up for one of the biggest supplier-oriented tradeshows of the year. SupplySide MarketPlace will be held at the Javitz Center in New York City, April 30–May 2. Here are some highlights from this year’s show:

Strip away the associations with “greenness” and Earth Day, and the word “environment” should mean something equivalent to “surroundings.” Nobody wants their surroundings to be poor or unhealthy, but some consumers are more conscious of this need than others, manifesting that awareness in their choices of home care and other types of products. Here is a look at the selections they make, and why they might make them.

They say it takes all kinds to make the world go round. This goes especially for the natural and organic industry, which is filled with diverse characters, each with a unique niche. Whether they’re wearing crazy hats, lab coats, hemp shoes or business suits, together, they form a community. Make that a varied, but passionate and strong community that works together to bring health and wellness to families throughout the nation and across the globe.

For the past 10 years, WholeFoods Magazine has honored outstanding natural products industry companies with our Natural Choice Awards.

For the past 10 years, WholeFoods Magazine has honored outstanding natural products industry companies with our Natural Choice Awards.

Cancun, Mexico—Those interested in xylitol research were in for a sweet treat at the 2013 Xlear Inc. Conference, held here in February.