New York, NY—Shoppers may not consider natural health and beauty care (HBC) products discretionary purchases; rather, they’re essential. According to market research firm Packaged Facts, sales in the natural HBC market hit $8.5 billion in 2011. This marks a double-digit growth (11%) since 2005.

The bone and joint health arena is ripe for drawing analogies. For example: it’s not about which tools are in the toolkit, but how you use them. Or: You need a whole orchestra to create a symphony. Further relevance can be found in the idiom: “The early bird gets the worm.” In this context, the prevention-minded supplement-taker gets healthy bones for a lifetime, or can keep the worst of arthritis symptoms from setting in, as the case may be.

While some of us may have a sweet tooth, the cells in our bodies definitely do not. Our cells naturally use a certain amount of glucose for fuel, but they’re not so keen on sweet-stuff overload. Consistently high levels of sugar in our bloodstreams make it tough for pancreatic cells to produce enough insulin. In response, the organ overcompensates by creating too much insulin and eventually becomes damaged (1). As blood sugar levels become consistently high, type-2 diabetes may develop.

Who would have thought one of the hottest foods could also be the most soothing? Capsaicin, the compound in hot peppers that gives them their kick and pepper spray its burn, has become increasingly used in pain-support aids and weight-management supplements.

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Defense announced it will not take any chances with supplements containing DMAA, as it has decided to pull such products from stores on its bases, according to Army Times. This ban included GNC shops on bases worldwide, and will stay in effect until an investigation is completed.

Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on companies selling over-the-counter (OTC) HCG as weight-loss aids by making the product illegal, citing that fads and diets promising fast weight-loss often do so with unsupported claims and potentially unhealthy ways.

Today, everyone is a chef, as consumers go to grocery stores in droves looking for cooking oils to add to their home concoctions, be they salads or sizzling sauté dishes. You should be ready to guide them toward oils that not only taste good and are versatile in the kitchen, but also represent a step in the right direction for a healthy diet.

The Little Duck Organics Tiny Fruits are made of 100% organic fruit and are gluten free, Non-GMO Project verified and certified kosher. Appropriate for kids, the snacks contain no added sugar or preservatives and are a healthy alternative to other snack options. They are available in Apple Banana, Strawberry Mango and Blueberry Apple.
SRP: $3.99

The Flavrz Beverage Corp. offers all-natural Flavrz enhanced beverages that “give your body what it needs without sacrificing great taste.” These lightly sweetened drink mixes are filled with herbal extracts, minerals and antioxidants and can be added to water. Available are Fruit Punch Energy, Citrus Hibiscus Immunity and Superfruit Sports.