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.

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Staying safe in the sun is a huge concern for anyone spending time outdoors. Whether your shoppers are lounging at the beach, working outside or just taking a stroll through the park, they are at risk for skin damage from the sun. Sunscreen is essential, but with so many on the market, it is difficult for consumers to know the differences and which to choose. Thankfully, there are numerous natural choices to keep skin safe from burns without coating it with harmful chemicals.

Nature’s Gate presents three new hand lotion  scents: Rose, Orchid and Cherry Blossom. They each contain organic shea butter, soybean oil and sunflower oil, which are rich in vitamins and emollients. The non-greasy formula promotes smooth skin and the botanicals in the lotions help to soothe irritated skin. The perfect solution to bring those dry, cracked winter hands into the spring season.

derma e has a new Scar Gel, said to diminish the appearance of scars, and to soften and smooth skin. The formula delivers a greater level of Panthenol, stimulates cellular proliferation, and also aids in repair, according to the firm. Says the company, “This non-oily, pleasant-smelling formula also rich in Onion, Allantoin and Panthenol, helps resolve scar tissue and encourages healthy skin naturally.”

When life deals us a bad hand, we all go through periods of feeling down, “blah“ or just plain sad. This is completely natural. But when the occasional blues turn into chronic feelings of hopelessness, there could be a problem.