The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) announced it is updating its Food Chemicals Codex with new methods for certain natural food and supplement ingredients.

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) announced it is updating its Food Chemicals Codex with new methods for certain natural food and supplement ingredients.

Vitamin D. Everyone’s talking about it, but you may not know very much about this important vitamin. If so, you are in luck! In this bulletin, we unearth the many uses for vitamin D and the latest news about it.

Agora Food Sciences now offers Chaveka Salvia Hispanica L seeds. This heart-healthy ingredient supports healthy cholesterol and is an excellent source of fiber and omega-3, says the company. The highly bioavailable, water-dispersible ingredient is suitable for baked goods, liquids, chicken breading and more. Several versions of the Chaveka formula are available, including those that allow for a high-fiber claim, for an omega-3 claim, for both claims and more. Custom blends are available. Chaveka is made with a “reduced pathogen process,” yielding a final product that is 99% free of microbiological activity.

FutureCeuticals, Inc. now has a line of probiotics, Lacticeuticals, which is Orthodox Union Kosher. According to the company, the “line is based upon various strains of lactic-acid producing bacteria, alone, or in combination with other carefully selected functional ingredients.” Some strains include bifidobacterium bifidum, lactobacillus rhamnosus and lactoccus lactis.

Nutraceuticals International LLC now offers Progestive, a new probiotic made with Bacillus Coagulans bacteria. According to the company, research has shown that it may improve vaginal flora and enhance the immune system. It is offered as a six billion and 15 billion strain.

Badger Body and Massage Oils are aromatherapy blends comprised of cold-pressed organic, essential oils of sweet orange, ginger, grapefruit, lavender and rose, just to name a few. When applied and massaged into the skin, these products warm and soothe muscles and joints and induce a state of relaxation.

Sun Chlorella USA now offers Sun Chlorella Cream. This skin cream is paraben-free, made with a purified water base, contains several botanical extracts and is propylene glycol-free. Says the company of the product, it is, “The only topical cream that contains concentrated chlorella extract as its principal ingredient.”

Desert Essence re-launched and re-packaged its skincare line. New packaging, says the company, evokes the desert’s colors and “will make the consumers’ shopping experience simpler, with color coded bottles by skin type.” For shoppers’ ease, products are divided into easily identifiable skin types: oily–combination skin, normal skin and dry–sensitive skin.