Stanford, CA—A new study shows that an antioxidant supplement may be useful in addressing certain aspects of autism. The data, published in Biological Psychiatry, were collected by a team from Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Columbus, OH—Low levels of vitamin D are associated with depression seasonal affective disorder and schizophrenia in adults. But what about teens?

Gone are the days when supplements came in just pill form. Modern science has created for consumers several options for taking supplements, but the question remains: which way is best?

What are tocotrienols and why should you care? Let’s look at some of the recent news about tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E that involves the prevention of cancer, heart disease and inflammation, as well as being important to nerve health and protective against radiation and bacteria. We’ll also discuss whether the form of vitamin E in most dietary supplements is the primary form of vitamin E in American diets, and if not, can it matter?

Washington, D.C., 10:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Late in the evening on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, the advocacy team of the Washington, D.C.-based Natural Products Association (NPA) became aware that longtime natural products industry opponent, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), planned to introduce an amendment that could severely damage the natural products industry—as an attachment to an FDA user-fee bill shortly being considered by the Senate.

New from P.L. Thomas & Co, Inc. and Grow Green Industries, Inc. are eatSafe Natural Food Wash and eatFresh Natural Antimicrobial. These natural food sanitizers and preservatives “enhance the taste, sensory profiles and shelf-life of fresh produce, seafood and poultry as well as prepared and processed foods.” The wash is said to remove 99.999% of bacteria and +98% of pesticide residues from produce.

Valensa International launched Zanthin XP-3 Astaxanthin, designed for optimal absorption. The ingredient combines Valensa’s Zanthin natural astaxanthin with a supercritical extract of perilla seed oil, O2B Peroxidation Blocker stabilization system and sunflower-based phospholipids. Given the enhanced absorption, less astaxanthin is needed.

Lonza has launched the Memree line containing soy-based phosphatidylserine (PS). Both MemreePS and MemreePlus are intended for cognitive health applications, but MemreePlus also supports healthy cortisol levels for stress support. Both ingredients come in liquid and dry forms.

May and June were busy for companies attending industry suppliers-focused conventions. With a fresh new name and venue, more than 3,500 health and nutrition professionals attended Virgo’s three-day SupplySide MarketPlace convention in New York City, held May 8–10.