In July, we chatted with John J. Cannell, M.D., about the safety of vitamin D. This month, we will review Dr. Cannell’s study showing that vitamin D is protective against the flu.

After some 18 years and seemingly interminable debates between two sharply divided camps, the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL), at its 39th session held in Quebec City, Canada, the week of May 9–13, 2011, finally reached a consensus on a watered-down labeling guideline for genetically modified organism (GMO) foods.

Enzymotec USA’s new Sharp-PS GREEN is a soy-free phosphatidylserine (PS) that is non-GMO and was produced in an environmentally conscious way. Says Elzaphan Hotam, CEO, “We see an ever-increasing interest in that product’s source and the promise it holds, as there is a significant population which is cautious about soy and soy-derivatives.”

Zychrome from InterHealth Nutraceuticals is a new chromium ingredient intended to help maintain healthy insulin and blood sugar levels. Zychrome is a unique form of chromium, niacin and L-cysteine called chromium dinicocysteinate. In clinical trials, the company says the ingredient decreased insulin resistance and fasting levels by 30% each in diabetics.

AHD International has created Unolex, a dry extract that is standardized at 10% containing actives and is scientifically shown in a double-blind placebo-controlled study to support joint health in athletes and senior citizens alike. During the trial, 22 participants were given 600 mg of Unolex daily. Positive results were seen after one week of use. Unolex is a dry extract of mangosteen manufactured in Europe and distributed exclusively in the United States through AHD International. AHD supplies high-quality nutritional products in raw material powders and oils.

VDF FutureCeuticals, Inc. has called foul on Sandwich Isles Trading Company for its coffee fruit processing methods.

Hoboken, NJ—A new clinical trial indicates that a combination of Pycnogenol and coenzyme Q10 (PycnoQ10 from Natural Health Science, based here) may benefit patients who have had heart failure and are receiving medical treatment.

Basel, Switzerland—Recreational athletes looking for increased muscle mass may want to consider adding l-carnitine and carbs to their regimens, according to recent research published in the Journal of Physiology.

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