A new system for encapsulating omega-3 comes from Robinson Pharma Inc. called ARTcaps. This enteric system provides better bioavailability in capsules, offered in three capsule weights and potencies of omega-3 fatty acids. Their use of FFA fish oil is targeted specially for consumers who have higher cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The ARTcaps use GRAS ingredients and require less energy to produce than other enteric softgels.

Nebraska Cultures Inc.’s Digestion-Plus Probiotic Blend helps support a healthy colon by replenishing healthy bacteria, improving digestion and acidifying the colon, says the company. It is made with 40% Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1, 30% Lactobacillus salivarius and 30% Bifidobacterium bifidum.

In late November, the U.S. Department of Justice (on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA]) filed a permanent injunction request against a Pennsylvania supplement maker for failing to comply with its good manufacturing practices (GMPs) regulations. According to a press statement, this is the first time the agency has taken action like this against a supplement manufacturer of this size.

Merry Hill, NC—Botanical extraction specialist, Avoca, Inc. (a division of Pharmachem Laboratories) is now greener than ever. In the first installation of its kind on the East Coast, Avoca is now the proud owner of a new biomass-to-energy system. The system replaces three boilers that ran on diesel fuel.

North Bergen, NJ—Avena sativa, known for its calming properties, was put to the test for memory support and passed with flying colors.

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Many people would like to remain eternally young and radiant. While no magic bullet will stop the aging process, some researchers believe a new field of skincare can slow the signs of aging. Advanced research has found a positive link between plant stem cell extracts and anti-aging/anti-wrinkling processes.

Premier Health Concepts, LLC has announced a new lip balm line called DeVine Lip Shimmers that uses grape seed oil, resveratrol and red wine antioxidants. The company says it takes the health benefits of wine and puts it into the form of a lip balm featured in Rose/Merlot, Champagne/ Bordeaux and Vanilla Spritzer. MSRP: $4.99 per 2 pack

White Egret has added Hyaluronic Acid Day Serum to its personal care line of products. Says the company, “Hyaluronic acid is the main ingredient in the formula because it’s a moisture-promoting molecule that is abundant in youthful skin, but begins to diminish as we age.” Hyaluronic acid can help firm and moisturize the skin. SRP: $16.99 for a 2-ounce jar.