sleeping woman

If you’ve memorized the location of every crack and crevice on your bedroom ceiling, you may be one of the millions of Americans who has a sleeping problem. Be it minor or severe, the consequences of sleep deprivation are more than just a nuisance.

Last month, we chatted with Sheldon Zerden about his new book, The Cholesterol Paradigm: The Greatest Health Scam of the Century. We discussed many of the fallacies of the Cholesterol Diet–Heart Hypothesis including four lines of evidence; any one of which is sufficient to disprove the cholesterol theory.

January seems a particularly good time to resolve to improve your business. On the heels of the Great Recession and at the start of a new decade, you may be more ready for change than ever. Here’s what I’ve learned from successful independent natural products retailers around the country.

savory yet sensible

After a tough economic year in 2009, consumers are searching for ways to add small indulgences to their diets in the New Year. Many have resolved to cook in their own homes, rather than dining out, creating a demand for unique and exciting foods, flavors and ingredients that can be purchased at local natural products stores.

lean manufacturing

Contract manufacturers uphold a major portion of the natural products industry, allowing companies to be innovative and flourish in a variety of market climates.

Mt. CapraMt. Capra Products now offers an instant, all-natural goats’ milk yogurt called Yo-Quick. Available in strawberry, blueberry and vanilla, this shelf-stable powdered product requires water and a vigorous shake to make the yogurt.
279 SW 9th St., Chehalis, WA 98532, www.mtcapra.com

Bergamonte is a new patented extract from Novelle International and HP Ingredients. According to the firm, this clinically tested extract of Citras bergamot promotes heart health, healthy cholesterol production and healthy blood sugar levels. The powerful antioxidant works by blocking an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) that is used by the liver to make LDL cholesterol. HP Ingedients supplies several other branded ingredients including Maqui superberry, Citricoma, Gevuina oil, Paractin and more.

traceability

In technical and economic reports prepared for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) offered advice for improving product traceability.

woman stretching

Los Angeles, CA—Optipure, based here, has released data on a new ingredient intended to target visceral fat. Visceral fat is stored near the body’s organs and when too much exists, one is at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.