Natural Products Day

Washington, D.C.—Each spring, industry members visit lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to help ensure our laws continue to guarantee access to natural products. The Natural Products Association (NPA, npainfo.org), based in D.C., coordinates these visits by making appointments for association members with their Congressmen and women. This year, nearly 150 members representing 33 states plus the District of Columbia came to Capitol Hill for more than 140 meetings on Tuesday, March 23rd.

Expo West

According to show organizers, some 56,000 industry members attended this year’s Natural Products Expo West/SupplyExpo, held in Anaheim, CA. Overall, the mood was enthusiastic, though it was clear that the recent regulatory events were a chief concern of many companies. Nonetheless, Expo West offered many educational lessons and was the launch pad for several new products and company initiatives.

Milk Thistle

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is spending more and more time reviewing reports of liver damage caused by drugs. It is with this backdrop that results from a new Cancer study on a milk thistle-derived ingredient show some promise for maintaining liver health in individuals taking certain chemotherapeutics.

Immune

Eagan, MN—A branded natural carbohydrate (Wellmune WGP from Biothera, based here) is the subject of a new published study in Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech that indicates it may help improve psychological well-being while decreasing symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection.

Supplyside East

Secaucus, NJ—Thousands of natural products ingredients marketers, formulators and suppliers have their calendars marked for SupplySide East 2010, April 26–28 at the Meadowlands Exhibition Center. Here, they will have their choice of four educational tracks and numerous exhibits to visit.

beakers

Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.

Last month, we chatted with Richard Bloomer, Ph.D., about the role of GPLC (GlycoCarn from SigmaTau) in improving the performance of athletes.

Once touted as merely a fad, or a blip on the global health radar, exotic fruits and grains have settled into being permanent fixtures in the natural products industry. While old standards like pomegranate and açaí have remained strong, even more unique and exciting ingredients from around the world continue to make their debuts in the American market.

AgaveOhgave! brand agave nectar “takes agave to a whole new (lower) level,” says the company. Tested by the Glycemic Index Laboratory to have a low GI of 17, the Ohgave! Light and Amber blue agave varieties combine “culinary flair, superior taste and great health benefits.” New to the line is Ohgave! RAW agave nectar, which is said to have a great taste.