Jay Jacobowitz

Independent natural products retailers don’t diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease, but they do help millions of Americans on the path to well being. Independent natural products retailers can’t legally practice medicine, but their knowledge of nutrition and genuine empathy and concern supports those who are trying to get and stay well. Tens of millions of American consumers enjoy better health because there is a helpful natural products retailer nearby.

The rich hues of fresh fruits and vegetables are not only aesthetically pleasing; they’re good for you, too. Most yellow, orange and red pigments synthesized by plants are called carotenoids, and are essential to a healthy diet. These fat-soluble antioxidants are made by plants to protect themselves from free radical damage and help the body in countless ways (1).

Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D.

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
—Thomas Jefferson, September 23, 1800
When Congress created the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1906, it was intended that this vital agency would operate under principles of our Constitution. It was not the intention of Congress to create an agency that would encumber the health of our nation.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are becoming more and more prominent in today’s marketplace, so it is important to understand what they are and some of the issues they raise. A GMO plant has been genetically altered using genetic engineering techniques, and is commonly found in crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton and canola.

Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D.

Recently, we have been discussing the paradigm shift in nutritional science facilitated by nutrigenomics. The Rubicon has been crossed and there is good news. For decades, we have been learning that much of our health is influenced by our genes, but, more recently, we began to understand that good nutrition can often override bad genes.

In the early 1970s, when natural products were just getting started, most food shoppers did not strongly believe that, “You are what you eat!” Perhaps just two in 100 shopped in natural foods stores to avoid the highly processed foods in conventional supermarkets. Today, 20 out of 100 shoppers say that they have healthy food habits, a tenfold increase from 30 years ago.

Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D.

FDA sees need and moves quickly to facilitate by establishing the Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine.

The brave new world of nutrigenomics is growing at an exponential rate. Some scientists are claiming nutrigenomics is the most important development in nutrition in almost a century.

Ever wonder why doctors always tell you to take your vitamins? Vitamins help maintain optimal health and wellness. Unfortunately, some cannot be found in your everyday diet and we often do not eat enough to experience the maximum benefits. Therefore, it is critical to consider proper supplementation of your diet with basic vitamins.