GMOs washington

A public hearing, held in February in Olympia, WA, saw a debate over the merits of Initiative 522, which would label all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) sold in that state.

mediterranean diet

Spain—It’s time to emphasize all of the olive oil and nut products you have on your shelves. The heart health benefits of these foods, staples of the Mediterranean diet, were on display in a major study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or tree nuts was shown to reduce the risk of a major cardiovascular event, including heart attack and stroke, by 30%.

hemp farming

Washington, D.C.—A bill was introduced to legalize the production of industrial hemp in the United States by a group of Senators in February.

niacin cholesterol

Allendale, NJ—The tell-tale red flush that accompanies the consumption of niacin supplements has made many shoppers opt for the flush-free variety. According to new data, consumers may want to think twice about this choice.

prenancy autism

Lawrence, KS and Oslo, Norway—Maintaining a healthy body is always important, but pregnant women must be diligent in their efforts to not only take care of themselves, but also the child inside of them as well. Luckily, new prenatal nutrition research has been released that will assist expecting mother in providing their unborn child with a healthy start in life.

Washington, D.C.—It is well known that calcium and vitamin D are essential to bone health, with more than 1,000 published studies confirming this effect. So, it came as a surprise in late February when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised postmenopausal women against the use of calcium (1,000 mg) and vitamin D (400 IU) supplements to prevent fractures.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Berlin, Germany—A branded larch arabinogalactan (ResistAid, from Lonza, Inc., with U.S. headquarters in Allendale, NJ) may prevent colds thanks to its “immune-stimulatory properties.” Such were the findings in a study published by German researchers in Current Medical Research and Opinion.

It’s that time of the year again! Natural Products Expo West, hosted by New Hope Natural Media, is once again coming to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA from Thursday, March 7th to Sunday, March 10th. On Friday and Saturday, the show floor is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Co-located with several other events (Engredea; Nutracon; Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace; and Beer, Wine, and Spirits Marketplace), Expo West provides invaluable knowledge for those looking to improve their stores and products.