Last year was a challenging one for the natural products industry, with pressures already evident in 2014. The Natural Products Association’s (NPA) new president, Roxanne Green, of Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets, believes that events this year may have far-reaching effects that impact the future of the natural products industry:

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New Brunswick, NJ—New data published in Phytomedicine suggest that a vitamin C-packed superfruit may help support healthy blood circulation in the body.

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coffee heart

Dallas, TX—According to a recent study, caffeine from coffee may increase blood flow and improve small blood vessel function.

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Washington, D.C. —The Natural Products Foundation’s (NPF) Truth in Advertising program mailed 150 warning letters in 2013.

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healthcare costs

Washington, D.C.—A new report by market analyst Frost & Sullivan examines how supplementation can lead to lower healthcare costs.

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East Lansing, MI—New research shows that consuming a high-fat diet during puberty may be linked to the development of breast cancer.

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Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that partially hydrogenated oils, which are the primary source of trans fat in food, are not "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS). It has opened a 60-day public comment period on this ruling, which if finalized would require food manufacturers to reformulate any products currently containing trans fat.

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vitamin D

Bethesda, MD—A large clinical trial is underway to determine whether taking vitamin D3 supplements can help prevent or delay the development of type-2 diabetes in adults who are at risk of the disease.

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caffeine liver

Singapore—International researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Duke University School of Medicine have found that increased caffeine intake may be beneficial to those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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Silver Spring, MD; San Diego, CA—A new guidance document that details the formulating and marketing of organic dietary supplements under the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has been released by The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and Quality Assurance International (QAI).

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