I’m always asked by parents, “What supplements can I give my kids?” They know their kids are existing on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hot dogs, pizza and French fries in spite of their best efforts. And they know that nutrients are missing. I’ve had parents buy supplements they have to crush and hide in applesauce, liquid fish oils that their children gagged on, and capsules that had to be opened up and disguised for consumption.

So, what exactly is EpiCor? And, why is EpiCor formulated into popular immune supplements from some of the most trusted natural product brands?

Everyone is looking for the secret to successful and lasting weight loss. The unique combination of PGX® and high quality whey protein found in PGX Satisfast™, from Natural Factors®, makes it a very effective weight-loss tool. Both of these ingredients have tremendous support in medical literature for helping promote feelings of satiety and reducing an excessive appetite. Alone each is effective but combined they are even more powerful.

The light on the sunshine vitamin—vitamin D—is shining bright lately and not just in areas of bone health, such as osteopenia, osteoporosis, osteomalacia and hip fractures. In fact, it is also said that vitamin D deficiency may precipitate or exacerbate autoimmune and cardiovascular conditions. But before going into the structure/function applications of vitamin D, it is first important to understand the history and background of this important nutrient.

ResistAid™ is a proprietary natural immune support ingredient manufactured by the Swiss life-science company Lonza. It is produced via a patented water-based extraction process (US 5756098, EP 866808 and other patents) from larch trees that grow in abundance in the United States. ResistAid™ consists of the soluble fiber arabinogalactan and bioactive polyphenolic flavonoids, and thus has antioxidant capacity.

DHAid™ is a concentrated and purely vegetarian source of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential long-chain fatty acid. It is produced from a strain of microalgae through a patented fermentation process. DHAid™ is an environmentally friendly source of DHA as it is manufactured using renewable resources. DHAid™ is non-allergenic, free of potential contaminants often associated with seafood, and uses no chemical solvents for production.

Over 40 years ago, a remarkable discovery was made by a brilliant scientist…John Willard, Ph.D. At the time, this talented chemistry professor was in the process of conducting research on a highly concentrated trace mineral water when he serendipitously combined the trace mineral water with another product he’d been developing. With that small stroke of inspired genius, he invented Willard Water.

Q: How has the face of the sports nutrition market changed in recent years?

A: Now a $3.2-bilion industry projected to grow 21% between 2008 and 2013, sports nutrition products are no longer just a niche category used by elite athletes, such as pro athletes and hardcore bodybuilders to augment their rigorous training and give them a competitive advantage. General consumers who lead active lifestyles have now sought out sports nutrition supplements to improve their physical look, energy and performance as part of a pathway to leading a healthier lifestyle. Moreover, their brand selections in this category are highly influenced by the endorsements of serious athletes and bodybuilders whom they aspire to emulate.

“Based on the evidence reviewed, the botanical material bitter orange peel, at the doses typically used in herbal medicine and food, is not considered to pose any risk to the health of consumers.”  This is the finding of “Synephrine, Octopamine and Caffeine Health Risk Assessment Report,” prepared by Robin Marles, Ph.D., Director, Bureau of Clinical Trials and Health Sciences, Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) of Heath Canada.  Health Canada is the Canadian counterpart to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.