The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs ($12.95, 152 pp), by horticulturist Charles W.G. Smith, offers in-depth profiles of 26 basic herbs, with full-color photos. Herbs such as basil and bay laurel are described in detail, including growing, harvesting and preserving each herb. Further lessons on cooking techniques help expand one’s culinary horizon.

cyvexCyvex Nutrition offers Cognisetin, “a fisetin-based ingredient that has been shown to stimulate the signaling pathways that enhance long-term memory,” says the company. The firm notes that Cognisetin has much research support for its role in neuroprotection. Fisetin is a flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables such as strawberries.

New from National Enzyme Company is ZIP EX2, an energy-enhancing product. All-natural ZIP EX2 combines enzymes, B-complex vitamins and non-stimulant herbs for sustained energy. ZIP EX2 is available in several customizable packaging options such as convenience packs, bottles or jars.

AstaREAL Clear 75 from Fuji Health Science is a water-soluble natural astaxanthin intended for manufacturers of ready-to-drink functional beverages. According to the company, “It mixes with any aqueous system instantly and remains completely clear with no separation or residual film.”
3 Terri Ln., Unit 12, Burlington, NJ 08016, www.fujihealthscience.com

Glucan Corporation and Anderson Global Group, LLC have brought to market Polycan. According to the companies, Polycan is a “water-soluble active compound fermented from a novel strain of black yeast clinically proven to support bone health and a healthy immune system.” Studies indicate Polycan activates a bone formation biomarker osteoblast and suppresses a bone resorption biomarker osteoclast.

A&B Ingredients’ Swelite is a multifunctional, non-genetically modified pea ingredient that offers dietary fiber and starch. The all-natural ingredient is suitable for meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian products, as well as sauces and dressings, says the company. Swelite offers water- and fat-binding properties and may be used as a buffer ingredient in supplements.

Ethical Naturals, Inc.’s AlphaWave is a blend of claming ingredients built around the company’s purified l-theanine. Other extracts include chamomile, lemon balm, passion flower, hops and valerian. According to the company, the blend is suitable for beverages and tableted or encapsulated formulations.

reddRedd Remedies now makes Lung Care, which promotes respiratory and immune wellness. These capsules contain vitamin B6, vitamin C and magnesium. They also include a blend of necessary herbs and nutrients used in traditional Chinese medicine and ayurvedic medicine.
SRP: $29.99 for 80-count bottle.

Peter Gillham’s Natural Vitality rolls out Kids Natural Calm Multi beverage in an organic orange splash flavor. Containing 24 organic fruits and vegetables, the product is sweetened with organic stevia and agave. The non-GMO, fast-absorbing liquid supplement also contains fish oil, magnesium, calcium and amino acids.