Vegetable GardenStarter Vegetable Gardens ($19.95, 180 pp.) by Barbara Pleasant offers 24 no-fail plans for planting small organic gardens. The text guides beginners and experienced growers in how to plant seeds and correctly harvest plants. The author also offers tips for some problematic gardening problems that one may encounter.

Vitamin DVitamin D—The Sunshine Vitamin ($9.95, 118 pp), Zoltan Rona, M.D., M. Sc., talks about how vitamin D supplementation is beneficial to overall health. He makes the point that vitamin D plays a role in disease prevention, uncovers misconceptions about sun exposures and suggests that the recommended dosage for vitamin D should be increased.

Valensa InternationalValensa International launched a new krill oil ingredient that “boosts natural astaxanthin levels found in krill oil in a product that offers a guaranteed shelf-life of two years,” says the company. Deep Ocean Krill uses Aker BioMarine’s Superba Krill Oil as the base as well as Valensa’s Zanthin natural astaxanthin and its botanical O2B Peroxidation Blocker technology for shelf stability.

Stratum NutritionStratum Nutrition, a Novus International Business, now offers Artinia for arterial health. Studies indicate this vegetarian ingredient (which combines soluble and insoluble fibers) helps defend against damage caused by free radicals and oxidized low-density lipoprotein, says the company. The ingredient is also said to lower triglyceride levels and decrease lipid deposits in arteries. 

SabinsaSabinsa now offers Boswellin PS, a Boswellia serrata (Indian frankincense) extract. This ingredient contains Polysal, a natural polysaccharide from the gum resin of Boswellia serrata. It also has a “two-stage active constituents release profile” that offers longer joint health benefits than conventional Boswellia serrata extracts based on boswellic acids alone.

NuTECNuTEC launches its Automatic Direct Depositing and Tray Indexing Conveyor, which portions and deposits patties directly into trays at speeds up to 65 trays per minute. It is configured to run with the company’s existing 720 Food Forming Machine, which features a 300-pound hopper and a can run at variable speeds of 15 to 65 strokes per minute. 

DaimerDaimer Industries Inc. now offers an Eco-Green Stove Hood Degreaser and Duct Cleaner, a bio-based degreaser created to break down residues found in stove hoods and ducts. This non-toxic green cleaner is intended for food processing, manufacturing and preparation facilities that need a powerful, safe cleaning agent.

16 Tower Office Park, Woburn, MA 01801, www.daimer.com

Petrotest InstrumentsThe PetroOXY Rapid Oxidation Stability tester from Petrotest Instruments is a tool for monitoring and controlling the oxidation stability of oils, fats, greases and other products like antioxidant and shelf life additives.  Key features include fast test times, clear test results, simple handling procedures, small sample sizes, improved user safety, automatic operation and simple cleaning procedures.

AgaveOhgave! brand agave nectar “takes agave to a whole new (lower) level,” says the company. Tested by the Glycemic Index Laboratory to have a low GI of 17, the Ohgave! Light and Amber blue agave varieties combine “culinary flair, superior taste and great health benefits.” New to the line is Ohgave! RAW agave nectar, which is said to have a great taste.