New from Barlean’s are Joint Remedy Swirl (Mountain Berry flavor) and Joint Remedy Softgels, designed to promote healthy joint function, cartilage and synovial fluid. Each joint health formula combines 210 mg of patented Provinal Omega-7 with 40 mg of hyaluronic acid per serving. Provinal is a purified fish oil derived from wild fish.

Now available in tablet or powder form is Maxi-Skin Collagen + C&A from Country Life. This gluten-free skin health supplement delivers clinically studied Verisol Bioactive Collagen Peptides as well as vitamins A and C. The formula is designed to support all three layers of the skin.

A new line of vegan protein shakes has been released by Nature’s Plus. PureTrition Certified Organic Meal Replacement Shakes are part of the company’s Spiru-Tein brand. The shake mixes come in Mixed Berry, French Vanilla and Rich Dark Chocolate, and provide over 18 g of protein.

Wild Alaskan Fish Oil Cholesterol Support formula is now available from Wiley’s Finest. It contains 530 mg of EPA and DHA, and 360 mg of beta-sitosterol to promote healthy cholesterol levels. Omega-3s also support healthy blood vessel function and circulation and healthy triglyceride levels, says the company.

Jarrow Formulas offers Yum-Yum PS100 Gummies, which provides 100 mg of phosphatidylserine per serving. Sourced from sunflower lecithin, this nutrient is needed for healthy brain cell membranes and promotes overall brain function. The supplement is suitable for both children and adults.

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Many of us shoot for efficiency in our lives and in our businesses. It’s safe to say from the results of the 2014 WholeFoods Retailer Survey that natural products businesses view this goal as a high priority, as many independent stores have hit on some profitable combinations of store size, product offerings, sales and expenditures.

The herbal dietary supplement market has grown over the years, and right along with it, RidgeCrest Herbals, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT, has developed into one of the most vital herbal supplements makers in the natural products industry. For the past 20 years, the company has used an eclectic approach to create multiple effective natural remedies to help with people’s health challenges. Always interested in getting the best results for their customers, RidgeCrest Herbals continues to design high-quality herbal products that fit specific needs.

Lakewood, CO—In operation since 1995 as a natural products retailer in Independence, MO, Nature's Pantry, Inc. has been purchased by Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage. The store is expected to begin operating under the Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage name by the end of 2014.

San Diego, CA— A study published in Neural Computation shows that a branded version of coenzyme Q10(CoQ10)  can provide health benefits to veterans suffering from Gulf War illness.