The moon has risen, the stars are twinkling and you are settling down for a good night’s sleep. The moment you shut your eyes however, your mind runs wild. Did I pay the bills? Did I turn off the stove? Will I get that promotion? Your heart races. You toss and turn. Finally, after several hours of restless sleep, it is time to wake up again. What should be a pleasant morning turns into a slog.

Nu Century Herbs announced that its Resprin supplement now incorporates organic ingredients. Seventeen out of the 23 herbs in Resprin are certified organic and the formula is also stronger. The new organic blend is now extracted 10:1, whereas the previous version was 5:1. In addition, Resprin will be a 90-ct bottle, rather than a 60-ct, but kept at the same price.

Jarrow Formulas’ Jarro-Dophilus EPS shelf-stable probiotic is now available in a new high potency: 25 billion organisms per capsule (30 count). Capsules are individually blister packaged to support room-temperature stability and are enteric coated to help probiotic organisms reach the intestines unharmed.

NeoCell has launched Beauty Infusion, an all-natural drink mix that delivers beauty-enhancing nutrients. One scoop of Beauty Infusion mixed with water delivers 5,000 mg of BioActive Super Collagen types I & III, 50 mg of hyaluronic acid, 3,000 mcg of biotin, alpha lipoic acid and vitamin C to help boost collagen formation in the skin. The supplement comes in three flavors.

Probiata Critical Care, new from Wakunaga of America, is a high-potency probiotic intended to support regularity and ease gastrointestinal discomfort. This one-a-day capsule contains a strain of Lactobacillus that, according to research, forms a protective barrier against harmful microbes. Wakunaga says Probiata Critical Care may help reduce gas, diarrhea, constipation and bloating.

collagen skin

Gainesville, FL—A branded cosmeceutical supplement has shown impressive results for reducing signs of facial skin aging in a new study published in Natural Medicine Journal.

sea buckthorn

Green Bay, WI—Sea buckthorn helps support heart and metabolic health in overweight women, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Demand for natural products is as strong as ever, according to data collected in the 36th Annual WholeFoods Retailer Survey. Independent stores that participated in this year’s survey had a strong showing in 2013, selling a combined $741 million throughout their more than 1.24 million ft2 of total retail space. Most stores reported gains this year, and businesses are optimistic about the outlook for 2014, all excellent news for those who value the expertise and unique flavor that independent stores contribute to the natural and organic supplements, grocery, HABA and home products industries.

Mushrooms are really important. If this fact seems foreign to you, don’t blame yourself. Blame geography and the slow-growing understanding of their many uses. Though we eat plenty of mushrooms here in the West, other cultures have long valued them for their medicinal uses. Today, the knowledge of how they can be grown, prepared and used to improve our health is finally spreading, while innovation drives the category to new places.