How much do you really know about the thyroid? If asked to gesture toward its location inside your body, would you point, correctly, to the front of your neck? Especially given its importance as a hormone and metabolism regulator, the thyroid gland is perhaps too little understood by the general public.

A simple multivitamin delivers much of the nutrition a person’s body needs, but it might be insufficient for eye health. Studies show that higher than average levels of vitamins and minerals are needed to make a true impact on visual acuity. Thus, nutrition stores should offer eye care supplements since most people’s diets and multivitamins won’t be enough to improve their eye health.

Green Formula 1, Sugar Fighter from GreenSilk, LLC offers a natural alternative for fighting high blood sugar in type II diabetics, as well as benefitting related conditions like high cholesterol and artery deficiencies, according to the company. The Kosher Certified formulation utilizes an extract of the mulberry leaf, combined with other natural herbs, to help lower blood glucose levels. Mulberry leaf extract also contains antioxidants, protein, iron, calcium, vitamin A, C and the B family of vitamins.

Trace Minerals Research has just unveiled 30-count Greens Pak, easy-to-mix packets in chocolate flavor. The product is a phyto-nutrient powder containing super fruits, raw whole foods, vegetables, enzymes, probiotics along with plant extracts and fiber. Greens Pak offers 6000+ORAC per serving and is certified vegan. It also contains ConcenTrace, zero preservatives, dairy, MSG or artificial flavors and colors.

Elderberry Adult Gummy Vitamins are available from Nutrition Now. These 60-count vitamins offer vitamins A, C, E and zinc. The product contains natural colors and flavors, offers daily immune and antioxidant support and is a 2011 Chef’s Best Certified Award Winner (awarded to brands which receive high overall ratings from independent professional chefs).

Trans-Pterostilbene (pronounced terro-STILL-bean), a resveratrol-like ingredient that supports brain and heart health, is now on offer from Jarrow Formulas. Found naturally in blueberries, grapes and the bark of the Indian Kino Tree, pterostilbene is a member of the same class of nutrients as resveratrol, known as stilbenes. According to the company, research suggests that this nutrient may mimic the benefits of a calorie-restricted diet, by activating the sirtuin pathway associated with longevity.

New from Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation is Super Earth Rainforest Animalz, a line of animal-shaped children’s supplements. It consists of DHA 100 mg Fish-Shaped Softchews, and Vitamin C, Calcium Magnesium Vitamin D3, Vitamin D3 400 IU and Whole Food Based Multiple Chewable Tablets. They offer essential vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids minerals, vegetables and fruit.

NOW Foods’ Herbal Pause incorporates the latest in natural menopause intervention with EstroG-100, a patented proprietary combination of three herbal extracts (Phlomis umbrosa, Cynanchum wilfordii and Angelica gigas) with promising clinical data for alleviating the most common symptoms of menopause: hot flashes, night sweats and sleep difficulty. 
SRP: $27.99 for 60 caps.

Amerifit, a division of Martek Bioscience, now offers Ovega-3 with 500 mg of DHA and EPA from plant sources. This supplement supports heart health and is a vegetarian alternative to fish oil. One package contains a two-month supply. The company promises no fishy aftertaste! Perfect for vegetarians and vegans who want to get their dose of omegas.