O-mazing Omegas

Did you know that omega-3 deficiency can be deadlier than eating too much trans-fats? Last month’s Research News section offered this interesting finding from the Harvard School of Public Health, in which researchers found that getting too few dietary omega-3s accounted for 72,000–96,000 preventable deaths in the United States in 2005 (see August issue, page 10).

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herbs

Fads in healthcare are everywhere we turn. Ayurvedic medicine, however, is not one of them.

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Banishing Teen Angst about Nutrition

It might be easier to predict the movement of the stock market than to anticipate the moods of teenagers. In a matter of an afternoon, their characters may change from silly to sullen, from needing a hug to wanting solitude. But, one thing is for sure. Their growing bodies desperately need great nutrition.

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Superfruits: Harnessing the Exotic

If “you are what you eat,” then why not turn to superfruits for super health? Shoppers are asking themselves this question, believing superfruits offer a win–win scenario with delicious taste and feel-great benefits (many of which are data supported).

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vitamin e capsules

Vitamin E supplements are about the size of a dime, but their health benefits are far greater than their stature. This tiny, fat-soluble vitamin offers multifaceted benefits and is an essential part of maintaining cell growth, cognitive ability and reducing free radical damage.

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Lately, the dietary habits of some Americans might have the Green Giant feeling a little less jolly, and a little more melancholy, making his trademarked “ho-ho-ho” a little more ho-hum.

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healthy beginnings

When parents come strolling a little one through your store's front door, give them a hearty "Welcome to Parenthood" by pointing them to your natural baby care supplies.

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diabetes, nutrition, and your shoppers

If you feel like challenging the adage, "You can never have too much of a good thing," make the case with carbs. Eating too many refined carbs and sugar (combined with not enough exercise and some genetic factors thrown in) may put one at risk for diabetes.

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detoxification

Much of the American populace is currently immersed in a sea of chemicals that were never meant to be inside the human body. Over four million of these chemicals have been created synthetically since 1915 (1). In fact, the average person living in the developed world is contaminated with up to 500 industrial toxins (2).

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Private Labeling: Beyond the World of "Me, Too"

The market reports speak for themselves: private labeling is hot, hot, hot! U.S. shoppers spent $81 billion on store brand items in 2008, marking a 10% increase in sales over the past year.

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