The financial figures are getting more and more impressive. Private label food and beverage sales surpassed $98 billion in the United States in 2011, according to Packaged Facts (1). That accounts for 17.6% of total food and beverage sales.

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While some retail sectors are making the best of stagnant or declining sales, the natural/organic industry is a standout. Natural and organic products retailers hold a unique place in the lives of consumers. Even if shoppers have less financial security than they did in years past, there’s no lack of enthusiasm and loyalty when it comes to the natural and organic products they depend on to lead healthy lives.

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Some people may not think about their liver except after a long night at a bar, so your customers might not know there are other causes of liver problems besides over consumption of alcohol.

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Regarding what falls into the immune health products space, we can check off a number of boxes: vitamins, minerals, herbs, digestive health products, homeopathies as well as others. Adding another wrinkle to this massive market is the fact that whole body immunity is quite a complex subject.

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Despite shoppers’ openness with many health topics, some are still very taboo. The list of “hush-hush” issues frequently includes urinary problems, which often are only discussed in whispers with close confidants.

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A woman may wear many hats: caregiver, meal provider, breadwinner, fitness extraordinaire, dog walker, advice giver…and often many of these simultaneously! Since a woman’s job is never done, she must put her own health first so that she can be there for all who depend on her. Here, we cover how natural products fit into all aspects of a woman’s life, be it for menstrual, fertility, menopause or breast support.

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What causes apples or bananas to brown? The culprits are enzymes, which oxidize phenolic compounds to make o-quinones. O-quinones produce a brown color by reacting to form compounds with amino acids or proteins. These catalysts serve a similar role in our bodies, as they are used to accelerate the process of turning one substance into another.

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Plants give us so much of what we need to survive and thrive. For a long time, it’s been understood that many plant species house a large and diverse supply of omega fatty acids. The research world and most of the consuming public know how important omegas are to our health, but a refined and specific knowledge about which plant-based omega sources suit different needs still eludes many. There are also useful details about extraction, delivery options and recent developments within this category for retailers to familiarize themselves with, so let’s get started.

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When it comes to beauty, many consumers are drawn to topical products. But there’s more to the story of moisturized, healthy and vibrant skin, hair and nails. Tell shoppers that beauty starts from the inside, and not just figuratively speaking. Cosmeceuticals can be ingested orally to benefit the skin, hair and nails as the perfect companion to topicals like lotions or balms. 

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Kids are taught how to balance, whether it’s learning to walk, carrying dinner plates to the sink or keeping the momentum on a seesaw without falling off. Most Americans are not applying what they learned on the playground to their eating habits. Too many are letting their nutrition crash to the ground by not achieving their recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of minerals such as iron, while other minerals, like calcium, are sometimes devoured to a dangerous extent.

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