Queensland, Australia—Most consumers know that probiotics support digestive health, and now there are even reasons to consume these beneficial bacteria. New research published in the American Heart Association's journal, Hypertension, suggests that incorporating probiotics regularly into your diet may help improve blood pressure.

Purported false advertisement has fueled for three states to sue the makers of 5-Hour Energy. Oregon, Washington and Vermont each filed a lawsuit, claiming that 5-Hour Energy advertisements are "deceptive and misleading."

Rome, Italy—A new study has suggested that bergamot polyphenolic fraction (BPF) may be able to reduce small dense LDL cholesterol particles, particularly in people suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and metabolic syndrome.

Bluebonnet Nutrition now offers CellularActive Methylcobalamin, an active coenzyme form of B12, in 1,000 mcg and 5,000 mcg potencies. This fast-acting and highly bioavailable form of vitamin B12 is offered in liquid form with a natural raspberry flavor.

North American Herb & Spice Co. now offers Quick Alert, a caffeine-free proprietary blend of energy-supporting herbs featuring chaga. Without causing jitters, this natural energy product offers “the strength you need to get things done,” states the company.

NOW Foods has released BerryDophilus, a new chewable probiotic supplement. BerryDophilus combines four probiotic strains in order to support gastrointestinal health and immune function. NOW Foods says that this supplement is usable by both children and adults, and the product is completely vegan. Contains 60 chewables.
SRP: $11.99

Barlean’s latest offering is its Flax•Chia•Coconut blend, which can be used in drinks and food, from oatmeal to yogurt. The organic mix supports digestive health as well as offers the benefits of fiber, omega-3s and vitamins like potassium and iron. Flax•Chia•Coconut is non-GMO and completely vegan.

Probium is offering Ten Strain Blend 50b. These vegetarian, delayed-release capsules contain 10 probiotic strains with two prebiotics. Probium says the probiotic blend can help with immune health as well as digestion. The capsules are gluten-free, non-dairy and non-GMO, and come in bottles of 60.

Carlson Laboratories has introduced Super Omega-3 Gems in soft gels. Each serving has 1,000 mg of Norwegian fish oil, including 500 mg of combined EPA and DHA. These omega-3s support a healthy heart, brain, nerves, eyes, skin, immune system and joints. Also available in fish gelatin soft gels for pescatarians.

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