Washington, D.C.—An amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (Bill S.3187) put forth by U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D–IL) wouldn't have been popular with supplement supporters.

Already a leader in the nutritional lipids industry, DSM supplemented its market hold by acquiring omega-3 fatty acid leader in Ocean Nutrition, the company announced on May 18th.

DSM’s acquisition capitalizes on a market already well-established by strong scientific backing of nutritional lipids, while also offering significant growth opportunity for the foreseeable future. Ocean Nutrition Canada is the world’s largest supplier of fish-derived Omega-3 fatty acids to the dietary supplement and food and beverage markets.

As brain health has a sizable influence on quality of life, it’s no wonder that supplement manufacturers have taken up the mantle of expanding the category. It’s also no surprise that consumers, for their part, are flocking to these brain boosters like they do their multivitamins and heart health supplements.

Mushrooms are sold in every produce department, but are they in your supplement aisles? Medicinal mushrooms should be right there as options for keeping your customers strong and healthy. The mushrooms most Asian cultures have been using for thousands of years are currently growing in popularity in the United States with advances in medical research. With immune systems enhancers, heart health supporters and diabetic aids, mushrooms can offer your customers much more than just being another topping on a slice of pizza.

Jarrow Formulas now has a 180-capsule bottle of its Saccharomyces Boulardii + MOS probiotic. This beneficial yeast survives the stomach acid as it helps to support gastrointestinal health. While it promotes the overall health of the intestinal tract and enhances immune function, it’s most important function may be to protect intestinal flora when they are under attack, such as during antibiotic use or during travel, the company says.

New from Life Extension is Olive Leaf Vascular Support with Benolea (from Frutarom). This ingredient is said to help naturally modulate blood pressure levels already within normal range and is standardized to 16% oleuropein. Researchers using 1,000 mg per day of this formulation in a trial documented an average 11.5-point (mmHg) decline in systolic readings and 4.8-point drop in diastolic readings in eight weeks. 

Solgar No. 7 is a seven-ingredient supplement intended to show improvement in joint comfort within seven days. This once-daily alternative to glucosamine brings together bio-active nutrients that increase joint mobility, flexibility and range of motion. Says the company, “Solgar No. 7 helps get active consumers back on track…fast.”

Omega Swirl To-Go from Barlean’s includes the same multi-award–winning Omega Swirls in convenient, shelf-stable 30-single-serving pouch boxes. Each ultra-pure fish and flaxseed oil pouch contains an optimal daily dose of omega-3. The six dessert-like flavors are gluten-free and sugar-free. “Finally, a perfect Omega-3 anytime, anywhere!” says the company.

Bluebonnet Nutrition’s Extreme Edge line is composed of three products for hardcore bodybuilders, strength/resistance-trained athletes and endurance athletes to take before, during and after training. Certified for Sport by NSF, the line offers the nutrients athletes need for optimal muscle recharging, refueling and recovery.