Among the millions diagnosed with diabetes, some are seeking support from dietary supplements. But how many exactly? “The National Health Interview Survey recently found that 22 percent of people with diabetes use some type of herbal therapy, while another study found that 31 percent use dietary supplements,” says Dallas Clouatre, Ph.D., consultant for R&D to Jarrow Formulas, Inc., Los Angeles, CA (1).

In designing our series on Natural Success Stories, we at WholeFoods Magazine needed to come up with ways to categorize success within the natural products industry. We quickly realized that most within the industry would measure it by the positive impact made on other people’s lives. Natural, healthful products are, of course, a beneficial presence in the lives of many. But companies that focus great effort and resources on those in special need fill out the rest of the positive impact equation.

Mushrooms have been a popular health aid for centuries, touted as having a variety of medicinal properties that run the gamut from immune support to fatigue reduction. Even though many may know mushrooms in the culinary sphere, education needed is about their use in supplement form in the United States.

Boston, MA—Findings in a new study published in Osteoporosis International show that calcium supplementation (more than 1,000 mg/day) did not increase a woman’s the risk of cardiovascular disease(CVD).

Washington, D.C.—Members of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) came together in the Capitol to ask Congress to pass the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) of 2014.

For those looking to focus, reduce stress, elevate mood, improve memory or stave off cognitive decline, brain support supplements fit the bill. Except for those happy, stress-free Einsteins out there who don’t require any help, these categories of cognitive need include almost everyone.

Energy drinks and giant coffee cups are the norm for many people, even though studies show they are also doing damage. Luckily, several natural herbs and vitamins can provide safe, consistent energy by working with the body’s metabolic systems.

Garden of Life now offers Kind Organics, a multivitamin that is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Verified and made from real, honest, nutritious foods. The line includes gender- and age-specific formulas, as well as targeted nutrients to meet shoppers’ needs.

New from Barlean’s is Tonalin CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) Swirl, which has the taste and texture of a fruit smoothie (all-natural Fresh Apple flavor) and is naturally sweetened with xylitol. Users are recommended to take 2 tsp. twice daily to help achieve/maintain ideal fitness and health. Tonalin CLA Swirl is gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, and contains no artificial flavors or colors.