P.L. Thomas & Co, Inc. now offers Zembrin Sceletium tortuosum extract. This patented, standardized and clinically studied extract of Sceletium tortuosum (known by the San people of South Africa as “Kanna”) offers stress-relieving, mood-enhancing effects and anxiety/cognitive support. The ingredient can be used by nutraceutical and functional food and beverage producers.

Nebraska Cultures Inc. has launched ProDURA, a highly durable strain of Bacillus coagulans. This spore-forming bacterium has a naturally protective coating that stays dormant until it reaches the large intestine. The probiotic survives at temperatures up to 100°C with almost no loss in potency. It remains stable at both very high and low pHs.

A natural mango fruit extract from FutureCeuticals comes directly from the fruit itself, not the leaves or bark of the mango tree. Mango fruits have several health-promoting properties such as promoting heart health and supporting blood sugar. It features a minimum of 17% mangiferin and a typical ORAC of 4,500 units/gram.

WILD Flavors, Inc. now offers Vacation Destination Flavors. Tropical flavors include Cajeta, Tropical Berry, Vanilla Sandalwood, Banana Cream, Malibu Moment, Banana Coconut Cream, Tangerine Tango, Savannah Lemonade, Hawaiian Mango Cream, Italian Blood Orange and Strawberry Guava Cream.

Vancouver, WA—A proof of concept study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition suggests a branded form of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM, as OptiMSM from Bergstrom Nutrition, based here) may be beneficial for recovery after exercise.

St. Clair Shores, MI—Those caring for loved ones with cystic fibrosis (CF) are often desperate for ways to keep the air passages clear and open. Now, new research suggests magnesium supplementation could be of some help. CF is a serious, life threatening genetic disease that causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract, leading to lung disease.

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Aimes, IA—Adenosine-5’-triphosphate (ATP) is key for cellular energy storage, so key that when cells don’t have enough ATP inside them, extracellular ATP can cross into cells to boost energy. Can athletes take advantage of this system? Yes, according to new research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition by researchers from Iowa State University and Metabolic Technologies, Inc.

Hoboken, NJ—A recent study published in Panminerva Medica indicates that Pycnogenol (distributed in the U.S. by Horphag Research, based here) may help control asthma symptoms. Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract that comes from the bark of French Maritime pine trees. The extract’s combination of procyanidins, bioflavanoids and organic acids has been studied for years in promoting healthy inflammation, but now researchers from the University in Pescara, Italy believe it may have other benefits, too.