In February of this year, the Natural Products Association launched the Natural Home Care Standard and Certification program with the intent of giving its stamp of approval to natural cleaning products that adhered to certain strict standards.

Kailua-Kona, HI—The September issue of Nutra Foods published a lengthy article about the various health benefits of spirulina microalgae.

Oslo, Norway—Krill oil has received a lot of attention lately as another way to boost one’s DHA/EPA intake. Now, industry has additional data to draw on about the benefits of krill oil for joint health.

Kaiseraugst, SwitzerlandNutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases printed what is being called the first published human study that shows resveratrol supplementation offers the heart health benefits of the French Paradox.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Institut Rosell-Lallemand released two new probiotic strains. Lactobacillus farciminis CIP 103136 has been documented for its “unique anti-inflammatory properties and its potential in inflammatory and functional gut disorders.” Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3 supports heart health, decreasing oxidative stress levels and healthy blood lipids.

CognisCognis now offers Texapon K 12 P PH, a pharmaceutical- grade sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) tableting agent. This GRAS-approved agent is “particularly efficient in tabletting processes due to its small and consistent particle size,” says the company. Texapon K 12 P PH can be used as a wetting agent, lubricant or solubilizer.

AstraGinNutrition Formulators, Inc. now offers Astra- Gin (from World Wellness, LLC).

Kappa BioScience AS launched a new form of vitamin K2 MK7 called K2VITAL. The ingredient is soy-free and highly purified for use in foods and dietary supplements. Powder and oil forms will be available.

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