The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) now offers more than 50 modifiable templates for manufacturing standard operating procedures.

The April issue of Archives of Ophthalmology included some interesting research in which patients with retinitis pigmentosa benefited greatly from lutein and vitamin A supplementation.

Given the magnitude of these health problems and how many people are affected, it is striking that new research points to the fact that probiotics may help those with metabolic syndrome.

Valuing the Middle Man

What has changed is how the broker fits into the natural retail puzzle, and the reasons for the transformation paints an interesting picture of the industry.

ocean nutritionNew from Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited is a MEG-3 omega-3 powder that is suitable for meal replacement powders, powdered juice mixes, protein powders, weight management powders and powdered sports drinks. MEG-3 delivers as much as 105 mg of EPA/DHA per gram.
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graminexGraminex LLC now offers a clear and water-soluble form of its G60 flower pollen extract called G60WS. This standardized extract has the same standardized nutrient profile as G60, but is clear, making it suitable for beverage applications such as ready-to-drink products, dry drink mixes, coffees and teas.

biovittoriaBioVittoria’s Fruit-Sweetness monk fruit (luo han go) concentrate is now GRAS. According to the company, it is the first all-natural zero-calorie fruit concentrate sweetener to be GRAS notified by FDA. BioVittoria says the sweetener is 300 times sweeter than sugar and has a “clean taste profile without the off notes found in some natural sweeteners.”

dow wolffDow Wolff Cellulosics Food & Nutrition has introduced Methocel for gluten-free products.  This plant-based gluten replacer “puts an end to flat and stodgy or dry and tasteless gluten-free food options,” says the company. The product adds moistness, prevents collapsing during baking and avoids bloating typically associated with fiber.

Next Pharmaceuticals announced that it now offers Relora Liquid, an unflavored raw material for anti-stress supplements. Made from the bark of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense, Relora liquid is fast acting and can work with other active ingredients and flavorings.  It also will not cause drowsiness. The original Relora is suitable for tablets and soft gels.