We all know that mono cropping, herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers are depleting the soil of minerals and trace elements, which we need in our foods to stay healthy. Humans need such elements as phosphorus, calcium, sulfur, sodium, chloride, and potassium for our basic survival. To consume the same amount of minerals and trace elements as our parents did during their childhood, we would need to eat at least 35% more food. What we need is a more efficient source of minerals and trace elements.

Statistics show that most Americans gain 5 to 10 pounds each holiday season, so to help combat this, Growing Naturals has issued the 2014 Winter Weight Challenge at WinterWeightChallenge.com. The challenge website provides education, recipes, expert advice, and weekly giveaways, culminating in a sweepstakes to win a luxurious weekend getaway at the Oaks at Ojai destination spa in Ojai, California.

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East Windsor, NJ—A recent study published in Studies In Contemporary Medicine has shown that curcuminoids may have a positive effect on overall lipid profile, including total cholesterol.

Kailua-Kona, HI— Microalgae supplement maker Cyanotech has unveiled a 2,280 panel solar array on its microalgae farm.

Geneva, Switzerland— A new peer-reviewed study published in the International Journal of Angiology shows that a branded pine bark extract supplement may improve the appearance, swelling and discomfort of pregnancy-induced varicose veins and spider vein clusters.

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Five tips for making sure your holiday season remains both healthy and happy.

Laval, Québec, Canada—Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. has appointed Jim Hamilton as its new president and CEO, effective February 2, 2015.

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