Supplement May be Statin Alternative for Some
Now a new study suggests that an over-the-counter dietary supplement sold at pharmacies and health-food stores may be a workable alternative for people who have statin-related muscle pain. It seems that when combined with diet and lifestyle changes, red yeast rice supplements can lower LDL, or bad cholesterol, levels by more than 20 percent without a substantial risk of muscle pain (also known as myalgia), according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. More
Dietary Supplement Caucus Briefing Discusses the Habits of Highly Healthy People
from Council for Responsible Nutrition
The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with the two leading trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Natural Products Association (NPA), recently hosted the third of a series of lunch briefings since the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus was founded. The briefings are aimed at educating Congressional staffers on important issues related to the dietary supplement industry. More
Training and Tips to Connect Your Business at Natural MarketPlace
from Natural Products Association
If you’re attending Natural MarketPlace, July 9-11, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV, be sure to mark these events on your calendar. Thursday, July 9, retailers should attend The Retail Intensive; suppliers should attend The Claim Is Right! (a.k.a. "Are you smarter than a regulator?"). Friday, July 10, don’t miss Keynote Speaker Hank Cardello, and Saturday, July 11 come to the SuperSession with Sen. Tom Harkin, preceded by a networking breakfast (sponsored by Jarrow Formulas) at 9:00 a.m. Register today for Natural MarketPlace at www.naturalmarketplaceshow.com. More
Reminder to Retailers: Fax that Survey!
from Natural Products Association
Some NPA retail members received a brief survey via fax earlier this week. You opinions are important to the Natural Products Association, so it is important to return your survey. Help your association fine-tune the initiatives and services that it provides to all members. If a survey was faxed to you, submit your reply by Friday, June 19 to (202) 223-0250.
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- The New York Times
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FDA Chief Focuses on Produce Safety
from The Associated Press
Calling it "a critical time" for food safety, the Food and Drug Administration's new chief said Tuesday she plans to strengthen steps to prevent contamination of fresh fruit and vegetables. Dr. Margaret Hamburg said the FDA must set and enforce tougher standards for the riskiest products — and a string of recent outbreaks linked to spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers put fresh produce atop her list as she takes over the embattled agency. More
Cost Concerns as Obama Pushes Health Issue
from The New York Times
President Obama went before a convention of receptive but wary doctors to make the economic case for a health care overhaul, both for the nation and for the physicians’ own bottom lines. But as the president spoke at the annual conference of the American Medical Association in Chicago, it became clear that one of the major health plans on the table would cost at least $1 trillion over 10 years yet leave tens of millions of people uninsured. More
FDA Warns Against Using Three Popular Zicam Cold Meds
The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers to stop using certain Zicam nasal cold remedy products, saying they can cause users to lose their sense of smell permanently. More
FDA Requesting Comment on Food Registry Draft Guidance
The Food and Drug Administration has requested emergency processing of a proposed collection of information regarding the draft guidance titled "Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Reportable Food Registry." The agency is soliciting comments and must receive them by July 16. More
FDA Posts Recall Notice from Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for Stamina-Rx
Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced that it is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of the company's product sold under the name Stamina-Rx. Last month, Hi-Tech was notified by the Food and Drug Administration that FDA's lab analysis of one lot of Stamina-Rx samples found that the product contained the undeclared ingredient − benzamidenafil − a Phosphodiesterase Type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor. More
The New Age of Healthy Snacking
from Food Product Design
Snacking has become a way of life in America, and it is not going to change.
What is changing are the types of foods being positioned as snacks. "Today, consumers still start with fruits and vegetables, then they add nuts, cheese, popcorn," says Jill Manchester, vice president of immediate consumption, Kraft Foods. "For the first time, consumers are saying that they are trying to add more things to their diet. They are looking for the presence of positives: added fiber, vitamin and mineral fortification, heart-healthy and digestive-health formulas." More
Is your family Vitamin D deficient?
Our bodies can make vitamin D3, but only when our skin is exposed to sunlight under the proper conditions. This production is dependent on the season, where we live and the time of day. Even using sunscreen drastically reduces the body’s production of vitamin D. Medical studies continue to show the importance of adequate vitamin D intake for good health. Drops provide concentrated vitamin D3 in just one drop. Convenient, taste-free drops are an easy way to ensure you and your family receive the vitamin D you need. More
Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Lower Risk for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
from Medscape Today
Regular consumption of fish, nuts, olive oil, and other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids and avoidance of trans fats appear to be associated with a lower risk for the eye disease age-related macular degeneration, according to two studies reported in the Archives of Ophthalmology. More
Vitamin D Linked to Cognitive Function in Men
from Modern Medicine
The level of vitamin D in the blood is associated with cognitive function in middle-aged and older men, according to a study published online in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. More
Following the Dietary Guidelines May Slow Heart Disease in Women
from Medical News Today
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide guidance to promote health and reduce risk of chronic diseases. However, what evidence is there that following the DGA optimizes health? Is this advice useful for individuals already in poor health? To study these questions, researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and Wake Forest University devised a statistical model that assessed adherence to the DGA and then related it to progression of atherosclerosis in women. More
Successful Weight Loss with Dieting is Linked to Vitamin D Levels
from Science Daily
In a recent study, researchers attempted to determine whether baseline vitamin D levels before calorie restriction affect subsequent weight loss. They measured circulating blood levels of vitamin D in 38 overweight men and women before and after the subjects followed a diet plan for 11 weeks consisting of 750 calories a day fewer than their estimated total needs. More
U.S. Climate Report Details Energy, Agriculture Harm
Climate change has already caused "visible impacts" in the United States and poses particular risks to the U.S. agriculture and energy industries, a new government report said. The report, which lays out the effects of global warming on specific U.S. regions and sectors, calls for quick policy action as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote soon on a bill to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. More
How to Buy the Best Organic Foods
If you're fueling these double-digit sales, you likely already have your reasons for buying organic. Even so, recent changes to America's food buying habits -- the rise of the local-food movement, increased awareness about foods' carbon footprint (the amount of greenhouse gasses released when producing and transporting goods) – may leave you wondering where organic foods fit into a better-for-the-environment equation. More
Product Showcase: ProEFA Xtra
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