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Cardiovascular Health: Take Heart

Sep 9, 2010

It’s a fact often repeated: Heart disease is still the leading killer in the United States. The good news is that there are drugs and natural aids that can help consumers fight some of the mechanisms of heart disease, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Cosmetics: Inside and Out

Sep 9, 2010

Nutritional ingredients are now commonly touted in topically applied cosmetics, while dietary ingredients are being marketed in ingestible beauty products—many of which claim to deliver skin care benefits.

Cosmetics: Sun Protection from within

Sep 9, 2010

By now, most consumers know the skin health benefits touted of sunscreen. The good news is that thanks to growing awareness, more consumers are now applying sunscreen on a regular basis. The bad news? Consumers may not be applying sunscreen properly or in adequate amounts required for protection. That’s where a sunscreen nutricosmetic can help.

Editorial: Total Transparency

Sep 9, 2010

In September, an article titled “Dangerous Supplements: What You Don’t Know About These 12 Ingredients Could Hurt You” was published in Consumer Reports. It calls out 12 ingredients deemed unsafe by the article’s authors.

Global Regulations: Let the States Decide

Sep 9, 2010

Up until July 13, the case for cultivating genetically modified organisms (GMOs) within the European Union (EU) was deadlocked: some member states support the practice (e.g., Spain and Britain), while others (e.g., Austria and France) have made moves against it.

Global Regulations: Direct Translation

Sep 9, 2010

With current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for dietary supplements now fully in place, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to conduct cGMP inspections of facilities of all sizes. As FDA inspectors hit the ground, so, too, are inspectors from NSF International (NSF; Ann Arbor, MI).

Marketing: Getting to Know You

Sep 9, 2010

In June, herbal product manufacturer Gaia Herbs (Gaia; Brevard, NC) introduced Meet Your Herbs, an industry-first herb-traceability program to provide customers with as much information as possible about the herbal products they purchase.

Ingredient Science: Spicing Things Up

Sep 9, 2010

Herbs and spices are used all over the world to add flavor, color, fragrance, and a little bit of “zing” to our foods. Without them, our meals might be bland, and our palates, disheartened. But the story doesn’t end there. Research suggests that as well as being able to boost flavor, several herbs and spices also offer benefits to our health.

Last Bite: Smoothie Fruits

Sep 9, 2010

Since the term superfruit was first coined, U.S. marketers have struggled to familiarize Western consumers with foreign-based superfruits. Some of these fruits have been marketed for a wealth of potential health benefits; yet American consumers, for the most part, still remain unacquainted with them.

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