There is little doubt that digestive issues have reached epidemic proportions.Though many suffer, few have to. Nearly every digestive complaint is caused by an inability to properly digest food. The natural solution in such cases is enzymes, which are responsible for breaking down the foods we eat, delivering the nutrients found in those foods to every cell of the body, and removing any toxins or ingredients that may be in the food, and from which the body will not derive any benefit.
Two-piece hard-shell capsules are versatile. They can hold liquids. They can hold pastes. They can even hold powders. But within that versatility lies a potential complication: They are prone to leak.
Weight-loss supplements have taken a drubbing in recent years from government officials, consumer groups, and the media. A key issue behind the controversy is the level of scientific substantiation for product claims. While researchers haven’t reached a consensus about the effectiveness and safety of most weight-loss products, many popular natural ingredients do have some supportive data, and the number of research studies generating useful information is growing.
Manufacturers have responded to the growing demand for gelatin-free supplements by offering capsules made from plant-derived materials. While consumers who prefer vegetarian, kosher, or halal supplements still have limited choices, their options are expanding.
Government officials, consumer advocates, and industry representatives debated how FDA should regulate functional foods at a public hearing held December 5.
How will superstores affect the organic products marketplace? According to a 2006 survey by the Hartman Group Inc. (Bellevue, WA) that compares the 2001 and 2006 organics markets, two of the strongest barriers to consumer purchases of organic products are price and accessibility.
Two recent studies from the Archives of Neurology suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may be helpful for people suffering from cognitive decline. The studies, while not definitive, add more support to the theory that the omega-3s docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are important elements of cognitive health and well-being.