A profile of today’s core supplement user

Research conducted by NBJ and Next found that key supplement users consider supplementation to be an essential component of a holistic approach to maintaining health and avoiding reliance on the traditional healthcare industry.

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More scientists excited about gut-brain axis

The collection of microbes in our bodies, our microbiome, weighs about twice as much as our brains. Lately, more scientists are weighing on the connection between the two. The discussion—and science—bodes well for the probiotics market. Three researchers talked about their findings, and the potential to treat brain disorders through the gut, rather than the brain, at the Kavli Foundation, a California-based organization that supports the advancement of science.

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Biomarkers of resilience could elucidate structure function claims for probiotics, experts say

How do probiotic researchers and suppliers best communicate with customers? And what should they be trying to tell them, anyway? Having a clear picture of what gut and blood parameters a dietary intervention is meant to affect and having a clear mechanism to measure these areas is what is needed, said experts at the recent Probiota Americas event.

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Ingredient Market Forecast 2015-16: Probiotics are No. 1—and rising

Probiotics—the so-called “friendly bacteria” populating the GI tract—are the No. 1 ingredient by sales in both natural and conventional retail channels, according to SPINS data. What’s more, our understanding of how bacteria affect our health—let alone how probiotic products might—has barely scratched the surface.

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Members of Congress get the good news on dietary supplement quality, expert says

Those members of Congress friendly to the dietary supplements industry and their staffs don’t seem overly concerned about the brouhaha stirred up by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. In a recent briefing of members of the Dietary Supplements Caucus that focused on testing and quality control, attendees were appreciative and attentive without being restive, said one of the presenters.

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Organic & Natural file citizen petition to apply GMPs to ingredient suppliers

The Organic & Natural Health Association has filed a citizen petition with the US Food and Drug Administration to extend the FDA’s current cGMPs (code 21 CFR Part 111) to raw material manufacturers.

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Psychobiotics: Modulation of gut microbiota may ‘hold the key to’ neuropsychological disorders

Using probiotics and prebiotics to alter the gut microbiota and influence the gut-brain axis may open up new ways of influencing neuropsychological conditions, says a new review.

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Natural Grocers sees supplement sales rise in face of recent bad press

In another confirmation of the transitory nature of the NYAG affair, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage reported stable growth in supplement sales in its half-year earnings results in which the dietary supplement and organic foods retailer saw overall sales rise by 21%.

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UL debuts verification seal for dietary supplements

With the NYAG investigation cloud hanging over the industry, longtime safety certifier UL has hit on a fortuitous time to debut its new dietary supplement verification program.  The label seal launches today at at the Ingredients Marketplace trade show in Orlando, FL.

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Perlmutter explores the power of the microbiome in health and disease

The hot topic of nutritional influences on neurological disorders and health drew hundreds to Dr. David Perlmutter’s talk at Expo West.

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