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May 12, 2010

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Barlean’s Omega Swirl Trumps Bioavailability of Fish Oil
In a clinical study conducted by The Centre for Nutritional Studies, Barlean’s (Ferndale, WA) Omega Swirl, a lemon flavored, emulsified fish oil product was found to be 90 percent more bioavailable than standard fish oil.

In the study, the total percentage of oil that reached the blood stream was 10 times greater with Omega Swirl than the same dose of fish oil. Theoretically, it could take up to 20 standard fish oil gel caps to equal the amount of omega-3 delivered to the bloodstream by just one two-teaspoon dose of Omega Swirl, said Barlean’s.

According to the company, its proprietary Swirl technology creates a product resembling the taste and texture of a fruit smoothie, while significantly reducing the size of fish and flax oil molecules, allowing the oil to more efficiently pass through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream.

Principal Researcher Dr. Tom Gilhooly stated that in light of the result of this preliminary study, an expanded, peer-reviewed study is merited. Blood analysis was performed by Stirling University in Scotland.

For more information, call (800) 445-3529 or visit www.barleans.com.

MegaFood Announces Voluntary Recall
MegaFood™ (Derry, NH), a marketer of whole food supplements, announced that it is issuing a voluntary product recall for four lots of its Essentials™ Joint Strength formula.

During routine testing, the company found that the levels of chondroitin sulfate were lower than those stated on the packaging label. The error was quickly traced back to one supplier, who has since been eliminated from MegaFood’s approved vendor list.

“MegaFood’s reputation and success is built on our rigid quality control standards and commitment to excellence,” said Carl Jackson, president of MegaFood. “While the packaging error on these particular lots of Essentials Joint Strength do not pose any health hazards for consumers, the voluntary recall reflects our total dedication to providing customers with the highest, premium quality products.”

All retailers who carry the product in question are being notified. Consumers, members of the industry and other concerned parties may e-mail questions to questions@megafood.com, or call (800) 848-2542, ext. 204.

Organic Products Retailer News
Cancer Panel Report Urges Pres. Obama to Support Organic
The latest President’s Cancer Panel Report exhorted consumers to choose food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and growth hormones, to help decrease their exposure to environmental chemicals that can increase their risk of contracting cancer.

“Exposure to pesticides can be decreased by choosing, to the extent possible, food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers … Similarly, exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones and toxic run-off from livestock feed lots can be minimized by eating free-range meat raised without these medications,” according to the landmark report, “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now,” submitted to President Obama by Dr. LaSalle Leffall, Jr., an oncologist and professor of surgery at Howard University, and Dr. Margaret L. Kripke, an immunologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

“Organic production and processing is the only system that uses certification and inspection to verify that these chemicals are not used on the farm all the way to our dinner tables,” said Christine Bushway, executive director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). “Consumers should know that organic foods have the least chemicals applied in their production and the least residues in the final products. Thus, those seeking to minimize their exposure to these chemicals and follow the recommendations of the President’s Cancer Panel, can look for the USDA Organic label wherever they shop.”

The panel, in a letter to President Obama, urged him to “strongly use the power of [his] office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our nation’s productivity and devastate American lives.”

“OTA is gratified to see a prestigious scientific panel recognize what the organic farmers and the organic community have realized about environmental health and organic agriculture for decades, and we applaud them for taking on this critical issue,” Bushway added.

The full report is available online here.

Straus Family Creamery First Non-GMO Certified Creamery
Straus Family Creamery (Marshall, CA) is the nation’s first creamery to achieve Non-GMO Verification for all its products and will carry the “Non-GMO Project Verified” Seal on all of its packaging, the company recently announced.

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit collaboration of food producers, retailers and agricultural suppliers united in the belief that consumers deserve to make informed choices about products with genetically modified ingredients.

“The Non-GMO seal emphasizes our commitment to being stewards of sustainability,” said Albert Straus, president of Straus Family Creamery. “Our consumers rely on us to provide a clear alternative to industrially produced dairy products.”

According to the Non-GMO Project, GMOs have been in widespread use for nearly a decade, with steadily increasing risk of contamination to seeds, crops, ingredients and products. There is currently no standardized set of best practices in use to identify and stop contamination.

For more information about the Non-GMO Project, visit www.nongmoproject.org. To learn more about Straus Family Creamery, call (707) 776-2887 or visit www.strausfamilycreamery.com.

Nutrition Industry Executive News
UAS Probiotic Shows Promise for IBS
Physicians from UND School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic conducted a clinical case study to demonstrate whether using a multispecies probiotic could minimize the symptoms of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Researchers evaluated 25 patients with IBS as defined by Rome III criteria over a period of 60 days. Patients were treated with a multispecies probiotic product (UAS Laboratories, Inc. [Eden Prairie, MN] Multi-Flora Plus/Probioplus DDS®) containing Lactobacillus acidophilus (DDS®-1 strain), Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium lactis with a combined potency of 12 billion CFU/g. Patients’ symptom severity was evaluated on a scale of one to 10. Improvement was classified with at least 50 percent reduction in severity. The most significant improvements occurred after 60 days of treatment with 84 percent of the patients showing improvement in abdominal pain, 73.9 percent in bloating, 92 percent in belching, 88 percent in flatulence, 90.9 percent in diarrhea and 86.9 percent in constipation. No clinically evident side effects were observed.

The GI tract contains both pathogenic and normal commensal bacterial flora, said UAS. It is possible that an alteration in the balance between commensals and pathogenic bacteria might be responsible for the excessive gas production and lead to a diverse group of symptoms, which are similar to IBS. The results of this study are consistent with the idea that probiotic bacteria can help to keep pathogenic bacteria in check, the company added. This study has been submitted for publication.

For more information, call (800) 422-3371 or visit www.uaslabs.com.

Cyvex Ingredient Reduces Blood Glucose, Says Study
Cyvex Nutrition (Irvine, CA) confirmed that results from a recent in vivo study involving its branded ingredient Chirositol™ have been published in the June 2010 issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Current Bioactive Compounds. Among its findings, the study determined that a three-week administration of Chirositol (95 percent D-Chiro-Inositol), alone and in combination with manganese sulfate, significantly reduced blood glucose levels in diabetic mellitus-induced rats.

Specifically, results showed that a 12-day oral administration of Chirositol decreased blood glucose levels by a combined 23 percent when compared to the control group, while administration of both Chirositol and manganese sulfate resulted in a combined 40 percent decrease during the same time period. Also of note was the decrease in overall body weight of both male and female rats receiving Chirositol and manganese sulfate, with females exhibiting a 25 percent body weight decrease over the control group, and males 21 percent as measured during the 21-day study period.

“Though D-Chiro-Inositol’s positive effect on blood sugar management has been established by more than 30 years of scientific research, we are enthusiastic about this latest study’s findings and its implications for helping a wide range of health issues,” stated Matt Phillips, president of Cyvex Nutrition. “As worldwide obesity numbers continue to rise, we are seeing a large increase in individuals suffering from type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and glucose intolerance as a result. Our Chirositol ingredient offers a clinical-proven option for those looking to naturally reduce their blood glucose level and overall body weight.”

For more information, call (888) 99-CYVEX or visit www.cyvex.com.

 

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