climate change

The 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16, for short) was held recently in Cancun, Mexico.

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain and stiffness in the tendons, muscles and ligaments, coupled with trouble concentrating, sleep disruption and fatigue. Those dealing with FM are forced to live with these uncomfortable symptoms every day of their lives. But there’s some evidence that certain diet and lifestyle changes can help.

Pycnogenol is one of the most important, useful and researched dietary supplements. I first reported on Pycnogenol in this column in 1991 and have gone on to write six books on Pycnogenol (1–7). Scientists continue to expand the pool of published scientific research about this unique blend of bioflavonoid-related nutrients extracted from a specific plant species (Pinus maritime, the Maritime Pine that grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France) by a patented process that concentrates specific antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Therefore, it is important to keep readers abreast of the extensive ongoing research on Pycnogenol.

In 1977, at age 24, I had the good fortune to become sales manager of a fledgling natural foods distributor in the Northeast. Over the next 20 years, we grew the business from $900,000 to $225 million, when we merged Stow Mills with United Natural Foods.

From Cyvex Nutrition comes Alfapro Agglomerate. This form of its branded Alfapro protein concentrate is intended for beverage manufacturers since it can be combined with other ingredients without lumping. The product also is said to “deliver superior dispersibility.”

Stiebs now offers a new ingredient for the health, wellness, cosmeceutical and functional food markets. TRUE Pomegranate is a mix of pomegranate extract and pomegranate oil from 100% California pomegranate fruit. Stiebs manufactures a full line of pomegranate products and other plant-based ingredients in Central California.

Valensa International and Parry Nutraceuticals introduced a premium coated spirulina called Pur-Blue. “The ingredient uses an all-natural phycocyanin extract coating to mask the flavor of the native spirulina—offering companies interested in marketing spirulina to a broader range of consumers an attractive, neutral- tasting product that can appeal to the pickiest of eaters,” says the company.

Frutarom, USA launches BLIS M18, which is made from S. salivarius. This probiotic bacteria promotes oral health. Says the company, “A daily intake of BLIS M18 can aid in protecting teeth from bacteria known to cause tooth decay, while protecting teeth from erosion caused by high-acid foods and helping break up dental plaque.” BLIS M18 can be formulated into lozenges, chewable tablets, chewing gums, stick packs, fast-melt tablets and powdered drinks.

Satiereal is a satiety-promoting ingredient that also is said to decrease sugar cravings and hunger between meals and decrease compulsive snacking (thereby supporting steady weight loss), according to its distributor P.L. Thomas. Also benefiting emotional well-being, Satiereal is a “clinically proven formula that improves levels of neurotransmitter serotonin,” says the firm.