In March 2002, President George W. Bush signed a proclamation declaring that the U.S. National Bone and Joint Decade would begin. The initiative’s intent was to raise awareness, promote the prevention of musculoskeletal diseases and advance research that would lead to improvements in prevention, diagnosis and treatment. But as this decade is drawing to a close, is America feeling any better?
If you’re a supplement manufacturer, the date June 25, 2010 may be etched into your memory. It’s the date by which all supplement makers must comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s good manufacturing practices (GMPs) guidelines for dietary supplements.
Sometimes, the smallest things in life can cause the biggest amounts of trouble. Such is the case in the men’s health arena. The prostate, a gland that is just the size of a walnut, is the source of tremendous health problems in many men. With more than 50% of men in their 60s and nearly 90% of men in their 70s having an enlarged prostate, it is important for men to practice good preventative care with respect to prostate health (1).
Calcium and strontium are two metallic elements that have effects on human metabolism due to their ability to serve in the primary mineral component of bone: the structural complex hydroxyapatite (HA; Ca5(PO4)3(OH). Hydroxyapatite is responsible for bone’s great compression strength. It is also the component that is in the greatest flux, moving in and out of the bone as the skeleton is remodeled, or as calcium is needed for other systems in the body.
Once touted as merely a fad, or a blip on the global health radar, exotic fruits and grains have settled into being permanent fixtures in the natural products industry. While old standards like pomegranate and açaí have remained strong, even more unique and exciting ingredients from around the world continue to make their debuts in the American market.