Who would have thought one of the hottest foods could also be the most soothing? Capsaicin, the compound in hot peppers that gives them their kick and pepper spray its burn, has become increasingly used in pain-support aids and weight-management supplements.

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While some of us may have a sweet tooth, the cells in our bodies definitely do not. Our cells naturally use a certain amount of glucose for fuel, but they’re not so keen on sweet-stuff overload. Consistently high levels of sugar in our bloodstreams make it tough for pancreatic cells to produce enough insulin. In response, the organ overcompensates by creating too much insulin and eventually becomes damaged (1). As blood sugar levels become consistently high, type-2 diabetes may develop.

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The bone and joint health arena is ripe for drawing analogies. For example: it’s not about which tools are in the toolkit, but how you use them. Or: You need a whole orchestra to create a symphony. Further relevance can be found in the idiom: “The early bird gets the worm.” In this context, the prevention-minded supplement-taker gets healthy bones for a lifetime, or can keep the worst of arthritis symptoms from setting in, as the case may be.

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Whether it’s work, family or another worry that goes through our brains in the wee hours of the morning, sometimes we need a little dust from the Sandman. Some may shy away from the groggy, drone-like side effects that major sleep medicines cause, hoping to find a more natural option. Luckily, there are many marketable supplements out there that can give your customers a good night’s sleep with very little complications.

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December 2, 2011 has come and gone. Now, the natural products industry holds its collective breath to see how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will respond to the comments filed in reaction to its proposed guidance for industry on new dietary ingredients (NDIs). This document has the potential to affect nearly everyone with a stake in the dietary supplements industry.

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Researchers have struck gold with curcumin, a component of turmeric that possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. While the distinction is not often made, curcumin is a single phytochemical, and “commercially available curcumin preparations contain a mixture of related polyphenols, collectively referred to as curcuminoids” (1). These plant polyphenol compounds take their job seriously, and have been found effective in maintaining health across a wide spectrum of issues.

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2011 has been another ride on the financial roller coaster. Anyone who has not felt the tremors, bumps and absolute death drops of the economy is extremely lucky. The same is true of small and large businesses alike, even though there are some rays of hope breaking through the cloudy economic storms. It’s arguable that the natural and organic industry is among the bright spots.

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You’re in for some schooling in the urology department, a branch of medicine that encompasses the health of the urinary tract, the adrenal glands and the prostate. The list of natural substances with a claim to benefit urological health is quite expansive.

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A healthy sex life is a part of any loving relationship. So, it can only benefit couples to know which natural aphrodisiacs may optimize sexual experiences.

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Aside from achieving a general sense of well-being, immune health support is a process without obvious markers of success, at least for the average person. Remaining healthy is, of course, the goal, but the vigilance of the body’s defenses tends to go unappreciated until an illness actually strikes. And yet, consumers seem to flock to the often intangible comforts that immunity-promoting products can provide.

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