Health and Nutrition

Bringing the natural and organic products industry the latest health and nutrition news from around the World.

Vitamin Shoppe sees fall in comp sales but says ‘reinvention strategy’ is on track

US natural products retailer Vitamin Shoppe has reported a fall in comparable store sales for the last quarter. But the company says that its ‘reinvention strategy’ remains on track.

NPA and ANH-USA appeal to Trump Administration on supplement benefits

US trade association the Natural Products Association (NPA) and the Alliance for Natural Health-USA (ANH-USA) have jointly launched a “grassroots” campaign to encourage members of Congress to include dietary supplements in any Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) legislation introduced as part of so-called ‘Repeal and Replace’ efforts by the new Trump Administration.

Africa must develop standards for herbal medicine, says Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Africa needs to develop standards to assure safety and benefit of its herbal medicines, says Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius.

Gluten-free diet linked to high exposure to arsenic and mercury

People who eat a gluten-free diet may be at risk for dramatically increased exposure to arsenic and mercury – toxic metals that can lead to cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological effects

India hosts first global homeopathy regulation forum

India hosted the World Integrated Medicine Forum on Regulation of Homeopathic Medicine earlier this month.

Algatechnologies launches whole-algae form of astaxanthin

Algatechnologies will use this year’s Vitafoods to highlight its AstaPure 3% astaxanthin powder.

Australian CAM group defends herbal product quality

Australian CAM group Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has issued a strong defence of the quality of herbal products.

China passes law that puts TCM on equal footing with western medicine

China has passed a new law that places Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) on an equal footing in the country with western medicine.

“Engaging authentically with customers – that’s our big opportunity”

“Engaging authentically with our customers – that’s our big opportunity as independent retailers.” So says Food For Thought owner Alan Martin in a new video interview for Natural Products News.

Need I say More?

Holland & Barrett CEO Peter Aldis talks here with NPN’s Jim Manson about the retailer’s new flagship More store at Marble Arch and how it plans to become a £1 billion business by 2020

FSA acrylamide campaign is “fiasco” that misses biggest risk

The food writer and campaigner Joanna Blythman has described the UK's Food Standards Agency’s ‘go for gold’ campaign on acrylamide as a “fiasco” that...

US authorities say homeopathic remedies “must state they do not work”

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that over-the-counter homeopathic medicines on sale in America must in future state on pack that ‘there is no scientific evidence the product works’.