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Market report shows growing trend toward integrative medicine

By Hank Schultz

A new market survey from consultancy Pure Branding claims that more and more doctors are incorporating concepts of integrative medicine into their practices, a development that can be seen as good news for the supplement industry.

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Transparency is making headway — but is it enough?

By Hank Schultz

Transparency is becoming more of a watchword for the industry, says Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanical Council.  Whether it's a word to live by or to hide behind is the question, he said.

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Bitter Orange Extract: Still safe, researcher reasserts in new review

By Adi Menayang

Thirteen years have passed since the FDA banned ephedrine. Ever since, bitter orange extract, which has an active compound structurally similar to ephedrine (p-synephrine) has been under scrutiny. A new scientific review looks at the most recent clinical...

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UNPA endorses the Supplement OWL

By Stephen Daniells

The Supplement OWL is “an important and necessary first step towards transparency”, said Loren Israelsen, president of the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) following his organization’s endorsement of the initiative.

Herbalife shrugs off FTC, Ackman;  boosts 2017 outlook

Herbalife shrugs off FTC, Ackman; boosts 2017 outlook

By Hank Schultz

Herbalife has shaken off the lingering effects of a big-ticket settlement with the Federal Trade Commission with a relatively solid quarterly results statement that was welcomed by stock traders.

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AHPA's botanical GMPs document ready for field testing

By Hank Schultz

The American Herbal Products Association has issued a version of its ‘botanical GMPs’ document.  Several member companies have stepped forward to field test the recommendations, AHPA president Michael McGuffin said.

PEAs harder to control than were steroids, experts say

PEAs harder to control than were steroids, experts say

By Hank Schultz

The presence and proliferation of phenylethylamines in sports nutrition products continues to be a thorn in the side of the dietary supplement industry.  But trying to regulate these ingredients away is not nearly as straightforward as was the case with...

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Organic & Natural Health launches omega-3 field study

By Stephen Daniells

The Organic and Natural Health Association has launched a consumer education campaign to encourage consumers to test their omega-3 levels to identify supplementation needs, following on from the success of its “Power of D” campaign.

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GNC reportedly to file suit over banned Super Bowl ad

By Hank Schultz

GNC reportedly is considering filing suit over the NFL's rejection of the company's Super Bowl ad. While the rejection has been called hypocritical, a sports consultant said he wasn't surprised. 

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