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Botanical Labs showcases gluten-free across its Wellesse brands at Celiac Disease Foundation expo

BY Michael Johnsen

FERNDALE, Wash. — Botanical Labs on Tuesday introduced its gluten-free line of liquid dietary supplements across its Wellesse line of liquid supplements — calcium/magnesium, vitamin D3, iron and B-complex — at the Celiac Disease Foundation’s South Florida Chapter Gluten-Free Expo in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Gluten intolerant consumers and celiac disease sufferers are a fast-growing group, the company stated, totaling approximately 3 million diagnosed and undiagnosed cases throughout the United Syayes. Many existing pill-based medications and supplements use excipients found to contain gluten, Botanical Labs noted. As many as 18 million Americans suffer from gluten sensitivity, who are predisposed to certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  

Botanical plans to have all its Wellesse liquid supplements formally qualified as gluten-free through the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.


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NAD addresses supplement inappropriately marketed as antibiotic

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus on Monday recommended that Barlow Herbal Specialties discontinue advertising its LDM-100 dietary supplement as a "plant or herb antibiotic."

In its advertising statement, Barlow agreed to discontinue the challenged claims. However, a video embedded on the company’s website as of Feb. 14 touted LDM-100 as an "antiviral" and "antifungal" good for use during cold and flu season.

Dietary supplements may not be advertised to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease as clarified in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.

NAD had requested substantiation of Barlow Herbal’s claims as part of the division’s routine monitoring program through a grant from the CRN Foundation.

 


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NAD supports glucosamine claims

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus on Monday reported Direct Digital, marketer of Instaflex, has supported certain advertising claims made in print and online.

Instaflex is formulated with 1,500 mg glucosamine sulfate, 500 mg methylsulfonylmethane, 250 mg ginger root extract and 4 mg hyaluronic acid. Direct Digital had claimed that Instaflex could relieve and comfort joints and increase flexibility, among other claims.

NAD found that the results of the advertiser’s glucosamine studies in support of its claims were in line with the National Institute of Health’s "Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial." "At this dosage [1,500 mg], NAD has routinely found a reasonable basis for claims that glucosamine ‘lubricates,’ ‘rebuilds,’ ‘comforts’ and increases ‘mobility’ of joints," the organization stated.

The review was part of NAD’s routine monitoring program through a grant from the CRN Foundation.


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A.Helpburn says:
Feb-14-2012 03:20 pm

I have suffered from osteoarthritis for years. At first, I took over the counter NSAIDs and Tylenol. My daughter told me about the effects of taking those medications over time so I decided to try alternative supplements. I've been taking Liquid Glucosamine for 3 years now, and rarely ever take pain meds. I've tried many brands, as well as the pill form, and none live up to what my current brand, Synflex Liquid Glucosamine. I've never felt better.

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