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New book highlights unfamiliar supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

HOUSTON A recently published book—The Top 20 Life-Changing Nutrients You Can’t (Shouldn’t) Live Without, by Ward Bond—highlights a number of dietary supplements that may as yet be unfamiliar with American consumers, including aequorin, Lion’s Mane, maca and andrographis, publisher Nutritional Living Media announced Wednesday.

Within the book, Bond predicts that such exotically-named supplements as Lion’s Mane will be common household names in short order and quotes clinical tests proving the value of these and other exotic products.

“Conventional medicine has been slow to acknowledge the benefits of these tested and proved supplements,” Bond said. “But the evidence of their health benefits has become so overwhelming they no longer can be ignored.”

According to the book, Japanese scientists discovered a compound in Lion’s Mane which causes brain neurons to re-grow. Studies also confirm many of its traditional uses, supporting the digestive system, and acting as a tonic for the nervous system.Aequorin, a jellyfish protein, has been shown to have anti-aging properties; maca has been reported to help improve stamina, endurance and mental concentration; and andrographis is used as an immunity booster.

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MOM Enterprises Launches Morning Sickness Magic

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. MOM Enterprises last week announced the launch of its morning sickness dietary supplement called Morning Sickness Magic.

“This is the first formula to combine B6, ginger, and other anti-nausea ingredients,” stated Roshan Kaderali, registered nurse and developer of the product. “It’s safe for mothers and their unborn babies—obstetricians across the country are recommending it and distributing it to their patients. It’s actually been the best selling morning sickness formula in the U.S. for the past 5 years. We’ve received tons of emails from expectant mothers who are so relieved that their morning sickness has disappeared,” she said.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, morning sickness affects between as many as 70 percent of women.

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Plan B sees increase in Rx-to-OTC availability

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Over-the-counter availability of Plan B has increased access to the emergency contraceptive, a survey published in the November issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology reported.

The survey, originally published online June 16, found that only 8 percent of pharmacies were unable to provide Plan B within 24 hours in 2007, as compared to 23 percent of pharmacies that were unable to produce the emergency contraceptive in 2005. And the total refusal rate in 2007 was half that in 2005, 2 percent vs. 4 percent.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the Rx-to-OTC switch of Plan B in 2006.

Pharmacists from Atlanta and Philadelphia were interviewed at 1,087 pharmacies in 2005 and at 795 pharmacies in 2007.

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