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Sahale Snacks introduces 4 new layered nut bar flavors

BY Michael Johnsen

ORRVILLE, Ohio — Sahale Snacks, makers of nut blends and mixes, is introducing four new flavors across its line of layered nut bars. 
 
“Sahale Snacks offers innovative nut and fruit mix ingredient combinations that make every snacking experience a moment to savor,” Maribeth Burns, VP corporate communications of the J.M. Smucker Company said. “We're delighted to have Sahale Snacks as part of The J.M. Smucker Company family of brands and to introduce unique offerings like the new layered nut bars.”
 
Sahale Snacks’ layered nut bars are Non-GMO Project Verified and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Each bar provides 5 to 7 g. of protein. The four new flavor combinations include dark chocolate peanut, salted caramel apple pecan, almond vanilla latte and cinnamon pecan. 
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Nordic Naturals brings ultra-concentrated omega-3 oil to market

BY Michael Johnsen

WATSONVILLE, Calif. – Nordic Naturals has added Omega ONE, a once-daily omega-3 fish oil supplement, to its product portfolio. Omega ONE is formulated using Nordic Naturals' exclusive, new, ultra-concentrated omega-3 oil. This oil combines 80% EPA+DHA concentration with 90+% triglyceride form for optimal potency and absorption.
 
It's smaller than the average fish oil soft gel, and Nordic Naturals' patented flavoring process and natural citrus essence give it a light, lemon taste with no fish burps. Omega ONE is in the natural triglyceride form, which research shows is better absorbed and utilized by the body than synthetic ethyl ester fish oils.
 
"There are still many people who are just learning about fish oil and its many health benefits," stated Aimée Shunney, Nordic Naturals advisory board member. "The ease and potency of this product – over 500 mg EPA and DHA in a small soft gel – make it great for them. It's also ideal for folks who take omega-3s to maintain good health and want the convenience of taking just one pill. For my patients who need more omega-3 support, I might suggest two soft gels."
 
Extensive scientific research shows that omega-3s help maintain heart health, brain health and optimal wellness. Omega ONE contains 500 I.U. of added vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), the natural form of vitamin D preferred for optimal absorption, which supports mood and immune health.
 
Omega ONE is also non-GMO, free of artificial ingredients, and certified sustainable by Friend of the Sea.
 
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Study finds best anti-inflammatory for delaying knee osteoarthritis’ progression

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — Chondroitin sulfate is superior to an anti-inflammatory drug like celecoxib for delaying the progression of knee osteoarthritis, according to a new study presented by Jean-Pierre Pelletier, from the University of Montreal (Canada), at the official press conference of the Annual meeting of the American Academy of Rheumatology here on Monday. 
 
The study, named MOSAIC, was a multicenter, randomized, double blind, controlled and comparative study analyzing chondroitin sulfate and celecoxib. Lasting more than three years, the study was carried out in five medical centers in Quebec in collaboration with Bioiberica. The study recruited 194 patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis with inflammation (synovitis) and moderate pain. Participants were divided into two groups: the first group received 1,200 mg of pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate (made by Bioiberica) per day, while the second group received 200 mg of celecoxib (made by Pfizer) per day, over a two-year period. The participants underwent three Quantitative Magnetic Resonance scans: one at the beginning of the study, a second one after one year, and a third one at the end of the study.
 
The results revealed that the progression of knee osteoarthritis is slower in patients receiving chondroitin sulfate. More precisely, this group experienced a statistically significant lower loss of cartilage volume after the first year of treatment, in comparison with those patients who received the anti inflammatory drug. “This data proves that chondroitin sulfate may delay the advance of osteoarthritis in the long term, and that it had a disease-modifying effect,” affirmed Pelletier.
 
The study also evaluated the effects of both drugs on pain, function, stiffness, joint efflux and swelling; concluding that both treatments were equally efficient across the entire study, reaching a clinically relevant symptom improvement of around 50%. 
 
“The study confirmed that both drugs are efficient for the treatment of osteoarthritis symptoms, although only chondroitin sulfate has the additional advantage of exerting a joint protection effect and a better safety profile,” Pelletier said.
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