Natural Foods Merchandiser

Tell the Tax Man ?Hands Off Supps?
Tax-free supplements? Although this may seem impossible, proposed legislation may make it reality. The Dietary Supplement Fairness Tax bill would allow consumers to write off dietary supplements and certain other natural products on their taxes. This would allow consumers to save hundreds of dollars every year on preventative care that many insurance companies don?t cover. Currently, pharmaceutical drugs are already covered by special tax codes. Citizens for Health is asking individuals to support the bill by contacting their representatives. For more information, visit

Nothing Fishy About New Omega-3 Claim
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a limited health claim for omega-3 fatty acids. Retailers may soon see the claim ?Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease? on labels. Manufacturers are riding the wave of growing interest in EFAs. Nordic Naturals recently introduced a lemon-flavored chewable blend of omega-3s and omega-6s for ages 3 through the teen years. The Coromega Co. offers yet another delivery system. Consumers can get their EFAs by taking a spoonful of the company?s orange-flavored emulsion.

B Supplements for Migraine Headaches?
Riboflavin may offer relief for migraine headache sufferers, according to research in the October European Journal of Neurology. Twenty-three participants, ages 20 to 65, took 400 mg of riboflavin daily for three months. According to self-recorded journal entries, the subjects? incidence of headaches decreased from four times a month prior to the study to two times a month while taking the supplement. Participants also reported using less pain medication. Side effects reported were minimal and included upset stomach and facial redness.

Earlier research this year found that migraine sufferers who experience a visual aura effect had high homocysteine levels, indicating that they may benefit from folic acid supplementation. Folate has been shown to reduce homocysteine levels in stroke patients—something that migraine patients are more prone to late in life.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 11/p. 40

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