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Natural Foods Merchandiser


Why hippos don?t sweat the sun
Forget antioxidants—think hippo sweat for the next wave of sunscreen ingredients to hit the market. Scientists already know that this huge animal?s sweat-like secretions absorb light rays, but new research may unveil the molecular structure of these compounds—the next step in discovering if the substance might have human applications. Researchers at the University of California, Merced, will soon publish what they discovered while studying the sweat of Bulgy, the resident hippo at the local zoo. The hippo sweat, which is actually more of a watery jelly, also appears to repel bugs and prevent infection.

Rite Aid provides education tools
Rite Aid customers will have an easier time deciding which vitamins are right for them with the company?s Vitamin Initiative campaign. The program includes free Vitamin Answer Wheels that provide vitamin suggestions for certain health conditions. Customers will also be offered a Vitamin Tips & Savings magazine with coupons and wellness articles. The company also has added a new vitamin section on its Web site:

ABC brings back botanical book
Retailers interested in the history, lore and uses of botanicals around the world will want to read Plants, People and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany (American Botanical Council, 2005). Discontinued in 2004, ABC is now offering the book for sale on its Web site for $30 for individual copies. The book?s authors, Michael J. Balick, Ph.D., and Paul Alan Cox, Ph.D., discuss how indigenous cultures of the Americas, Caribbean and Southeast Asia use plants for medicinal and recreational purposes and how botanicals have influenced modern medicine. The authors? writings are based on their own experiences while living among these cultures. To order the book, visit

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