Tag Archives: Supplements

FDA Drafts Guidelines to Regulate Supplements, Herbs as Drugs

Once again the FDA has issued guidelines that would allow it to regulate non-toxic, supplements and herbal products. This Monday the FDA announced via a document posted on its website a new “guidance” document, plans to reclassify virtually all vitamins, supplements, herbs and even vegetable juices as FDA-regulated drugs. Massage oils and massage rocks will […]

Finally A TV Commercial For A Supplement Product

While we don’t believe that Big Pharma will worry too much about this, we were thrilled to see some well-done TV advertisements for a nutritional supplement company. While watching the boob tube (don’t tell my mom I was eating a pint of ice cream at the time) NBN looked up from his pint of chocolate […]

Vitamin E, Echinacea Continue to Lose Sales

As regular readers of NBN know (and if you’re not a regular reader get with it!) starting in 2005 and continuing in 2006 the media was rife ongoing reports over the inefficacy of nutritional supplements with Vitamin E and Echinacea bearing the brunt of the bad press. Studies about these were widely reported, overstated and […]

Chromium Gets FDA Approval—Health Claim for Diabetes Approved

In case you think chromium is just for the fenders on cars built before 1980, think again. A recent FDA ruling allowing qualified health claims for chromium picolinate might mean you’ll see cereal boxes touting ‘added chromium.’ As the supplement savvy NBN readers know, chromium, in the form of chromium picolinate, has been shown to […]

We’re Skipping The Expo and Heading to Canada

NBN’s Own ‘Deep Throat’ To Report From the Show  As we noted a few weeks ago more and more manufacturers are deciding that the increasingly high costs of exhibiting at both New Hope shows isn’t worth it. NBN was planning on attending, but a better opportunity came up last month. Instead we are flying to […]

Echinacea Schmechinacea: NY Times Report Ignores Existing Literature

A study by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that there is no scientific evidence that Echinacea is helpful in combating colds. As noted in a press release by the American Botanical Council, “This is not a definitive trial on the efficacy […]