PROBIOTICS – THE FOUNDATION OF HEALTH
Probiotics, the friendly bacteria that line our digestive tracts, are crucial to gut health. And gut health forms the foundation for overall health. “An unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome,” says Vanessa de Ascencao, nutritional consultant and member of the Health Products Association (HPA). Probiotic supplements are the fastest growing sector in supplements in South Africa, with a growth of 25 percent in 2016: a Euromonitor report predicts that the probiotic industry in South Africa could be worth over R527 million for 2017.
The word probiotic means ‘for life’, and the human digestive tract normally contains hundreds of types of these ‘intestinal microflora’ that reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive tract. According to health experts, the perfect ratio of gut bacteria is 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad bacteria. When this is out of balance, health problems result. A good probiotic supplement contains billions of live bacteria to bolster and replenish levels of the health-promoting ‘good bugs’ in the digestive tract.
Probiotic supplements can help the body to function at its best, and many South Africans are taking this option. Bruce Dennison, President of the HPA, says that the market for probiotic supplements in South Africa is growing exponentially. “Consumers are far more informed about the benefits of supplements, and realise the role that probiotics can play in improving their health,” he notes.
The much-awaited General Regulations to the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 101 of 1965 (Regulations, 2017) were published on 25 August 2017. Section 54 of these Regulations repeals the regulations published under Government Notice No. R510 of 10 April 2003 in Gazette No. 24727 (Regulations, 2003). “The HPA is deeply disappointed that our goodwill to collaborate with the Department of Health (DoH), on a mutually beneficial pathway, to provide detailed submissions commenting on the draft regulations were not taken into consideration,” says HPA Chairwoman, Maria Ascencao.
The HPA considers the new Regulations to be unworkable. The cost of compliance is too onerous, particularly with regard to licensing and responsible pharmacist requirements, and industry is being crippled by restrictions placed on imports and launching new products.
The HPA plans to continue working directly with the DoH by providing solutions to a resource- stretched Medicines Control Council (MCC) and to strategically open channels for communication with DoH and government. ”At the heart of what we represent is the protection and safety of the public, a value which we know is felt mutually by responsible industry members as well, of course as the Regulator,” continues Ascencao.
The HPA Executive Committee motivated for HPA/Industry to take a self-regulatory approach as a top priority to the DoH that provides a fast-track notification and licensing system, appropriate GMP, health claims and other relevant and workable options for a practical system that works for industry and consumers.
SKINCARE USERS PRIORITISE HEALTH OVER BEAUTY
A new report from Lycored reveals that skincare product consumers are more interested in feeling healthy than looking younger or more attractive.
The global carotenoid specialists surveyed 480 consumers in France and the UK. Only 14 percent said that appearing younger was one of their reasons for using skincare products, and only 18 percent were motivated by a desire to look attractive.
For more: https://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/contents/view_breaking-news/2017-10-09/lycored-survey-finds-skincare-users-prioritize-health-over-beauty/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Nutraceuticals%20World%20eNewsletter%20(10-10-2017)%20(Final)&utm_content=&spMailingID=786251&spUserID=MjQwMzg5OTQwNTMS1&spJobID=400153868&spReportId=NDAwMTUzODY4S0
HPA WORKSHOP FEEDBACK
The HPA has during the course of 2017 run successful and well attended workshops. One of the most pertinent was presented by the MCC’s Chairman of the Complementary Medicines Committee (CMC), Dr Neil Gower. He discussed “Dissecting the Regulations” with specific reference to Health Supplement Classifications. Numerous relevant and interesting workshop are planned for 2018. Watch this space!
COMING SOON: “ANTI-AGEING NUTRITION” LECTURE TOUR BY NUTRITION AUTHORITY PROFESSOR DAVID P. RICHARDSON
Globally recognised nutrition authority, Professor David P. Richardson, will be visiting South Africa in March 2018 to present various workshops countrywide on anti-ageing nutrition.
Richardson is the author of a scientific paper entitled “Nutrition, Healthy Ageing and Public Policy” which was researched and written in cooperation with IADSA’s Scientific Group of leading international scientists. According to Richardson, “Nutrition has the power to make a substantial impact on the health and functional status of older individuals. Nutritional interventions, therefore, could hold the promise of mitigating the impending burden of chronic disease and disability, as well as improve the quality of life of the increasing ageing population.”
SOLGAR TURNS 70!
Solgar, one of the most respected health supplement brands in the world, celebrates its 70th birthday this year. To mark this milestone, Solgar South Africa engaged a leading authority on the impact of nutrition and other lifestyle factors on health and illness, Dr John Briffa BSc (Hons) MB BS (Lond), to conduct seminars for their local retailers in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Briffa spoke to retailers on the effects of stress.
First launched in 1947 in the United Kingdom, the brand has gone from strength to strength and maintained a distinguished and reliable profile in the booming supplement market. One of the first high-potency imported brands available in South Africa, Solgar was introduced into local Independent Health Food Stores in 1994. The brand has become an integral part of this market, and has invested education and numerous other resources. Solgar offers over 450 advanced nutritional supplements and the company is dedicated to providing consumers with quality, innovative, science-based supplements. It is also committed to exclusively distributing products in the natural products industry where knowledgeable retailers worldwide can guide consumers.
This globally recognised brand is distributed in over 60 countries, with affiliate offices in the U K, Spain, South Africa and New Zealand. Solgar’s finished products are distributed from the company’s global distribution centres.
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE DIETARY SUPPLEMENT INDUSTRY
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has funded an independent analysis into the dietary supplement industry and which was conducted by John Dunham and Associates. The results reveal that this industry is a major economic engine.
According to the survey, the dietary supplement industry employs more than 750 000 Americans and generates US$5.75 billion in state and local taxes—money that helps build and supply schools, police and fire departments, roadways and other projects—and US$9.2 billion in federal taxes. In the United States, the dietary supplement industry’s overall economic impact in 2016 was US$122 billion and it continues to grow. Much of this growth has been driven by an increase in consumer demand for health and wellness products.
KIGELIA – THE SKINCARE DOCTOR
Kigelia africana – commonly referred to as Kigelia or African Sausage Tree – is a natural skincare treatment widely used for generations by African Traditional Healers. Kigelia fruit has both medicinal and cosmetic properties: it can be used to treat skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections, boils, acne, wounds and sores, as well as to firm and enhance skin tissue and eliminate blemishes. Kigelia is now a popular ingredient in anti-ageing and regenerating skincare products and after-sun formulations
The traditional use of Kigelia as a healing agent for skin conditions is validated by a significant body of scientific literature and patents. Several papers support the use of Kigelia extract for treating sun damage to the skin, while the extract has found a market in Europe and the Far East as the active ingredient in many skin tightening and breast firming formulations. Scientific studies suggest that Kigelia has remarkable skin healing and conditioning properties.
For more information: http://phytotrade.com/products/kigelia-africana/
NEED NEW PACKAGE DESIGN? USE YOUR INTUITION
As the dietary supplements market becomes more competitive, alluring package design becomes increasingly important. The New Hope Network provides some insights on how to intuitively spark your design process. Based on the work of organizing consultant Marie Kondo, the information in this article suggests that you ask a very simple question about each element of your current packaging presentation.
For more: http://www.newhope.com/branding-and-marketing/dreading-your-packaging-redesign-let-joy-spark-process?NL=NP-01&Issue=NP-01_20170921_NP-01_287&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1&utm_rid=CNHNM000000584083&utm_campaign=23083&utm_medium=email
THREE SIGNS THAT YOU NEED A NEW CONTRACT MANUFACTURER
It is vital for a brand owner to partner with a contract manufacturer that they can rely on and trust. Nutraingredients advises on how to ascertain when you need a new contract manufacturer.