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Supplementing liver health

BY DSN STAFF

EDGEWOOD, Md. —Nutramax Labs recently launched its Samsyl dietary supplement for liver health. Samsyl contains a blend of S-adenosylmethionine, or SAMe, along with a highly bioavailable silybin-soy phosphatidylcholine complex.

SAMe is a supplement ingredient that may be better known for its antidepressant effects or for its benefits for arthritis patients. In 18 controlled clinical trials involving 1,134 patients, SAMe has been found to be at least as effective as other antidepressants. And in 1987, the American Journal of Medicine published 20 papers on SAMe and arthritis, including nine clinical trials with more than 22,000 participants.

And now SAMe’s reputation for improving liver health may soon be on the rise. Through a process called transulferation, SAMe helps the body’s cells produce glutathione. Glutathione is an essential compound necessary to protect the liver from oxidative damage. As many as 17 clinical trials have found that SAMe can help improve both alcoholic and nonalcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis, along with other liver diseases.

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Giant Eagle awarded for green efforts

BY Allison Cerra

PITTSBURGH Giant Eagle has received four awards from the Environmental Protection Agency for its eco-friendly practices and sustainability efforts, the supermarket retailer said.

Giant Eagle was the recipient of the EPA Montreal Protocol award, the GreenChill environmental award, the GreenChill building certification and the EPA Smartway transport partnership perfect performance score.

“Our multiple partnerships with the EPA are a significant piece of our overall sustainability strategy, which also includes our energy management efforts and recycling initiatives,” said Shelly Sponholz, Giant Eagle SVP real estate and development. “We truly believe that our environmental commitment is a vital part to the success of both our communities and our business, as so many of the sustainable projects we undertake produce tangible benefits to each.”

Giant Eagle operates stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.

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Retailers urge Congress to reject Chinese currency legislation

BY Alaric DeArment

ARLINGTON, Va. As members of Congress move to try and force China to revalue its currency, the renminbi yuan, retailers are weighing in on the issue.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents more than 200 retailers, manufacturers and suppliers, asked lawmakers Friday to reject legislation under consideration Friday morning by the House Ways and Means Committee that would pressure China on its currency by imposing tariffs on products imported from there.

 

Alarge share of consumer products sold in the United States are made in China, and in many cases are no longer made in the United States. Thus, placing tariffs on goods imported from China could force retailers to pass the costs onto consumers.

 

 

“Provoking tension with our trading partners doesn’t come without costs, and we should choose our battles carefully, especially given the great amount of uncertainty in markets at this time,” RILA VP international trade Stephanie Lester said. “It makes little sense to enact harmful policies that will spark a bilateral conflict over currency with one of our largest trading partners and fastest-growing markets for American exports, given almost stagnant economic growth.”

 

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