Nature's Sunshine Products Names Dr. Matthew Tripp as Chief Scientific Officer

Nature's Sunshine Products Names Dr. Matthew Tripp as Chief Scientific Officer

LEHI, Utah, April 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nature's Sunshine Products,
Inc. (Nasdaq:NATR), a leading natural health and wellness company engaged in
the manufacture and direct selling of nutritional and personal care products,
today announced the appointment of Matthew Tripp, Ph.D., as Chief Scientific
Officer. Dr. Tripp has extensive senior level R&D experience in consumer
product manufacturing for major consumer goods companies, and will play a
significant role in the development, manufacturing and quality control of
Nature's Sunshine Product's broad range of nutritional products.

Since 2000, Dr. Tripp has served as Vice President, Research and Development,
at Metagenics, a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of high
quality dietary supplements and medical foods sold through health care
practitioners in the U.S. and pharmacies abroad. He has also concurrently
served as Senior Vice President, Research and Development, at KinDex
Therapeutics, a biotechnology company created by Metagenics.At Metagenics, he
had direct responsibility for managing the discovery, development, safety, and
clinical validation of medical foods and nutraceuticals.He played the
leadership role of installing a new product development process that
accelerated time to market and the volume of science based, clinically tested
new products moving through the product pipeline.Significantly, Dr. Tripp led
the creation of a substantial body of proprietary intellectual property,
resulting in over 100 patents and patent applications.

Prior to working at Metagenics, he worked in progressively more responsible
R&D and leadership roles at the Kellogg Company and Miller Brewing
Company.Dr. Tripp received his Ph.D. from Washington State University in
Physiology/Microbial Genetics/Microbiology; an M.A. in Microbial
Physiology/Bacterial Genetics and a B.S. in Biology both from Western Michigan
University.He also completed extensive post-doctoral research at the
University of California – San Diego where he discovered novel protein
phosphorylation cascades involved in nutrient signaling (nutrigenomics) –
processes that when disrupted by poor diet, lead to metabolic disease and
chronic illness.

"I am very excited to have someone of Dr. Tripp's qualifications and
reputation in the industry become part of our leadership team," said Gregory
L. Probert, Nature's Sunshine Products' Executive Chairman and interim
CEO."He will play a critical role in clearly defining, developing and
communicating the Company's science strategy and vision to achieve higher
organic growth and profitability through innovation."

About Nature's Sunshine Products

Nature's Sunshine Products (Nasdaq:NATR), a leading natural health and
wellness company, markets and distributes nutritional and personal care
products through a global direct sales force of over 340,000 active
independent Managers, Distributors and customers in more than 40
countries.Nature's Sunshine manufactures most of its products through its own
state-of-the-art facilities to ensure its products continue to set the
standard for the highest quality, safety and efficacy on the market today. The
Company has three reportable business segments that are divided based on the
characteristics of their Distributor base, similarities in compensation plans,
as well as the internal organization of NSP's officers and their
responsibilities (NSP Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe; NSP Russia, Central
and Eastern Europe; and Synergy WorldWide). The Company also supports health
and wellness for children around the world through its partnership with the
Little Heroes Foundation.Additional information about the Company can be
obtained at its website,

CONTACT: Stephen M. Bunker
         Chief Financial Officer
         Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc.
         Lehi, Utah 84043
         (801) 341-7303
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