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Botanicals and beyond: How Australia’s National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine is bridging science and tradition
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Botanicals and beyond: How Australia’s National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine is bridging science and tradition

Speaking on the first Nutrachampion podcast for the year 2023, Professor Jon Wardle aired his views on the topmost priorities in advancing the development and use of integrative or complementary medicine alongside conventional medical therapies. Established in 2020, the NCNM aims to improve health by facilitating access to both integrative and conventional medicines. On top of conducting research, the centre promotes the development of integrative medicine by introducing and training health care practitioners, such as general practitioners, to take an integrative approach in their medical practise, says the Maurice Blackmore chair of naturopathic medicine and professor of public health at Southern Cross University. Read more at Nutra Ingredients
5 Things To Know About Gold Kratom Strains
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5 Things To Know About Gold Kratom Strains

The unusual herb known as Kratom has drawn much interest in recent years. Kratom can be used in a variety of ways. However, Kratom gold is one of the most well-liked. High-quality leaves create the distinctive extract known as liquid Kratom shot. As more and more people become aware of its advantages, it is gaining popularity. Here are a few explanations for why gold Kratom is so popular. Where Does Gold Kratom Shot Originate From, And What Is It? A large yellowish colored leaves known as “gold Kratom” is distinguished by its characteristic golden hue. This particular strain of Kratom is indigenous to the island of Borneo and is primarily produced and harvested there. The leaves of gold Kratom are often bigger and slightly different in shape than those of other types. Read more at par...
Supplements You Shouldn’t Overuse, Say Experts: Zinc, Iron and More
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Supplements You Shouldn’t Overuse, Say Experts: Zinc, Iron and More

The supplement and vitamin market in the US has never been more profitable, being worth over $37 billion in 2022—but the FDA still classifies supplements as a subcategory of food, which can lead to safety issues. "This has huge consequences for the whole category of dietary supplements—from vitamins, minerals, probiotics and all sorts of new ingredients," says Pieter Cohen, MD, internist at Cambridge Health Alliance and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "What it means is that the manufacturer can introduce anything into the market that they believe is safe. The FDA's job is to identify the products that are causing harm after they've been on the market and remove them from store shelves… Because the FDA isn't vetting these products before they show up on store shel...
Botanical immune boosters with a side of zinc
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Botanical immune boosters with a side of zinc

For years, the average consumer had a vague, abstract understanding of the immune system. But 2020 served as a global Immune Health 101 class, creating consumers that recognized the importance of a lifestyle comprised of proper nutrition, exercise and stress management. What’s more, broader acceptance of a lifestyle promoting immune health helped consumers develop habits lasting longer than just “flu season” as they now aim to bolster their health through the entire year. “Immune Health: Special Report 2020” from Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ) indicated that although vitamins and minerals continue to lead in sales, herb and botanical blends are picking up speed. In fact, NBJ data on consumer knowledge and practices showed nearly 30% of consumers deliberately choose supplements includin...
Doctors say trendy turmeric supplements can cause liver damage and urge Americans to know the risks
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Doctors say trendy turmeric supplements can cause liver damage and urge Americans to know the risks

New research attributed a small but growing number of liver-damage cases to turmeric supplements. Researchers identified 10 cases of liver problems from turmeric supplements, one resulting in death. Clinical evidence doesn't support turmeric use to treat or prevent any disease, one doctor said. Liver damage from turmeric supplements in the US, though still rare, appears to have increased in recent years, according to a new report by the Drug Induced Liver Injury Network, a federally funded research group.​ DILIN researchers identified 10 cases in which patients — who were mostly middle-age white women — developed a range of liver problems attributed to turmeric. Five of the patients were hospitalized, and one of them died. The group had data on suspected drug-induced liver injury,...
The science behind hemp-CBD formulations and products
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The science behind hemp-CBD formulations and products

CBD – three little letters that hold so much excitement, promise, confusion and controversy in the natural products space. Many industry veterans can’t recall any singular ingredient that has created such hype and excitement. Unfortunately, there is still much legal and regulatory uncertainty surrounding CBD. So, while some companies jumped in, others are cautiously observing. No matter your personal opinion on CBD, it’s certainly the talk of the industry. There is a learning curve suppliers, manufacturers and laboratories are all undergoing as it relates to CBD formulas, products and testing. Because CBD is relatively new, raw material suppliers are still understanding how to extract it. Manufacturers are learning how to formulate and handle it. And laboratories are figuring out how to t...
Kratom kraze: Leaf lovers hurry new narcotic drinks to market in Thailand
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Kratom kraze: Leaf lovers hurry new narcotic drinks to market in Thailand

While reefer madness sweeps Thailand, another decriminalized narcotic forgotten in the cannabis haze is poised to go mainstream and wash across the land. A year after kratom became legal, recent legislation now allows its use in products such as drinks, candies, and more. Beverage entrepreneurs are gearing up to loose the juice, meaning fans of the big, veiny leaf and its alkaloid high have more to look forward to than slurping bitter homebrew. “This is great. This means I can get it FDA approved, and I can sell it on retail shelves,” said Jake Coyner, who for the past year has been brewing the leaves into a carbonated beverage called OG Kratom. In that time, Coyner’s gone from homebrewing dozens of bottles to producing 2,400 bottles a month at an OEM bottling facility. Read more at co...
What Are Kratom Capsules? – Uses And Side Effects
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What Are Kratom Capsules? – Uses And Side Effects

In recent years, kratom’s popularity in the US has skyrocketed. Despite being legal in most of the nation, herbal medication has received many positive and negative reactions.  Kratom has been sought as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical opioids by those with opioid use disorder, chronic pain, and other health difficulties. Officials at the federal level have been working to limit chemical distribution. According to the FDA, adding another opioid to the market, particularly one that is little understood and can be purchased without a prescription, might contribute to the opioid overdose problem. People have used Kratom capsules as an alternative treatment for chronic pain and depression. Since it is sometimes sold under the guise of a nutritional supplement, it is not subject to t...
Bison Botanics ready to get to work to meet cannabis demand
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Bison Botanics ready to get to work to meet cannabis demand

A Tonawanda cannabis company became one of 15 businesses across the state to receive a conditional adult-use manufacturing license this week. With that license in-hand, Northeast Botanicals Distribution LLC, also known as Bison Botanics, on Military Road, is well-positioned to scale up business to meet incoming demand for THC products in the adult-use space. “It’s amazing to be part of such a small group, let alone any group, of license holders to produce adult-use cannabis product in the state,” president and founder Justin Schultz said. “We’ve already been solidifying the relationships with the other processors and hearing from existing brands looking for us to produce their product and bring it to the New York market.” Read the full story at bizjournals.com
How is Kratom Becoming the Popular Wellness Supplement Today?
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How is Kratom Becoming the Popular Wellness Supplement Today?

You may be wondering how red vein kratom is becoming the popular wellness supplement today. The answer is natural. Kratom is a plant whose compound has similar properties to morphine and is often used as a painkiller. Unlike morphine, however, kratom is not regulated by the FDA. So, how does kratom work? Kratom is a natural painkiller Kratom is a natural painkiller that is fast gaining popularity as an alternative to opioids. Currently, around 10 million Americans use it to treat pain and as a substitute for street drugs. This plant, officially named Mitrogyna speciosa, has a long history of use in herbal medicine in Southeast Asia. It is sold as a bitter powder and can be brewed into tea or taken in capsule form. Keep reading at North Forty News