Vitamins & Supplements

Herbs are Complex, Let’s Stop Over-Simplifying Them

By Erik Goldman

Botanical medicine has evolved extensively over the last 20 years, as public interest in medicinal herbs has grown, and the product development process has become more sophisticated. One of the major trends has been the focus on delivering highly concentrated forms of “active” compounds extracted from the myriad of molecules produced by plants. Over the […]

“We Had To Remain Open”– A Global Supply Giant Affirms Its Core Mission

By Erik Goldman

It is no small feat for a global corporation with 24 offices and production facilities on four different continents to respond effectively to a fast-moving pandemic like COVID-19. For nutritional and pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturer, Lonza, the challenges posed by COVID were a fundamental test of the company’s core mission: “providing solutions that improve quality of […]

Sales Surges & Supply Shortages: Supplement Brands Navigate Choppy Post-COVID Seas

By Kristen Schepker

Dietary supplement sales soared to unprecedented heights this year, owing to the coronavirus pandemic. But as consumer interest spiked, major disruptions to the ingredient supply chain limited the accessibility of many botanical and nutraceutical raw materials, excipients, and packaging materials, creating major sourcing challenges for supplement companies. Peak, Then Plateau A Nutrition Business Journal analysis […]

CDC “C’s the Light,” Reluctantly

By Erik Goldman

The Centers for Disease Control has finally, but reluctantly, acknowledged that “certain vitamins & minerals may have effects on how the immune system works to fight off infections and inflammation.”

Nutrients & Phytochemicals to Ease Pulmonary Inflammation

By Nalini Chilkov, LAc, OMD Contributing Writer

The intense immune reactions seen in severe COVID and other forms of Acute Respiratory Distress (ARDS) are mediated in part by Inflammasomes–multi-protein complexes produced by lung cells. Dr. Nalini Chilkov shares how substances found in common herbs and plant-based foods can reduce pulmonary inflammation.

Does Elderberry Cause “Cytokine Storms” in COVID Patients?

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Elderberry is a staple in many natural medicine toolkits, especially during cold and flu season. Many people are now turning to it as a preventive or therapeutic treatment for COVID-19. It may have some merit in this context, but recent reports that the beloved botanical can set off a storm of hyperinflammation have called its immune-boosting power into question

Climate Change Takes Toll on Herbal Medicine

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

As global temperatures continue to rise, scientists predict that environmental shifts will impact the ability of medicinal plants to grow and thrive in affected regions. Botanists across the world are shining light on the ways that climate change could fundamentally alter the practice of holistic medicine.