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Coffee berries, also known as coffee cherries or the outer layer of the coffee fruit, are a rich source of polyphenols, which may exert brain health benefits.   Image © Bartosz Hadyniak / Getty Images

Coffee berry extract may boost alertness & mood: PepsiCo study

By Stephen Daniells

A single dose of an extracts from coffee berry – the outer layer of the coffee fruit and a rich source of polyphenols – may boost alertness in healthy men and women, with effects still observable six hours after consumption, says a new study.

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USP commentary sounds safety, quality alarm on delta-8 THC

By Hank Schultz

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has published a commentary raising potential safety and quality control concerns about the delta-8 THC products flooding the market. The document also raised issues with other cannabinoids that are being isolated...

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Journal retracts botanical DNA barcoding paper by Newmaster

By Stephen Daniells

A paper that concluded that DNA barcoding techniques were more cost-effective than traditional practices for identification of vegetation species has been retracted after the lead researcher – Dr Steven Newmaster – failed to respond to questions about...

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Leafreport: Half of CBG products tested don't meet label claim

By Danielle Masterson

With CBG more difficult to source than CBD, Leafreport sought to find out whether this meant a lot of CBG products were on the market that didn't meet label claims listing the amount of the cannabinoid shoppers should expect to find inside.

Unigen debuts two new botanical ingredients at SupplySide West

Unigen debuts two new botanical ingredients at SupplySide West

By Danielle Masterson

There are plenty of products out there that claim to boost your immune system, help you sleep better or be more focused. But those claims mean little if they have no scientific substantiation. Unigen is a company that says proven health benefits are what...

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Could elderberry boom carry within it seeds of bust?

By Hank Schultz

The unprecedented growth of elderberry demand carries with it a potential poison pill if dilution produces enough ineffective products that consumer confidence is lost, one supplier maintains.

NutraWomen Wednesday: Cattie Khoury, founder of Toodaloo,

NutraWomen Wednesday: Cattie Khoury, founder of Toodaloo,

By Danielle Masterson

Cattie Khoury said she created her trail mix brand Toodaloo after she felt inclined to help battle climate change. Today she is not only working on a healing path for the environment, but for people too.

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CRN survey: 80% of Americans are now using dietary supplements

By Stephen Daniells

Americans have turned to dietary supplements in record numbers over the past two years, with the numbers of users hitting new highs, and confidence in the effectiveness, safety and quality remaining impressively high, according to CRN’s 2021 Consumer...

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October Launch Pad

By Danielle Masterson

This month has a variety of offerings for all ages, from probiotics for the tiniest guts to a formulation for menopausal support.

NutraWomen Wednesday: Tricia Horst, Co-founder of High Falls Hemp NY

NutraWomen Wednesday: Tricia Horst, Co-founder of High Falls Hemp NY

By Danielle Masterson

From runways to more natural landscapes, you could say Tricia Horst has an appreciation for beauty. The former top model-turned-hemp grower is the co-founder of High Falls Hemp NY, a business she launched with her husband Rick Weissman in 2018.

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Botanicals you can rely on, from ADM

Botanicals you can rely on, from ADM

Today more than ever, consumers are striving to support their overall well-being in a convenient way, with foods, beverages and dietary supplements that...