Botanical Nutrition

by Rob Seeman official blogger of the health food movement

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Natural Products Expo West 2018 was another amazing success!

Every year NPEW draws like 90,000 people into the Anaheim Convention Center to see the latest paleo bars, natural medicine formulas, vegan proteins and a whole host of other stuff.  I have been going for many years, and always enjoy catching up with old friends and hearing what is going on with others in the natural products business.

This year I was blown away by some new products, and I just wanted to take a minute to mention a couple.

Nordic Naturals new Curcumin gummies are straight up amazing and completely sugar free! (Sweetened with xylitol). They’ve also come out with Melatonin gummies to add to their growing repertoire of top shelf vertically-integrated gummies like D3, Vitamin C and the top-selling children’s multi Nordic Berries.


Nordic also continues to extend their probiotic offerings with Probiotic Pixies, and are now selling a Marine Collagen supplement made entirely from fish!  For pescitarians and others who prefer eating lower on the food chain, this new item will be a hit – and really anyone interested in collagen supplementation with enjoy that I think. It has a very clean taste and natural strawberry flavor.

If you are interested in medicinal mushrooms like Corydceps, , Reishi, Chaga and others, you have probably heard of Host Defense organic mushrooms.


Host Defense currently represents over 60% of the US SPINS category of medicinal mushrooms.  While they are the clear leaders in mushroom products, company founder Paul Stamets has also been a widely-recognized inventor and an advocate for working to ‘GIVE BEES A CHANCE’ with research on mushrooms as a therapeutic agent to help prevent colony-collapse disorder, and prevent these devastating effects on the entire ecosystem.  Paul is also the only known mycologist to be represented as a character on Star Trek (astromycologist Lt. Paul Stamets on Star Trek Discover). How cool is that?


Host Defense came out with two very different delivery system innovations for their market-dominating line of medicinal mushrooms.

Mycomedinals teas are a really cool and innvovative way to combine herbs and mushrooms.  The Turmeric Immune has a hint of a chai flavor with cinnamon and ginger, but the flavor is warm and inviting and not overpowering.  If you’re like me you’re a 2-bagger, and at that level you can really tell these formulas have great levels of mushrooms and some really synergistic botanicals.

Priomordial Chocolates are too good to be true! The Maca flavor even has 5 grams of organic Maca root (for those keeping score – it is yellow Maca). The Himalayan Pink Salt is my favorite – they are all dark chocolate flavor and process, but the sometimes bitter notes of the Cacao bean are offset with not very much sugar at all (organic coconut sugar).  Each flavor of bar has a therapeutic dose of mushrooms comprising reishi, chaga and maitake.

More on all of these to come! In the coming days I will also post about some other discoveries I made at NPEW. It is always great to get out of Chicago for a minute. I think these new products were definitely the highlight of my trip to Natural Products Expo West 2018. Thanks for reading about these cool new natural medicine innovations, I welcome your feedback.


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Research in humic and fulvic acid for human health

Unique trace mineral compounds known as humates contain humic acid, a specific type of humic acid called fulvic acid, and also as many as 72 micro-nutrient trace minerals.

A growing body of research into these substances suggests that they may have great benefit for human health!

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Researchers in Phytotherapy Research found that “The anti-inflammatory action of potassium humate can be contributed to the inhibition of the release of inflammatory-related cytokines, an adhesion molecule, oxidants and components of the complement system.”

The complement system is a part of the innate immune system that “enhances (complements) the ability of antibodies and phagocytic cells to clear microbes and damaged cells from an organism, promotes inflammation, and attacks the pathogen’s cell membrane”

Other studies have examined the role of humic and fulvic mineral compounds as effective immuno-stimulants, anti-carcinogenics and chelating agents for detoxification of heavy metals.  Another compound that has been researched for these purposes is Zeolite.

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Come Back to us Whole Foods

Whole Foods has been one of the most successful natural products stores in the United States.  From small beginnings, they have become a publicly traded market leader, and were recently acquired by the ubiquitous AMAZON.


Beyond the huge corporate story of Whole Foods rise, however, is the fact that they are still a health food store.  In as much, they are part of the larger Natural Products Industry which has done important things as a whole such as fight for the Dietary Supplements Health Education act, strengthen the integrity of the Organic act,  and has generally involved the work of many to bring the natural food and holistic medicine/lifestyle to a wider range of people across the country.

This is why it makes me sad to read things like the following articles posted in my feed this week by former and current employees of Whole Foods;

Oh and ESPECIALLY this one since it affects me and a lot of people I care about….

My point is this – for many years Whole Foods was based on things like being good to their employees, helping the environment and supporting local food and small businesses.  They referred to their vendors as “partners in the trade.”  They developed groundbreaking vendor partnerships which gave them market advantages and a lot of good will with their business peers.  Unlike the banks which are “too big to fail”, sometimes companies become too big to sustain their success – growing to the point where they can’t see their own shoes that got them to the place where they were. Ever seen a brand go down the toilet? It isn’t pretty.

Once you said we were partners. We supported you as such, and were happy to spend our dollars with you.  Come back to us Whole Foods – it isn’t too late.  We need you now more than ever as part of this movement.  Respectfully, your former partners in the trade.


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Introducing Boneless Broth – the plant-based super food instant health drink!

Folks, over at the Food Movement we are ringing in the New Year in a really special way! We are soon unveiling our brand new Boneless Broth product line, with our first recipe – Boneless Broth Moringa Miso.

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‘Lots of us try to add some nutritional benefit to our lives by supplementing with super foods. There are lots of good ones out there; but this new Boneless Broth formula combines three heavy-hitters for a trifecta of souper foods!

Our new formula contains

-freeze-dried organic Red Miso (made from non-GMO soy beans)

-organic Moringa oleifera leaf (known as the ‘Miracle Tree’)

-organic Dulse flakes – a treasure trove of ocean nutrition in the form of a delicious seaweed that has been called “bacon of the sea” for its savory, meaty flavor

What you get is an amazing instant soup mix dietary supplement; that is to say you are getting complete proteins, minerals, antioxidants – and lots of unique constituents like the dipocolonic acid in Miso that makes it a powerful detoxifying food!  This is a daily nutritional supplement made 100% from organic food.

And – get ready for this – it contains no sugar.  It is naturally savory, full of umami flavor – if you will, and deeply satisfying.  It is a great way to start and end your day, and for anywhere inbetween.

Check out our special introductory offer on Boneless Broth Moringa Miso

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Beta-caryophyllene cannabinoid research continues to show benefit

You may have read my previous post about BCP (Beta-caryophyllene) a natural cannabinoid (cousin of CBD) found naturally-occurring not just in Hemp, but in many foods such as celery, black pepper and maca root.  Well, you may be interested to know that a continuing and growing body of research shows new and different benefits to human health!


This has been one of my most popular blog entries of late, due to some emerging science on the importance on beta-caryophyllene.  Many of you will know that recently the leading company, the Hemp Movement, discontinued CBD and threw their lot in with Plus CBD made by CV Sciences. BCP is also a phytocannabinoid, and a growing body of scientific research indicates that it is a novel compound we should examine as well.

A very recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience found that BCP “BCP alleviates ischemic brain damage potentially by inhibiting necroptotic neuronal death and inflammatory response. This study suggests a novel application for BCP as a neuroprotective agent.”

Another recent study found BCP helpful in non-alcoholic hepatitis.  Researchers concluded that the “antioxidant effect of BCP might suppressed the damage of hepatocytes caused by oxidative stress and following inflammation and fibrosis.”  Hepatocytes are cells in the liver that are damaged in hepatitis progression.


You may have read in my first post how I talked about BCP affecting both CB-1 and CB-2 receptors; the two major switches in the human ECS or endo-cannabionoid system.

Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in an article entitled “Beta-caryophyllene is a dietary cannabinoid”, Gertsch et al write “The psychoactive cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa L. and the arachidonic acid-derived endocannabinoids are nonselective natural ligands for cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and CB2 receptors. Although the CB1 receptor is responsible for the psychomodulatory effects, activation of the CB2 receptor is a potential therapeutic strategy for the treatment of inflammation, pain, atherosclerosis, and osteoporosis. Here, we report that the widespread plant volatile (E)-β-caryophyllene [(E)-BCP] selectively binds to the CB2 receptor (K i = 155 ± 4 nM) and that it is a functional CB2 agonist. Intriguingly, (E)-BCP is a common constituent of the essential oils of numerous spice and food plants and a major component in Cannabis.”



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Hemp Movement to discontinue Super Hemp CBD; endorses Plus CBD

The Food Movement  first came to being in 2011.  Through our unique relationship with our friend Stuart Tomc, we were able to be one of the first companies to bring the legal and safe dietary supplement CBD (cannabidiol) to the health food market in our sister company the Hemp Movement, and the product Super Hemp CBD.Super-Hemp-Plus-CBD.jpg

At this point in the evolution of CBD in the natural marketplace, it has become clear to us that there is only one company to support going forward – and that is the brand Plus CBD by CV Sciences.  The only company pursuing clinical work, true GRAS (generally regarded as safe) status – and the main brand selling THE REAL CBD.  Not trying to convince you that you need “something else” with marketing and misdirection.  In the Endo-Cannabinoid system, there is no “alternative” to CBD any more than there is an “alternative” to the key to the lock on your front door.

In light of that kind of misinformation, I wanted to make this announcement as a service to all of the people who might get the wrong idea through rumors or innuendo.  Super Hemp CBD is not being discontinued, in so much as the identical (actually slightly improved with the addition of extra virgin olive oil) product is now available from CV Sciences, and is available in the best health food stores everywhere including throughout the Midwest from the Hemp Heroes at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.

The Food Movement will continue to make the finest organic super foods, bioactive food-based dietary supplements and other great products such as our new Boneless Broth.  Thank you to everyone who has helped to bring this potentially life-saving plant-based nutrient to more people, and helped to distinguish a safe, legal dietary supplement from its cousin mary jane.  May God bless plant medicine and the continued education of our species.

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What makes Miso the ultimate umami souper food?

Miso is the most prevalent form of fermented food in the world, traditionally made from fermented soybeans, aspergillus oryzae culture (koji) and salt.  Other ingredients are frequently incorporated such as grains, sea vegetables, mushrooms and scallions.

Miso is a traditional soup which has been popular in Japan for hundreds of years, and is linked back to origins in China in the 3rd century BCE  and another fermented food called Hishio.

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Have you ever eaten in a sushi or traditional Japanese restaurant? Chances are you’ve had Miso soup.  But did you know it has some amazing health benefits as well?

Miso owes it’s highly satisfying savory taste to the interaction between protein phytochemicals called glutamates, and their interaction with various other peptides.  In fermentation the components of the original soy bean are transformed, made digestible, and given that unique “Umami” taste.

Studies indicate that Miso may lower blood pressure through the activation of the body’s dopamine pathways, may help to prevent stroke,  and to even protect against cancer and radiation exposure.

There is a definite connection between Miso’s unique properties, the Umami taste, and the presence of unique glutamates and peptides formed by fermentation.  In addition, the savory flavor may bet activating part of our pallet and our brain that is missing when we concentrate only on salty and sweet foods. USA, LLC