Botanical Nutrition

by Rob Seeman official blogger of the health food movement


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FDA Agrees to Change NDI Draft Guidelines : Cheers Go Up from the Rooftops!

The Natural Products Industry collectively breathed a sigh of relief today as the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would revisit and revise the New Dietary Ingredients draft guidance it had put forth nearly a year ago.The NDI draft guidance the FDA had drafted in 2011 has been very controversial, in part because it was expected to render many commonly available dietary supplements illegal unless they complied with unrealistic requirements set forth by the government.

According to a statement issued by New Hope 360 “FDA has agreed to issue a new, revised New Dietary Ingredients draft guidance after a top-level meeting including Sens. Tom Harkin and Orrin Hatch and Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.”

“It is deeply gratifying to hear that FDA has decided to rethink its approach to good guidance on this important element of DSHEA,” said Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association. “We look forward to working more closely with the agency in the development of the kind of guidance that is needed by the supplement trade to ensure compliance with this important safety feature of the law.”

“It would be premature for industry to celebrate, but we should be buoyant,” said Steve Mister, president and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition. “This is an indication that FDA has heard the industry and will work with the industry.”


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Bold New Botanical Beverages

Hey! If you spend half your life in the aisles of health food stores like I do (yes, even on vacation) you may have that certain sensation when you spot something NEW that you want to try, and potentially share with others, on the shelves.  Sometimes these discoveries may also come through travel, business connections or just through plain old happenstance. It is always really exciting to find something new you haven’t seen before.

I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of the really cool botanical beverages I have come across of late (and yes these will be family friendly soft drinks here folks, so you’ll have to look elsewhere for Dandelion wine and fine Hoppy microbrews…)

Since we all know how important it is to stay hydrated, Coconut Water has become really popular. It has a wonderful refreshing sweet taste, and lots of natural electrolytes to recharge your system.  But what kind of Coconut Water are people getting?  I’m here to tell you that the best product I have come across on the market is Harmless Harvest‘s 100% Raw Coconut Water

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I met these folks at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim earlier this year. Really nice people and a really wonderful unique product.  Best Coconut Water on the market in my opinion.  A little goes a long way, and your body feels naturally refreshed with just an 8 oz. bottle.

Another really cool line of beverages I came across recently in Northern California Whole Foods is by Drinkwell Softers.  Made by the folks at Eatwell Farm in Dixon, CA their beverages start with organic yogurt whey to which they add sugar, filtered water and flavor ingredients in the form of botanical hydrosols.

They come in four flavors Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Rose Geranium and Rosemary.  The botanicals are from Eatwell Farm, and they nicely compliment the tart living flavor of the yogurt whey.  If you’re a fan of kombucha or other fermented soft drinks, you really should give these a try.

Speaking of Komubcha, if you are a fan of this beverage you have no doubt become familiar with GT Dave’s.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you have to go out and find their new flavor Third Eye Chai.  The wonderful blend of traditional Chai botanicals is a great way to spice up your day, and like all GT’s products contains wonderful healing probiotics, enzymes, acetic acid, l-Theanine and many other synergistic microcomponents that work together in harmony.

Until next time … be well and stay hydrated!