Nutraingredient Editor’s Award

In March 2013 Zembrin was awarded the Nutraingredient Editor’s Award for the most sustainable ingredient at the prestigious annual Natural Products Expo West held in Anaheim, USA.

Sceletium, potent mood booster

By Chris Kilham Published January 26, 2012 Among the many thousands of plants used medicinally around the world, about a hundred or so are mind and mood-modifying. Now, a plant from South Africa has made its way to North America, and it too promises significant mind enhancing effects. Sceletium tortuosum, known by the native San people of South Africa as “Kanna,” enjoys a long history of native use – as early as 1662. The San people used to pick the plant, bury it to ferment it, then dry it. Once dried, sceletium was eaten, used as a snuff or even smoked, to produce its potent effects. The plant was also sometimes used as currency. A good way to describe … Continue reading

Social responsibility towards Khoi-San people of South Africa and the traditional uses of Sceletium tortuosum plant

INTRODUCTION This short introduction to the Khoi and San peoples serves to introduce the people behind the traditions of Sceletium plant (Figure 1) utilization that will be described further, and to highlight the necessity for companies to share benefits with these indigenous people when commercializing products from Sceletium. Based on National Geographic’s Genographic Project, summarized in book The Journey of Man by Spencer Wells (1), it is believed that the direct ancestors of modern humans lived in southern Africa about 60,000 years ago. These earliest groups of modern humans have their present-day descendants among the San and Khoikhoi people inhabiting the western-southern portion of Africa. The genotypes of today’s San (also known as “Bushmen”), original hunters and gatherers, have some … Continue reading

A South African herb that may rival Prozac

Africa Business magazine article on Zembrin

Remember the anti-weight-gain herb Hoodia used by the San people of South Africa? Now, an even more exciting discovery could take the world of antidepressants such as prozac by storm. The herb, found in the same regions as Hoodia, seems to be nature’s answer to depression and anxiety. The global market is enormous but so are the legal and regulatory hurdles. Dr Sean Carey* reports. Think of an antidepressant and the chances are that Prozac will come to mind. The drug, which has been the subject of several books, a film and a musical is undoubtedly the most famous in the category of pharmaceuticals called selective serotonin reactive inhibitors (SSRIs), which were launched with great fanfare in the late 1980s … Continue reading