What We Like Now. Functional Ingredients, April 2013. by Todd Runestad

Sceletium tortuosum

Here at Functional Ingredients, we’ve been extolling the virtues of sceletium since January 2011. (You can look it up: Go to newhope360.com, search “sceletium” and click on the story, “The new bible for the next year.” You’ll be glad you did.) Finally, the African herb known indigenously as kanna is being commercialized in the US market. The South African pharma company HG&H Pharmaceuticals has partnered with P.L. Thomas, out of New Jersey, to launch the Zembrin brand of Sceletium tortuosum. We like the published safety study, which noted “unsolicited positive effects on well being.” We like the follow-up published double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial on healthy Canadians. The study was for three active weeks with a two-week washout, fi nding brain-health benefi … Continue reading

Functional Ingredients Editor’s Choice Award winners

We scanned the bustling aisles of Engredea at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim this year. And, we bring you our selection of blue-chip ingredients from companies pioneering the next great foundation of new product development. Winners selected in the following categories: Best ingredient for a beverage: Ganeden BC30 from Ganeden Biotech Best ingredient for a food: Optisol line from Glanbia Nutritionals Most sustainable ingredient: Zembrin from P.L. Thomas Ingredient with the best science: BioPQQ from MGC Most novel ingredient: Libifem from Gencor Nutrients Best partnership: Natural Products Alliance of North Carolina Best marketing: Lutemax from OmniActive Health Technologies Best botanical: KSM-66 from Ixoreal Biomed Link to original article … Continue reading

Healthy Directions & Dr. David Williams Launch ZemBright Mood™, a Natural Mood & Cognitive Enhancer

Potomac, MD (PRWEB) March 07, 2013 Healthy Directions, LLC, today announced the launch of ZemBright Mood™, a nutritional supplement developed by Dr. David Williams that quickly and naturally enhances mood, relieves stress, and increases focus and attention. ZemBright Mood™ contains Zembrin®, a patented extract from carefully selected Sceletium tortuosum (also called “Kanna”) plants, which have been used for centuries by the San Bushmen in South Africa to combat stress and fatigue, enhance mood, and relieve thirst and hunger. Zembrin® is the only Sceletium endorsed by the San Council. “I’ve spent years searching for a safe, natural mood lifter that I trust 100 percent and highly recommend, so I was thrilled to discover Zembrin®,” says Dr. David Williams, a medical researcher, … Continue reading

P.L. Thomas and HG&H Pharmaceuticals Slated for Full-Scale, Broad Market Launch of Clinically Supported Zembrin® Sceletium tortuosum at Supply Side West 2012

New Clinical & Safety Data, NDI Notification and GRAS Affirmation Make Patented Zembrin® a Solid Ingredient for Nutritional Supplements to Provide “Experiential” Support for Stress-Related Mood, Cognition and Anxiety Issues MORRISTOWN, N.J., Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — P.L. Thomas & Co. Inc. (Morristown, NJ) and HG&H Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd. (Bryanston, South Africa) announced today that they will conduct a full-scale launch of Zembrin® Sceletium tortuosum extract at Supply Side West, 3-5 November in Las Vegas. Over the last two years, the companies have been engaged in a series of successful clinical and safety studies, have completed the NDI notification process, and will now make the ingredient available throughout North America for the first time. Zembrin is the world’s first patented, standardized and clinically studied extract of … Continue reading

Zembrin® Released to the North American Market

P.L. Thomas & Co. Inc., Morristown, NJ, and HG&H Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Bryanston, South Africa, have engaged in a series of successful clinical and safety trials, completed the NDI notification process, and will now make the ingredient Zembrin, available throughout North America. Zembrin is the world’s first patented, standardized and clinically studied extract of Sceletium tortuosum. Sceletium, also known as “Kanna,” has long been used for its stress-relieving and mood-enhancing effects. Zembrin has been awarded the first ever Export and Bioprospecting permit issued by the South African Government. HG&H Pharmaceuticals and its U.S. partner P.L. Thomas are introducing Zembrin to nutraceutical and functional food and beverage producers who are interested in incorporating this ingredient in products that support reduced anxiety, enhanced … Continue reading

South Africa: bushmen’s prozac possible goldmine

Herbal Doctor Hendrick Jap Jap Klaase

For centuries the plant ‘Kougoed’ is used by the South African San people to control their nerves. It can be compared to the antidepressant Prozac. Now, a pharmaceutical company wants to commercialise the plant. Herbal doctor Hendrick Jap Jap Klaase takes a bunch of dried twigs and leaves out of a jute bag. The small room is full of pots filled with mixed herbs, plants and roots. “This one is for cancer. That one for astma and that one for hemorrhoids”, he points. This is no ‘abracadabra’. The traditional healer knows how these plants can cure ailments. The 63-year-old South African rubs the dried plants between his hands. Like chewing tobacco, you chew on the twigs and leaves. The plant … Continue reading

Medizinethik : Pharmafima beteiligt Ureinwohner an Umsatz – Nachrichten Gesundheit

In Südafrika werden Ureinwohner zum ersten Mal über eine gesetzliche Lizenz am Geschäft mit einem traditionellen Heilkraut beteiligt. Die Kapstädter Pharmafirma HGH Pharmaceuticals sicherte rund 10.000 Buschleuten Anteile zu, sobald ein Antidepressivum aus der psychoaktiven Kanna-Pflanze auf den Markt kommt. Die Aufteilung der Gewinne bei Naturmedikamenten ist eines der Hauptstreitthemen auf der Weltkonferenz über biologische Vielfalt, die an diesem Montag im japanischen Nagoya beginnt. Die Entwicklungsländer wollen in einem verbindlichen Protokoll festlegen, wie Unternehmen das traditionelle Wissen und die Pflanzen ihrer Völker vergüten sollen, wenn sie daraus moderne Medikamente entwickeln. Im Fall von Kanna hat das Unternehmen HGH, das mit der deutschen Firma Gehrlicker GmbH und der US-Firma PL Thomas kooperiert, bereits einmalig mehr als 500.000 Rand (rund 50.000 Euro) … Continue reading

Die Glückspflanze aus der Wüste bringt Buschleuten Tantiemen

Sceletium tortuosum

Traditionelle Medizi – In Südafrika werden Ureinwohner zum ersten Mal über eine gesetzliche Lizenz am Geschäft mit einem traditionellen Heilkraut beteiligt. Die Kapstädter Pharmafirma HGH Pharmaceuticals sicherte rund 10.000 Buschleuten Anteile zu, sobald ein Antidepressivum aus der psychoaktiven Kanna-Pflanze auf den Markt kommt. Von Dagmar Wittek Die Aufteilung der Gewinne bei Naturmedikamenten ist eines der Hauptstreitthemen auf der Weltkonferenz über biologische Vielfalt, die an diesem Montag im japanischen Nagoya beginnt. Die Entwicklungsländer wollen in einem verbindlichen Protokoll festlegen, wie Unternehmen das traditionelle Wissen und die Pflanzen ihrer Völker vergüten sollen, wenn sie daraus moderne Medikamente entwickeln. Im Fall von Kanna hat das Unternehmen HGH, das mit der deutschen Firma Gehrlicker GmbH und der US-Firma PL Thomas kooperiert, bereits einmalig mehr … Continue reading

Traditionelle Medizin aus Südafrika

Ein Heilmittel der Ureinwohner Südafrikas soll Anfang nächsten Jahres auf den Markt kommen. Erstmals sollen nicht nur die Pharmakonzerne von der Entdeckung profitieren, sondern auch die San am Gewinn beteiligt sein.  Ein kleines, fleischiges Pflänzchen mit gelber, sternenförmiger Blüte enthält einen potentiell sehr lukrativen und effektiven Wirkstoff. Von der einheimischen San-Bevölkerung im Westkap Südafrikas wird die Sukkulente Sceletium tortuosum schon seit Jahrtausenden benutzt: zum Entspannen, gegen Hunger, für Babys mit Koliken und gegen Schlaflosigkeit. Verantwortlich dafür ist der Pflanzenwirkstoff Zembrin, der von dem Kapstädter Pharmaunternehmen HGH patentiert wurde und den es nun vermarktet. “Es funktioniert”, lacht der Anwalt des südafrikanischen San Rats, Roger Chennels. Er habe es selber ausprobiert. “Kougoud” oder “Channa”, wie die Pflanze, die einfach nur zerkaut wird, … Continue reading

Locals gain from medicinal herb deal

!Khwa ttu guide Carlos Korokagho Munawgo, originally from Angola, gained his knowledge the traditional way - from the generations who went before. (Image: !Khwa ttu)

Local San Bushman communities will benefit from a royalty-sharing agreement with a pharmaceutical company which hopes to market a stress-busting product based on a medicinal plant. The 10 000 members of the communities are participants in South Africa’s first bio-prospecting licence, awarded to Cape-based HGH Pharmaceuticals. Bio-prospecting describes the research conducted into indigenous knowledge and biological resources. The plant in question is Sceletium tortuosum, also known as kanna or kougoed (Afrikaans, meaning “something to chew”), a ground-covering succulent herb indigenous to Southern Africa. HGH plans to develop and market, both locally and internationally, an anxiety-relieving extract of the plant under the name Zembrin, to the benefit of the local economy. New Jersey-based company PL Thomas is expected to distribute the product in … Continue reading