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  1. New Monographs

    We've published several new monographs this month. Check them out to learn more:

    For more information, visit www.naturalmedicines.com.

  2. NEW CE/CME: Natural Medicines for Insomnia

    Insomnia costs the US and Canada over $100 billion annually in lost productivity and medical expenses. Many people don’t realize that some natural medicines can actually cause or worsen insomnia. Find out which ones can help, and which ones to keep an eye on in our new CE.

    For more information, visit www.naturalmedicines.com.

  3. Is Your Ginkgo Supplement Tainted?

    Ginkgo is one of the top 25 selling herbal supplements in the US. As popular as it is, it’s also very commonly adulterated.

    A recent study shows that ginkgo products produced by lower quality manufacturers are commonly adulterated with both rutin and quercetin. These chemicals both occur naturally in ginkgo, so adding them to ginkgo products makes the products much cheaper to produce while still appearing high quality to consumers and in some tests. Of the 35 analyzed gingko supplements, 33 contained low levels of ginkgo and/or high levels of rutin and quercetin. While products adulterated with rutin and quercetin shouldn’t pose major safety concerns, there isn’t evidence supporting their effectiveness for many of the common uses for ginkgo, including brain health and blood circulation.

    For more information, visit www.naturalmedicines.com.

  4. Changes Coming to the Nutrition Facts Label

    You might be noticing changes to Nutrition Facts labels on foods and supplements. New rules are going into effect starting January 1, 2020. Manufacturers with at least $10 million in annual sales are required to make the changes first. Smaller manufacturers have until 2021 to make the switch. But anticipate seeing lots of these changes rolled out next year. What should you expect?

    Overall, the goal of these new labels is to help consumers make more informed decisions. If consumers can’t find the information they need, or if it isn’t obvious at first glance, they likely aren’t going to consider it. Servings per container, serving size, and total calories will all be in much bigger and bolder font. Labels will also have added sugars listed separately from sugars naturally present in the product.

    For more information, visit www.naturalmedicines.com.

  5. Banned Substances Still Contaminating Sports Supplements

    Two professional athletes (NHL and NFL) were recently suspended for testing positive for banned substances. In both cases, these substances were undeclared ingredients in supplements they were taking, highlighting how risky these products really are. Continue to discourage your patients from taking these products.

    Muscle building and performance enhancing supplements are two of the most commonly tainted supplement classes. Ostarinehigenamine1,3-DMAA and many other ingredients banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and major sports organizations are commonly found in these products. Sometimes these ingredients are listed on the product label, but often times not. In many cases, products vary by batch. This is a major issue for athletes who consistently take the same supplement, assuming it to be safe, only to find out later that a newer batch contains a banned substance.

    For more information, visit www.naturalmedicines.com.

  6. Is CBD Safe During Pregnancy?

    The FDA is warning consumers about using CBD during pregnancy. While there isn’t any clinical research on CBD use in pregnant and breastfeeding women, the FDA strongly advises against it.

    This advisory stems, in part, from the fact that some CBD products have been found to contain significant quantities of THC. THC can affect infant brain development. THC can also stay in breastmilk for up to six days after use and can lead to long-term developmental consequences for a newborn. Both pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid it.

    For more information, visit www.naturalmedicines.com.

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