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Mark Blumenthal’s top 10 botanicals for immunity and vitality – podcastMark Blumenthal’s top 10 botanicals for immunity and vitality – podcast

Make yourself a ginsandra beverage (that’s gin and schisandra) and listen to this in-depth conversation with the American Botanical Council founder and executive director.

Todd Runestad

October 28, 2020

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ToddCast, Vol. XXIV: While being careful to not pick winners and losers, ABC founder—and now anointed as one of the luminaries gracing the Mount Rushmore of the Natural Products Industry—identifies botanicals vital for vitality and immune health. But really, though, that's not even close to the half of it. Listen in as they till the fecund fields of the mind and talk about:

  • Evolutionary biology and the kindom—no typo—that links plants and animals on this fair planet.

  • The conflict between vitalism and reductionism in how herbalists think about health care.

  • How DSHEA could have been different had botanicals been regulated as a separate category of medicines. 

  • The List. Immunomodulators, sure, but also herbs for vitality.

About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director, NaturalProductsInsider.com, Sr. Supplements Editor, Natural Products Insider

I've been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. I'm The content director for NaturalProductsInsidercom and digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for newhope.com, Delicious Living and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still cover raw material innovations and ingredient science.

Connect with me here https://www.linkedin.com/in/toddrunestad/

My daily vitamin regime includes a morning smoothie with a range of powders including protein, collagen and spirulina; a quality multi, B complex, C with bioflavonoids, >2,000IU vitamin D, E, magnesium, high-selenium yeast, PQQ, choline, alpha-lipoic acid with carnitine, coQ10, fish oil concentrate, probiotics and some adaptogenic herbs. 

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