Food for Thought – Regulation of Supplements

Dietary supplements are exempt from the strict regulations applied to the prescription drug industry. A dietary/nutritional supplement is a product that contains vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, enzymes and/or other ingredients intended to supplement the diet. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has special labeling requirements for dietary supplements and treats them as foods, not drugs.

The FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering conventional foods and drug product (prescription and over-the-counter). Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), the dietary supplement manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that a dietary supplement is safe before it is marketed. The FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market.

DSHEA grants the FDA the authority to establish Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), which are regulations governing the preparation, packing, and holding of dietary supplements under conditions that ensure their safety. These regulations are to be modeled after current good manufacturing practice regulations in effect for the rest of the food industry.

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Food for Thought – Adaptogenic herb – Holy Basil – Recipe

Holy Basil Thai Chicken and Rice

Courtesy of Jessica A. Thomas, The Herb Mama; Featured in an article on “Herbal Adaptogens: Everyday Remedies for Modern Times

The flavors of holy basil are well suited to dishes that call for Thai basil. Substituting holy basil for Thai basil is one of my favorite herbal swaps. This Holy Basil Thai Chicken and Rice recipe showcases how easy it is to use holy basil in your own recipes.

What you’ll need…

4 tablespoons oil

3 shallots or red onion, diced

6 cloves garlic, minced

2 to 3 chilies, thinly sliced (de-seeded for less spice)

1 pound of ground chicken or turkey

2 teaspoons honey or agave syrup

2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1/3 cup chicken broth

1 bunch holy basil leaves, chopped

  1. Heat a pan on high. Add the oil. Add the shallots, garlic, and chilies. Stir well.
  2. Crumble the ground chicken into the pan. Stir well and cook until the chicken is browned.
  3. Add the honey, soy sauce, and fish sauce while stirring.
  4. Add the broth and holy basil. Cook until the broth is hot and the holy basil is gently wilted.
  5. Serve with rice of your choice.

Food for Thought – Nutrients for stress support

Reproduced from a stress relief program courtesy of “That Clean Life”.

Nutrition plays an important role in managing anxiety by regulating neurotransmitters and blood sugar. Foods high in magnesium, vitamin B6, iron and fiber offer extra support during times of stress.

Magnesium Research shows magnesium plays a role in migraines and depression. Emerging data suggests magnesium can help with chronic pain and anxiety. Many people do not reach their daily recommended intake of magnesium through diet, which is why this meal plan provides over 500 milligrams per day of magnesium from whole foods.

Vitamin B6 is effective when combined with magnesium in adults with severe stress. Women who consume more vitamin B6 are less likely to experience anxiety. A low B6 status may also increase panic attacks. Getting enough vitamin B6 through diet can support the body during stress and reduce anxiety. This plan incorporates vitamin B6 from many foods including chickpeas, poultry, bananas, and squash.Iron

Low iron is a known contributor to anxiety and depression. This plan contains great iron sources like beef, liver, and sausage. These iron sources are paired with foods that have vitamin C to enhance iron absorption.Fiber

Fiber is an important nutrient to reduce anxiety. It helps to balance blood sugar and feeds gut bacteria to produce short-chain fatty acids which can decrease anxiety. Fiber can be found in this plan from whole grains, legumes, seeds, and cruciferous vegetables.