Gaia Herbs has been really busy this past month with several awards received and a new research they are funding.
First up, Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme won the Delicious Living Supplement Award in the muscle pain and inflammatory category. Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme is an all natural and unique formulation that uses the properties of turmeric to support healthy inflammatory functions.
According to Delicious Living, “Gaia’s unique formula delivers both supercritical CO2- and alcohol-extracted curcuminoids to the fullest possible spectrum of turmeric’s potentially beneficial phytochemicals. And as with every Gaia product, the ingredients are fully traceable online.” The synergy of ingredients in this special formulation leads to better absorption in the body, and helps explain why Turmeric Supreme has grown to become Gaia Herbs’ most popular product, used widely by people seeking support for occasional pain and those seeking support for a healthy inflammatory response.
The next award that Gaia Herbs received was the induction of its Founder and CEO Ric Scalzo into the New Hope Hall of Legends. The Hall of Legends celebrates those individuals who have made. significant contributions to the development and evolution of the natural products industry. Ric Scalzo was recognized for his work in the fields of sustainability, science, herbal education and for his overall commitment to dynamic wellness that span his over 30 years of experience in the clinical and practical expertise in herbal medicine.
Most recently, Gaia Herbs announced their support for a mutli year study by donating funds to study the long-term sustainable rates of harvest for wild populations of Osha. Osha is known for its properties that support the immune system and its benefits for colds, coughs and respiratory ailments. The study will be conducted by the University of Kansas Biological Survey and Environmental Studies Program in conjunction with the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA-ERB Foundation). With this research Gaia Herbs hopes to continue its tradition in finding new and sustainable ways to harvest and preserve Osha.
“To Gaia, quality means much more than a high biomarker and clean QA lab report,” explained Bill Chioffi, Gaia’s newly appointed VP of Global Sourcing. “We never buy conventionally grown herb material, which is plentifully available at a much lower monetary cost than the organic material—but at a much higher cost to the earth. We believe in the development of local organic agriculture and sustainable treatment of the tilth of the earth. We feel it is crucial to have a direct connection with our growers and suppliers to ensure that we are procuring high quality and ethically valid herbal material,” he said.
Gaia Herbs also continues their commitment to global sustainability by including programs to those communities in need. In the past two years alone, Gaia Herbs has grown and donated over 25,000 pounds of certified organic produce to the Bread of Life Free Community Kitchen in Brevard, NC (part of the The Haven of Transylvania County), which provides free meals for the underprivileged and homeless in their community. Also as part of the same program, over 50,000 pounds of Gaia farm-grown organic produce were provided to Gaia employees, so that they too could feed their families for free with fresh organic food throughout the growing season.
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