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KeHE lists top five industry trends to watch in 2019

Niji Narayan



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KeHE has the most innovative brands that position retailers as the go-to natural, organic, specialty, and fresh destination for healthy living. As part of the commitment to finding goodness and staying ahead of the trends—KeHE’s Product Innovation Gurus has summarised the top five trends to watch in 2019. Cannabidiol and hemp-based products have taken the industry by storm. Shoppers are starting to explore CBD products for their claimed health benefits including relief from pain, anxiety and seizures and to improve sleep. Despite several states legalising recreational cannabis use, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says CBD is not permitted in food or drink.

Fats were in, then out, and now they are back in and on the minds of consumers in a huge way. Among Google’s top 10 searches in 2018, five of them reference the ketogenic lifestyle. Between the countless weight loss selfies shared on Instagram and word-of-mouth endorsements, Keto—a strict regimen of low-carb, high-fat foods that forces the body into a state of ketosis—was all the rage for 2018 and expect that in 2019 it will reach new heights.
Consumers have spoken—a one size fits all approach won’t always work when it comes to their health. Consumers want functional, great-tasting products to support them in areas of concern like “clean” protein, daily nutrition and healthy aging. And what works for one shopper may not work for another. That’s why brands providing custom solutions are attracting consumers.

Shoppers know what they want; and they want it now more than ever. App developers have had their hands full creating solutions to answer the demand for more convenient ordering and delivery—from food to fashion, everyone has an app for that. The need for instant gratification has allowed grocery stores to become an alternative to traditional take-out. Stores are dedicating a larger footprint to fresh grab-n-go sets including ready-to-drink beverages, prepared take-and-bake meals, and other fresh offerings.

Another concept gaining momentum is upcycling. Forty-percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten and, on average, a family of four throws away over $1,800 in food every year. This has pushed brands to adopt a process of creative reuse, the process of transforming by-products, waste, and useless or unwanted products into something usable. Think juice from ugly and surplus produce, giving a second life to whey from artisanal dairies and brine from pickle producers, and protein bars from the leftover nutritious grains from brewing beer.

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Green Smoothie “Solar Plexus” – Harmonizing, Revitalizing, Lightly Detoxifying

Betty Tűndik



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A Smoothie for Harmonizing, Revitalizing, Lightly Detoxifying the body in a colder season.

We know that Solar Plexus has strong connection with yellowish colored food. Leafy greens and leaves has a positive impact to the whole chakra system. I used yellow fruits and liquids, combined with leafy greens.

If you are “Working with the mind”, you need more liquids than usual.
Why? Because you can use your mind’s full (100%) potential without a need to use your energy for digestion. The right nutritious liquids and fluids will be absorbed instantly and will provide in the morning the right nutrients.

Very tasty and nutritious.

For one person we need:

– 1 banana

– 1/2 apple

– 1/2 mango

– 1 piece leafy green celery/green celery strain

– a few leaves of spinach and or other other green leaves

With a little water or Red Reishi / Ganoderma Lucidum tea, put into a blender and mix well.

Let’s see the ingredients


A whole food for body and mind. Contains almost every nutrient we need. Minerals like, potassium (in 1 banana about 9%), magnesium, calcium, iron, chromium, copper, zinc.

It helps in fatigue prevention  and mental chillness. Provides to the body energy and vitamins like B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin A.

This super-fruit contains fiber, protein, carbohydrates, pectin and lots of antioxidants.

It is good for your heart, kidney and to all organs body cells.


Contains potassium, B vitamins(B1, B2, B6), Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fibers, carbohydrates, pectin and it may help in inflammations, bone health, stomach problems.


Full of vitamins and minerals, low in calories and tasty!

Mangoes contains vitamin E, A, C, B minerals like Ca, zinc, iron. It is good for your gut, stomach problems, full of enzymes and may boost immune system. Also helps in weight loss.

Leafy Green celery:

Full of antioxidants and folate and cleanse the blood. Has high amount of vitamin C and iron, full of digestive enzymes may help in digestion problems.

Spinach leaves:

Excellent source of vitamin K, A and C, also contains higher amount of manganese, magnesium and folate.

Has wide range of health benefits such as eye health, mental health and a help in neurological problems, helps in bone mineralization and strengthening the muscles. For those people who are doing exercises is highly recommended, for beginners, before exercise you may start to eat daily, more weeks in advance.

Red Reishi/Ganoderma Lucidum Tea – a natural source of Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), a powerful antioxidant which has in the chemical component Ca, Potassium, Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3.

Reishi itself contains:

POLYSACCHARIDES: Strengthens immune system. Balances sugar level in the blood system. Controls destruction of cells. Eliminates toxins.
ORGANIC GERMANIUM: Increases oxygen level in the blood stream. Reduces fatigue. Strengthens the immune system. Increases body’s metabolism.
VITAMINS: Plays an essential role in the physiological process and body’s metabolism.
MINERALS: Helps maintain good health. Plays an important role in the physiological process and reconstruction of body tissues.
PROTEINS: Builds new cells and restores damaged tissues needed in the production of enzyme, antibodies, hemoglobin and hormones.
TRITERPENES: Lower blood cholesterol, anti-oxidant, normalizes hormones, anti-hypertensive.
ADENOSINES: Strengthen the nerves and brain functions, improves blood flow and circulation.


“Ganoderma Lucidum proponents claim that it bears the characteristics of a preventative adaptogen which serves to improve general health and body functions with no side-effects. Ginseng is currently more widely-used as an adaptogen in Western medicine than Ganoderma, but both are categorized in traditional Chinese medicine texts as supplements with the greatest potential for medical efficacy.” (Japan Reishi Association)




Gao Y, et al. Effects of ganopoly (a Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide extract) on the immune functions in advanced-stage cancer patients. Immunol Invest. 2003 Aug;32(3):201-15. 
Wachtel-Galor S, et al. Ganoderma lucidum (‘Lingzhi’); acute and short-term biomarker response to supplementation. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2004 Feb;55(1):75-83. 


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The Government of Canada announces investment under SUAP

Niji Narayan



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The Cannabis Act came into force in October 2018, marking a significant milestone in the Government of Canada’s commitment to legalising and strictly regulating the cannabis. Public education about cannabis is fundamental to achieve the Government’s objective of protecting public health and safety.

The Government of Canada announced an investment of more than $1.8 million over three years under Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP). This funding will support the Government of the Northwest Territories in developing and delivering a comprehensive and interactive cannabis public education campaign. Through the use of traditional media and social media platforms, augmented reality, community-led engagement sessions and other innovative public education tools, the campaign will bring health and safety information to communities across the territory.

By working collaboratively with provincial and territorial governments and a range of partners, the Government of Canada is able to maximise the reach of its public education efforts and to ensure that Canadians have access to the information needed to make informed choices about cannabis use.

Ginette Petitpas Taylor, the Honourable Minister of Health said, “The Government of Canada is expanding its cannabis public education efforts by investing in community-based projects. This campaign will provide Northerners with factual information to help them make informed decisions about cannabis use.”
“I am pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting the Government of the Northwest Territories in its cannabis public education efforts. Collaborative partnerships such as this one are helping to provide Canadians with clear, consistent and evidence-based information on the health and safety facts about cannabis”, says Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament.

Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services for the Northwest Territories said, “This federal investment will support activities in communities throughout Northwest Territories that will help residents, particularly young people, have access to culturally safe information that will help them make healthy and responsible choices on cannabis use.”

In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $62.5 million over five years to support community-based organisations as well as Indigenous organisations and governments that are educating their communities on the risks associated with cannabis use.

Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program provides funding for evidence-informed and innovative awareness, prevention, harm reduction and treatment initiatives addressing a range of substances, including cannabis. The Government of the Northwest Territories will use this funding to lead community engagement activities, launch a media campaign using both social media and traditional media, and develop public education and awareness materials for different segments of the population.

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Cordyceps Eternity – Elixir of Life – Used in Tibetan Medicine, Chinese Traditional Medicine and Ayurveda

Betty Tűndik



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Ancient herb, modern manufacturing.

We present a product that should not be lacking from our body as nutrient and as a daily food.

Cordyceps Sinensis has been described as a medicine, already in the old Chinese medical books and in Tibetan medicine. It is a rare fungus found at altitudes above 4500m in Sikkim. Traditional healers and locals from North Sikkim recommend this fungus for all diseases, either as a single compound or combined with other medicinal plants. A study was conducted to collect information on the traditional uses of Cordyceps in Sikkim. This study found that most of the traditional local healers use Cordyceps for the treatment of 21 diseases. This is why modern research has been carried out to evaluate whether these curative effects are goodwill and not just aberrations of locals. Pharmacological studies also has shown the chemical and biological construction of cordyceps. More clinical trials have been conducted on disease and mechanism.

Let’s see why some plants and mushrooms were used by people in those regions.

The mushrooms were used primarily as food, and then as medicine, but they have been used in spiritual practices and religious rituals around the world since the 5,000 BC.

Gordon Wasson (father of mycology) believed that the Soma plant used in religious ceremonies, now more than 4000 years before the beginning of the Christian era, by the people called “Arians”, was actually a fungus.

The Vedic juice called “soma race” it says that have given divine qualities to the soul of the consumer, even immortality. Ayurveda classifies mushrooms in Tamasika Ahara, as a medicine to increase energy and vitality. Cordyceps Sinensis has been described in ancient Chinese medical books from ancient times, and is also found in Tibetan medicine.

Traditional healers in Sikkim recommend Cordyceps Sinensis for “all diseases” as a universal tonic for body, mind and soul. They claim to improve energy, appetite, strength, libido and sleep. The North of Sikkim is a great reservation of natural medicines and aromatic plants from high altitudes. The people there own a thesaurus of knowledge and management of their use. There are a number of renowned classes among practitioners like Amchi (Tibetan) and Vaidyas (folk healers). The relevant information was collected from locals, local practitioners, healers, as well as directly from herbal collectors during the visting of Lachung and Lachen, between June 2008 and September 2009.

The information was collected through an indefinite questionnaire from a large number of individual respondents as well as semi-structured interviews. They were asked to name the local herbs and talk about their traditional and commercial uses, and how to administer them. The information obtained in each locality was verified in different places with other respondents. To prove the usefulness of Cordyceps, the scientific information of chemical constituents, curative, biological studies, and all pharmacological studies have been gathered and reviewed and carefully studied.

The people of the North-Sikkim have called this plant herb yarsa gumba; Tibetan name [winter (yarsa) and summer (gumba)]. In the literature, “gunba” or “gonba” were also used instead of “gumba”.

Local Nepalese called Keera Jhar (insect herb). It is also known as Himalayan Viagra. It costs about $ 6.77 per piece on the international market and is available locally at Rs.100 / – per piece. Initially, local pastors noticed that yak, goat, sheep, etc. who consumed Cordyceps Sinensis during the grazing, they became very strong and robust. This observation opened the way for the discovery of its medical value. Afterwards, locals and pastors used fungus powder to increase milk production, and to improve their reproductive capacity and vitality in their cattle. Then its relevant medicinal properties were explored, collecting only the upper part (fruit body / Stroma), which they dried at the sun. Then, they consumed it and were convinced of its medicinal effects. They have also said that it has aphrodisiac effects, and therefore they also used to give as a gift to relatives and friends in Gangtok and adjacent areas.

Currently, local folk practitioners use the product alone or in combination with other herbs to treat various diseases.They administer in different doses for different conditions. People of both sexes usually use a piece of Cordyceps Sinensis with a cup of milk to enhance potency and sexual desire. The Bhutia community used it by putting a piece of Cordyceps Sinensis in a cup of local alcohol (Chang), left for 1 hour and drank it in the evening for a good night’s sleep. Some used hot water instead of alcohol. Some popular healers used Cordyceps Sinensis for diabetes and other diseases. It is also used for cancer, mixed with texus leaves and Ginseng root.

Similar reports are also available in Nepal. It has been noticed that after its prolonged use among the population, some have escaped from about 21 diseases, including cancer, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, TB, diabetes, coughs and colds, BHP, jaundice, hepatitis etc.

Various pharmacological and biological studies have demonstrated the curative effect of cordyceps involving various experimental models (in vitro and in vivo) and some clinical studies in volunteer athletes. It has been concluded that Cordyceps Sinensis has a very broad, biological and pharmacological action in liver problems, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease. It has positive effects on immunological disorders, including cancer. The pharmacological actions of Cordyceps are primarily due to bioactive polysaccharides, modified nucleosides, and cyclosporine. Also, the fermentable strain of mycelium produces normal fat and beta-oxidation, thus maintaining blood glucose levels during prolonged exercise in athletes.

Cordyceps has been shown to be a major chemical constituent, which is cordycepic acid and along with other amino acids, vitamins and minerals is a super food with excellent medical properties.

Gano Excel’s Cordyceps has all these healing effects and has studied from a really long period, but the advantage is that has a very modern and eco- friendly,  in-house and innovative manufacturing process, which means we can have it in our homes very easily.

The founder of Gano Excel, a scientist and mycologist, came to the conclusion that, apart from Ganoderma Lucidum (the 6 types), which is used in its products, Cordyceps is a very important plant, precisely because of its large scale of usage and healing properties. Gano Excel puts great emphasis on the quality of its products. It is very important how much of this plant (fungus) is used, how pure and clean is from other organisms. So, the right dose, pureness, and quality control is very important. At Gano Excel, Cordyceps is called Cordyceps Eternity and is called Dong Chong Xia Cao ‘or’ Semitake ‘in Japan. It is an effective treatments for kidney disease and also had the following curative effects – lowering of blood pressure and blood glucose; regulating the immune system and increasing immunity; anti-clotting, anti-inflammatory, etc.

Prof. Fumio Tsurudani of Nagoya, Japan’s Medical University Institute has conducted an experiment in patients with kidney disease to check the efficacy of Ganoderma Lucidum and Cordyceps. After the administration of these two mushrooms, a good kidney function was found and the disease reversed. Thus, kidney disease can be healed significantly by administering ganoderma and cordyceps together.

Also an Effective treatment could be the administration of Cordyceps and Ganoderma together with vitamin C, but not necessarily, this must be seen in every patient differently and individual.

The daily dose should start with a capsule twice a day for 3 to 5 days, followed by 2 capsules twice a day for one week, and then 3 capsules 3 times a day can be easily taken.

We can find on other websites about this wonderful product lots of information. This product is aimed at both children and adults to maintain a high level of health and stamina.

Medical Indications:

– antitumoral: improves the rate of cellular oxygen use (reduces acidosis, hypoxia and reduces tumor cell multiplication)

 – reduces blood cholesterol levels, reduces lipid peroxidation – prevents and relieves atherosclerosis

 – supports the activity of the adrenal glands

 – increases hematocrit and serum resistance

 – antioxidant: increases the antioxidant enzyme, which is superoxide dismutase

 – improves memory, slows down the aging process, actually has anti-aging effects

 – adaptogen (selectively stimulates all body functions by helping to adapt physically and mentally)

 – immunomodulator

 – natural antibiotic, antiviral, antibacterial effects

 – improves sleep, reduces anxiety, depression, migraines

 – cardioprotector: regulates heart rate and tonifies muscles, increases stress resistance, regulates blood pressure, it has anticoagulant effect

 – hepatoprotective effect: reduces ascites, normalizes transaminase levels, prevents fibrosis, reduces pressure in veins, normalizes serum proteins

 – renal protector (in renal colic, pyelonephritis, glomerulonephritis, cystitis, drug nephrotoxicity)

 – pulmonary protector (bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, pulmonary emphysema, tuberculosis, relieves cough, reduces mucosal secretions and night sweats)

 – gastric protector – prevents and reduces the symptoms of stress ulcer (intellectual, post-traumatic and surgical stress)

 – antidiabetic: increases insulin synthesis and glucose metabolism rate

 – Sexual, female and male tonic, reduces and regulates male infertility problems by increasing sperm count and quality

 – reduces constriction of blood vessels and improves blood flow (reduces the symptoms of “tired legs”); attenuation of auditory phantom perception (tinnitus) and earshots

 – energizing: increases production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – stores and transports energy from cells; increases sports performance

 – universal tonic and help for chronic diseases

An important aspect of CORDYCEPS GANO EXCEL:

“Through the cultivation method developed by GANO Excel – the spore multiplication – which is 100% plant –  by careful observation of the growth process, and the optimal harvesting, the therapeutic potential of Cordyceps Gano Excel grows 10 times the growth rate in the spontaneous flora in the nature.”

(The Medical Indication Session Source: Ganotherapy / Ganoterapia –  translated)



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