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Star Scientific launches immune system booster

BY Michael Johnsen

GLEN ALLEN, Va. — Star Scientific on Tuesday launched Anatabloc, a dietary supplement formulated to support the immune system.

Anatabloc contains the dietary ingredient anatabine citrate, an alkaloid found in a variety of plants in the Solanaceae family, including the tobacco plant, as well as in eggplant, green peppers and green tomatoes. Anatabine citrate, combined with vitamins A and D3, is believed to assist the body in maintaining anti-inflammatory support, the company stated.

The supplement is only available today via a dedicated website (Anatabloc.com) and through a toll-free customer center; however, select CVS locations have picked up distribution on another Star Scientific product, CigRx.

CigRx contains the dietary ingredients anatabine citrate and an extract of yerba mate, and provides smokers with a non-nicotine, nontobacco alternative when they have the urge to light a cigarette, Star Scientific stated. In addition to a dedicated website (Cigrx.com) and purchase portal via Amazon.com, the CigRx retail presence has significantly expanded in the past two months. It now is available at all Richmond, Va.-area CVS stores, as well as in roughly 500 stores in independent retail and convenience stores in New England. 

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Ragweed allergies high across nation; St. Louis med center offers steps toward relief

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis University Medical Center on Tuesday issued a step-by-step guide in tackling allergies, timely considering the recent uptick in ragweed allergies. According to Weather.com, weed allergens are particularly high right now across much of the continental United States.

The guidelines:

  • Avoid allergens by closing windows, changing air conditioning filters and limiting outdoor activities. If you feel better, you have a good clue that allergies are at work, rather than a cold or sinus infection;

  • Try over-the-counter medicines, such as Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec;

  • If over-the-counter medicines don’t do the trick or if you find yourself missing out on outdoor activities, visit an allergist. Prescription nasal sprays containing either steroids or antihistamines may be in order. Your allergist may do a skin prick test to zero in on your precise allergens if the source of your symptoms isn’t clear; and

  • If you continue to suffer, your allergist may recommend immunotherapy. While the series of shots must be administered over the course of a few years to increase your body’s tolerance to the allergen, the good news is that recipients reported improvements in symptoms within a few months after beginning treatment.

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Alacer launches new for-kids SKU; pledges its support for Vitamin Angels

BY Michael Johnsen

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. — Alacer last week launched Emergen-C Kidz, a new vitamin drink mix specially formulated for children. A portion of the proceeds from the new SKU will be donated to Vitamin Angels, the company added.

For every box of Emergen-C Kidz sold, 25 cents will be donated to Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing childhood mortality through supplementation. "Essential nutrients enable young immune systems to fight infectious diseases, helping children attain good health and the opportunity to lead meaningful and productive lives," stated Howard Schiffer, president Vitamin Angels.

Alacer hopes to raise additional funds for Vitamin Angels through the My Emergen-C Kidz Pledge. For every family that takes the pledge, Alacer will donate an additional 25 cents to Vitamin Angels with the hope of raising $5,000. Parents can take the My Emergen-C Kidz Pledge at Facebook.com/EmergenC, where they can find tools and resources to help them track, celebrate and share their progress.

Each packet of Emergen-C Kidz fizzes in water to provide 250 mg of vitamin C, plus zinc, quercetin and other antioxidants, for immune support; five B vitamins that play a key role in metabolism for energy; and essential minerals and electrolytes to help kids stay healthy.

The Emergen-C Kidz vitamin drink mixes are available in three fruit flavors: fruit punch, orange and grape. Fruit punch and orange flavors are available where vitamin C products are sold, and grape is available exclusively at natural food retailers, including Whole Foods Market. The retail price for a 30-packet box averages $10.99. Free samples of Emergen-C Kidz will be available on the Emergen-C Facebook page, beginning Sept. 6.


For more information about Emergen-C Kidz vitamin drink mixes, Vitamin Angels and the My Emergen-C Kidz Pledge, visit Facebook.com/EmergenC. You can also follow Emergen-C and Vitamin Angels on Twitter via @EmergenC and @VitaminAngels.

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