Across the Nutra-verse: Vitamin Shoppe’s targets personalized nutrition, CBD in Thailand, and more

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A lot has happened over the past seven days: Stay on top of the global nutra-news with our weekly round-up of key news from across the globe.

USA

Vitamin Shoppe rolls out personalized nutrition offering with Only Me program

US specialty retailer The Vitamin Shoppe has launched a monthly subscription that offers daily packs of vitamins and supplements called Only Me.

The program utilizes a detailed questionnaire about current health status and daily routines to design an individualized wellness plan. After taking an online assessment, subscribers are provided with a custom daily regimen sourced from a library of 37 supplements. Subscribers can focus on a variety of health needs such as support for brain, mood, energy, sleep, immunity, digestive, aging, gender and maternal need states.

“With the launch of Only Me, we are encouraging customers to take time for self-care and prioritize their health, with the ease and convenience of a personalized delivery service – so they can become their best selves, however they define it,” ​said Sharon Leite, CEO of The Vitamin Shoppe.

The subscription service starts at $20 per month, with individual plan prices based upon the total recommended products and dosages. Pre-packaged daily Quick Packs are also available for purchase, like sleep, prenatal, beauty and foundation.

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Asia

Thai authorities approve use of hemp in food, cosmetics and CBD in herbal products

Thailand has issued a ‘royal gazette’ to allow the use of hemp in herbal products, food, and cosmetics, with effect from Aug 27.

The Thai government also removed cannabis and hemp extracts with THC content of less than 0.2% dry weight from the list of banned narcotics substances, according to a report on NutraIngredients-Asia​.

The new regulations seek to protect the nascent hemp and CBD industry in the country, and only locally licensed enterprises can take part in the industry in the next five years.

Asia

Takanashi Group launches beauty-from-within yogurt drink

Japanese dairy manufacturer Takanashi Group is launching what it believes is the first yogurt drink for good skin backed by a Food With Function​ claim (FFC).

The product claims to relieve dry skin and keep it moist thanks to Lactobacillus rhamnosus​ GG, which is claimed to help moisturize skin from within.

A 2019 review by Lolou and Panayiotidis published in Fermentation​ indicated that some probiotics may support the function of healthy skin by improving hydration and skin barrier function. In addition, other studies have reported that LGG may decrease the severity of eczema in children.

Yuko Nagai, manager in charge of public relations at Takanashi Milk Products, told our Asian edition​ that the product was aimed at people who were concerned about dry skin as well as those who were concerned about fat content.

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