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  • GRASE – What are GRASE ingredients?

    Published on September 25, 2023
    In this post, we'll look at Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective (GRASE) ingredients.

  • New evidence, new outlook: phenylephrine

    Published on September 18, 2023
    The ingredient phenylephrine found in over-the-counter decongestant medications isn’t as effective as previously thought. In this post, we examine the new evidence for this popular ingredient.

  • Trending – Melatonin

    Published on August 21, 2023
    Melatonin is a popular supplement in many products, from gummies to tea to tinctures. But is this ingredient safe? In this post, we look at melatonin.

  • Trending – Food Contamination

    Published on August 7, 2023
    A new, trending food-focused documentary ( brought up many concerns about food contamination. In this post, we look at food safety and contamination.

  • Trending – Borax

    Published on July 31, 2023
    A recent trend ( has taken over the Internet, and we've seen folks choose to drink borax. In this post, we look at the safety of borax and borax consumption.

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