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Merry Christmas from EPO
The EPO team is wishing you a Happy Holiday and a joyful New Year! We wish to inform you that our offices will be closed from December 24th until January 8th due to the Christmas holiday season. All inquiries received during this time will be processed as soon as we return. Please email in case of need.
A taste of Christmas: botanical extracts for food and beverage
Cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and star anise are the traditional flavors of Christmas. Where do these natural extracts come from and how are they used in food and beverage preparations? Find out in this article. Botanical extracts for the food industry Today, consumers are more interested in products with natural ingredients that can support a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Botanical extracts play an essential role in[...]
What future for global biodiversity?
Recently, the release of the WWF Living Planet Index 2022 turned the spotlight back on the health of global biodiversity. Let’s take a look at the findings that emerged from the report and the most significant threats facing living species.  Living Planet Index, a snapshot of biodiversity The Living Planet Index is an index developed by WWF that measures the relative abundance of vertebrate species[...]
Natural solutions to boost your immune system
As cold weather arrives, we get more concerned about our health. Spending a lot of time indoors increases exposure to viruses and bacteria, which cause respiratory tract infections, from seasonal flu to the now-established COVID-19. To defend ourselves against illness, we need an efficient immune system, as well as a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet to support our immune response.  Understanding the immune system[...]
Natural ways to stay healthy during season change
With the arrival of the cold season, our mental and physical well-being can be challenged. Fewer daylight hours and cooler temperatures can lead to a sense of depression and general discomfort, which is described as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Let’s explore what it is, as well as the best natural remedies to address the season change.  Seasonal affective disorder: causes, symptoms, and distribution The climatic[...]
An overview on pyrrolizidine alkaloids: the risks for human health
Natural substances and health do not always go hand in hand. Such is the case with pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA), a group of alkaloids derived from pyrrolizidine that includes compounds highly toxic to humans. Let’s find out more about them.  What are pyrrolizidine alkaloids and where to find them? Pyrrolizidine alkaloids are produced by plants to defend themselves against pests and herbivores and have been identified[...]
Natural antioxidants and their health benefits
Think about holidays, the sea, the sun… Behind the pleasant sensations evoked by these images lie potential threats, particularly for the skin.  It is widely known that exposure to the sun’s UV rays increases the production of free radicals, unstable and highly reactive molecules that, if not adequately counteracted, can damage the skin at the cellular level. The consequences can be the loss of tissue[...]
Happy holidays from EPO!
The summer holidays are upon us: it’s time to take a break and collect some soothing memories. Our offices will remain closed from 8th to 19th August. For general enquiries, please contact
5 ways to start a sustainable business transition
When talking about sustainable transition, we are referring to the need for a radical transformation of society toward goals of equity and harmony with the Planet. Climate change, social inequality, and the risk of new pandemics are merely a few of the global crises that lie ahead. Rather than standing by, both individuals and businesses are called upon to do their part.  In recent years,[...]
Botanicals for digestive disorders and Helicobacter pylori infection
People have always resorted to botanical remedies to alleviate symptoms of common health problems and regain mental and physical well-being. Disorders related to gastric discomfort are no exception: hyperacidity, heartburn, nausea, and sickness affect 70% of the adult population.  Digestive disorders: an overview Stress, poor diet, alcohol consumption, drug intake, age, and a hectic lifestyle are among the leading causes of digestive disorders, which, if[...]
How the Russia-Ukraine war is impacting global supply chains
The tragic turn of events in Ukraine is once again threatening the global economy, with devastating consequences on supply chains.  As TV news brings back scenes that we hoped to never see again, the effects on the lives of people and businesses around the world are already evident: rising inflation, possible supply disruptions, and raw material shortages.  Just think of the consequences on the food[...]
Coping with anxiety in times of crisis: a help from nature
According to the World Health Organization, the global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by 25% in the first year of the pandemic. While the COVID-19 emergency continues, the situation is likely to get worse as a result of the Russian-Ukrainian war.  Mental health in the COVID-19 pandemic Over the past two years, demand for food supplements for anxiety and sleep disorders has peaked. Since[...]
Shaping an inclusive market: Kosher, Halal and Vegan certifications
Transparency and inclusiveness are increasingly central aspects in the eyes of consumers. Reading the label of a product, be it food, cosmetics, or clothing, is often not enough to reassure about the origin of the ingredients it contains. The demand for sustainable products is a trend that will drive market growth in the coming years. On the other hand, in a multi-ethnic society, companies are[...]
Pets and the Pandemic: How the Lockdown Led to an Adoption Boom
One of the most surprising side effects of the pandemic was the boom in pet adoptions seen during the early months of lockdown. Dogs and cats have helped their owners cope with feelings of anxiety and isolation linked to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. At the same time, an increased concern for the health and nutrition of our furry friends is leading to the[...]
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