Nature and science mix at Gaia Herbs' North Carolina farm

Todd Runestad, Content Director,, Sr. Supplements Editor

July 18, 2016

Some 20 years ago, Gaia Herbs founder and CEO Ric Scalzo moved the company from Massachusetts to western North Carolina's Transylvania County—one of the most biodiverse regions in the country. Here he explains how vertical integration helps the company meet its objective to control the supply chain from seed to shelf.

About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director,, Sr. Supplements Editor, Natural Products Insider

I've been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. I'm The content director for NaturalProductsInsidercom and digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for, Delicious Living and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still cover raw material innovations and ingredient science.

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My daily vitamin regime includes a morning smoothie with a range of powders including protein, collagen and spirulina; a quality multi, B complex, C with bioflavonoids, >2,000IU vitamin D, E, magnesium, high-selenium yeast, PQQ, choline, alpha-lipoic acid with carnitine, coQ10, fish oil concentrate, probiotics and some adaptogenic herbs. 

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