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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 8 2018
Last updated September 8, 2018

Informed Dietary Supplement Shopper (Canceled)

Reliable and seller-independent information on the human effects of dietary supplement? How much should l take? Are they safe?

Informed Dietary Supplement Shopper (Canceled)

Reliable and seller-independent information on the human effects of dietary supplement? How much should l take? Are they safe?

pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 8 2018
Last updated September 8, 2018

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Safe and effective Dietary Supplement Shopping

We would like to answer for a few questions:

Who are we?  

Envision Biotechnology is an enthusiastic team of scientists, developers and economists with the vision of making dietary supplement usage easier, safer and more effective. The Founder Timea Polgar PhD, with a background in drug discovery always wanted to link the gap between scientific drug design and traditional medicine. Atanas Atanasov, PD, PhD is the Founder of the International Natural Product Sciences Taskforce (INPST), an innovative union bringing together a high number (> 700) of scientists. Aniko Nagy PhD, is a dietitian making sure the right quality data gets into the system. On the business side Peter Horvath and Nora Lapusnyik, are devoted to foster a sustainable economic model so the high quality information and the user friendly platform can get to the maximum number of users while the infrastructure is reliable and provides the best user experience. Our previous work include the development of a scientific discovery platform that helps researchers to explore the fantastic opportunities natural products offer for the scientific world. Now we would like to make the existing scientific knowledge we have on herbs and other natural products available for anyone who would like to see scientifically proven results on dietary supplements.  Our scientific expertise is evident from the hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific publications authored by us.

What are we planning to make?  

Our Platform will guide you to find the right product for your health issues and provide you fast access to currently existing scientific information on special dosage instructions, preparation options, side effects, interactions with other products and result of clinical studies. As it will be available as an intuitive app from any mobile device, in future also providing QR code , it can fast provide the required information.  

Where did this project come from?  

When we started to process scientific data for drug discovery we discovered this information along with the ethnobotanical use of traditional medicine can be a great value for all the consumers who would like to choose natural products but feel lost in plenty times hard to digest or unreliable, anecdotal information. Plenty conditions make current consumption of natural products challenging. It is hard to find the right product for a certain therapeutic area/ too many products, unclear effects, too many confusing anecdotal information; There is no clear information on appropriate dosage and preparation; No information on adverse effects and interactions with other products; Generally no information on clinical studies related to active ingredients proving hypothetical effect.  

What’s our plan, and what’s your schedule?  

Lay out a clear, specific timeline for what backers can expect.  

What’s our budget?  

A simple breakdown lets people know you’ve thought things through and have a workable plan, so they can trust you to use funds wisely.  

Why do we care?  

We have a strong conviction that using natural products should be as simple and safe as taking other modern medicine. In many places of the world still today using herbs and other natural products is the only option. Our mission is to provide a continuously updated authentic source of information that can be used anywhere anytime.  

And if you are interested in more details:

Dietary Supplements

Food substances (a food,a food component, or dietary supplement /ingredient), like RX drugs, may impose health risks and may cause side effects upon ingestion. Currently product manufacturers aren’t required to undertake research studies on people to prove that a dietary supplement is safe and effective. Unlike RX drugs, dietary supplements are mostly self-prescribed with no input from informed medical Providers such as doctors, nurses, or pharmacists.  

Consumers have access to massive amount of information on the web which may be confusing, inaccurate or not based on scientific research for safety and efficacy only. Even for the well informed, finding reliable information about the safe use and potential risks of dietary supplements is very challenging.  

Exposures to supplements (such as vitamins, herbs, protein powders, and botanicals) accounted for more than 100,000 calls to US poison control centers in 2013, and more than 8,000 people were reportedly treated in health care facilities. More than 1000 cases were reported to poison control centers as having moderate to severe outcomes. This did not include electrolyte and mineral supplements, which accounted for another 2,500 people treated in health facilities, with 350 moderate to severe reactions and 2 deaths reported to poison control centers. 


Health Benefits of Dietary Supplements  

There are several successful use cases that proves the importance of dietary supplements in therapy and in prevention.

One example:
In the context of increasing popularity of “natural” alternatives to conventional medicine, several dietary supplements have gained the attention of researchers and consumers alike in the treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD). Readily available without a prescription and frequently perceived to have fewer side effects than traditional medications, these “natural” remedies may be featured in discussions with patients, and clinicians should therefore be familiar with their efficacy and safety.


Misuse of these products can also cause serious health events. For example, the consumption of aristolochic acid, found primarily in a Chinese herb called Aristolochia fangchi, can lead to serious kidney failure. Kava, another example, is used as an anxiolytic and a mild tranquilizer in dosing ranging from 60 to 120 mg of kava pyrones daily. Some users may consume as much as triple the recommended amount for extended periods of time without concern for the potential dangerous and negative effects, which may include malnutrition, liver and renal dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension. Herbal constituents (Entandrophragma utile and Anacardium occidentalis) were investigated and Auerbach et al. (2012) reported an association between traditional herbal medicine use and the development of liver fibrosis among study participants in Uganda.

Most people who suffer unexpected side effects, illnesses, or drug interactions from dietary supplements are unsure about what to do or fail to call a poison control center or the supplement manufacturer. This means that the number of affected consumers are very likely to be higher than reported. When used properly, certain dietary supplements may support better health, reduce the risk of some conditions, or simply make one feel better (i.e. improve the quality of life). Most people may use dietary supplements safely within recommended dosage guidelines, but taking dietary supplements can pose risk, especially for people, for example, who are undergoing cancer treatment. The increasing use of these products calls for more thorough investigation, including the understanding of their mode of action, safety and efficacy, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. There is an unmet need for evidence-based, scientific knowledge on the efficacy, safety and indications of these marketed, non-standardized, complex products.

Solution: GAIA application

GAIA interactive application
GAIA interactive application

 The application categorizes the dietary ingredients based on scientific information:

  • human clinical study details
  • drug-supplement interactions
  • safety
GAIA informs about:
  • recommended dosage
  • preparations, how to prepare a herbal tea

Risks and challenges

Risk 1:
The information we provide is not complete and not up to date.
We utilize text mining and other computational methods to extract knowledge.
We also seek key partnerships to merge already existing datasets with ours.

Risk 2:
Information is not detailed enough for professionals or too complex for consumers.
We provide reference information sources for professionals.
We would like to implement easy to understand category system that classifies products on possible outcomes.

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