Linden Sends Soft Sleep

Originally posted on The Herb Society of America Blog:
By Beth Schreibman-Gehring, Chairman of Education for The Western Reserve Herb Society unit of The Herb Society of America Meet one of my favorite wellness remedies — the flowers and leaves of the lovely linden tree. You may know it by its other names, lime tree or American basswood. It’s an easily…

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Effect of a Natural Turmeric Matrix Formulation on the Absorption and Bioavailability of Curcumin

Curcuminoids are the major bioactive molecules in turmeric (Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae). They are amphiphilic compounds that are more soluble in organic solvents than aqueous solutions, and their low water solubility translates to poor gastrointestinal absorption. Moreover, the high rate of metabolism and metabolic inactivation and the rapid elimination of curcuminoids results in low serum curcuminoid levels and poor distribution of

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Geographical Variation in Nutritional Content of Baobab

The baobab (Adansonia digitata, Malvaceae) tree is indigenous to sub-Saharan Africa and is an important source of food and economic generation. Leaves, fruit, and seeds are eaten, and timber, fodder, and fibers from the tree are marketed. With roles in traditional medicine, culture, and religions, it is widely considered a sacred tree and often allowed to thrive in agricultural lands.

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Authentication of Eleuthero and Rhodiola Supplements in the United Kingdom

Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng, Eleutherococcus senticosus, Araliaceae) and Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea, Crassulaceae) roots are popular herbal supplements that are used to improve overall health resilience to conditions such as stress and exhaustion. The purpose of this study was to authenticate eleuthero and Rhodiola herbal supplements utilizing DNA barcoding techniques and determine whether there is evidence for adulteration. The authors obtained a total

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Crocin Consumption Has No Significant Effect on Metabolic Syndrome Components

The components of metabolic syndrome include high levels of serum glucose and triglycerides (TGs), low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), high blood pressure (BP), and abdominal obesity. Metabolic syndrome increases the risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The stigma of saffron (Crocus sativus, Iridaceae) has been used medicinally for its antidepressant, sedative, antispasmodic, respiratory, decongestant, and expectorant properties. Its main active metabolites

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Useful Links and Resources

For more information and updates on the work of the three partner organizations of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program, please visit ABC at www.herbalgram.org, AHP at www.herbal-ahp.org, and NCNPR at www.pharmacy.olemiss.edu/ncnpr/. Other Helpful Resources and Links:  AHPA’s Botanical Identity References Compendium: http://www.botanicalauthentication.org/index.php/Main_Page AHPA’s Keep Supplements Clean Website: http://www.keepsupplementsclean.org/intl_enforcement.html Botanical Nomenclature Resource – Royal Gardens-Kew: http://mpns.kew.org/mpns-portal/ Chinese Medicinal Plants Authentication Centre: http://www.kew.org/science/ecbot/ecbot-cmpac.html European Commission’s Rapid Alert

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Botanical Adulterants Monitor: Turmeric Root/Rhizome

The turmeric root/rhizome and root/rhizome extract Botanical Adulteration Bulletin (BAB), issued in May 2018, is the 14th in the series of bulletins published by the Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP). Turmeric is one of the most important spices, and also among the most popular dietary supplement ingredients globally. The increased demand for turmeric extracts and the improvement of laboratory analytical

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