BACOPA MONNIERA: Brain Health and Nervous System Restorer

The Bacopa monniera herb, also known as Brahmi, has been used as a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for mental issues, epilepsy, and asthma. In fact, its documented medicinal uses can be traced back to the 6th century A.D. A classic brain and nerve tonic, Bacopa is a medicinal herb that has been used effectively for several thousand years as a brain

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Adaptogenic Effects of Ginseng on Stress-related Disorders

Stress has adverse health effects. For example, chronic stress can lead to depression or anxiety. Ginseng (Panax ssp., Araliaceae) root is an adaptogen that is used “to cope with day-to-day and/or workplace stress.” The constituent ginsenosides of ginseng have been shown to have a wide range of biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties. The purpose of this narrative review

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Elevated Coffee Consumption Halves All-Cause Mortality Risk in Patients with HIV-HCV

Patients positive for both human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) have a greater risk of developing liver disease, and a more rapid progression of liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, and end-stage liver disease. Coffee (Coffea spp., Rubiaceae) berry contains polyphenols and caffeine, which may have hepatoprotective properties. Studies show that consumption of ≥ 3 cups/day of coffee is associated with

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September Herb of the Month; Annatto

Annatto, Bixa Orellana • An orange-red dye or colorant, flavoring for food and healing agent derived from the seeds of the achiote tree, an evergreen native to tropic and subtropic zones of the Americas • Spiny red fruits contain the seeds and the reddish pericarp that surround the seed contains the annatto or color • Foods colored with the annatto

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ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Maca Root and Root Extract Bulletin

Bulletin emphasizes the issue of undeclared addition of flour from corn, wheat, or yam to maca root products AUSTIN, Texas (September 17, 2018) — The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has released a Botanical Adulterants Prevention Bulletin on maca (Lepidium meyenii, syn. L. peruvianum, Brassicaceae) root* and root extract. Maca roots have been cultivated in the Peruvian Andes for thousands

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What is an MSDS? {Material Safety Data Sheet}

An MSDS sheet is created by the manufacturer or supplier of a material or chemical product to educate customers about its proper usage. A Material Safety Data Sheet provides summarized information about a material or chemical product’s properties, how to use it carefully, possible hazards, the protocol in case of emergency, and all the probable uses for the material. DIFFERENT

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Retail Sales of Herbal Supplements in US Increase by 8.5% in 2017, Topping $8 Billion

AUSTIN, Texas (September 11, 2018) — Total consumer spending on herbal dietary supplements in the United States reached an estimated $8.085 billion in 2017, according to the recently published HerbalGram Herb Market Report for 2017. The report, which appears in issue 119 of the American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) quarterly, peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram, notes that this is the first time total US retail sales of herbal

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