Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Cranberry Laboratory Guidance Document

New publication evaluates analytical methods to authenticate cranberry fruit materials and detect adulteration with anthocyanin- or proanthocyanidin-rich extracts from other plant species AUSTIN, Texas (November 15, 2018) — The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) announces the publication of a new Laboratory Guidance Document (LGD) on cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon). Cranberry-derived dietary supplements and beverages are widely used for the prevention

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Food as Medicine: Date (Phoenix dactylifera, Arecaceae)

The date palm (Phoenix dactylifera, Arecaceae) has been cultivated for more than 5,000 years.1 Because of this long history of use and cultivation, the exact origin of the date palm is difficult to pinpoint. Dates have been harvested for centuries in northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and have played a large role in the economies of countries where the plant

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Efficacy of a Mixture of Beeswax, Olive Oil, and Alkanet for Burn Injuries

Severe burns have high rates of morbidity and mortality and require long-term hospitalization. Such burns cause intense pain and can lead to significant changes in physical appearance. In folk medicine, Beeswax (Cera Alba), olive (Olea europaea, Oleaceae) fruit oil, and alkanet (Alkanna tinctoria, ‎Boraginaceae) root are used to treat burns. Beeswax and olive oil have reported antioxidant and antibacterial activity, while

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Ginseng Aggregate Data Analyses Show Evidence of Modest yet Significant Benefit for Improving Fasting Blood Glucose

Diabetes is a global epidemic, and ginseng (Panax spp., Araliaceae) is a popular complementary and alternative medicine that has shown promise in type 2 diabetes. However, systematic reviews of ginseng’s effects on blood glucose parameters have not been conclusive. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the effect of ginseng on glycemic control in people with and

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Let’s Create Some Herbal Remedies – When Cold and Flu Season Arrives.

Originally posted on Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs:
These two recipes are prepared as teas but are not taken in your tea cup – they help with the discomfort of flu season in other ways. Winter Inhalation This traditional herbal steam helps open your sinuses, discourages bacterial and viral growth, and reduces pain and inflammation. Remember to stay a comfortable…

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Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Compounds of Mexican Propolis

Propolis is made by bees from a combination of plant resins, wax, and saliva. It is used in the hive as a building material, disinfectant, and embalming agent. Propolis has many reported health benefits for humans, due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anticancer properties. Multiple factors impact the composition of propolis, including location, the season of harvest, local flora, and

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Antidiabetic Phytochemicals from Bushy Bulbine

Bushy bulbine (Bulbine abyssinica, Asphodelaceae) is a succulent perennial herb that grows in several regions of southeast Africa. It is used in traditional medicine to treat rheumatism, infections, dysentery, and other conditions. In South Africa, a whole-plant decoction is used in the management of diabetes. Bushy bulbine extracts are rich in polyphenols with demonstrated antioxidant activity and potential hypoglycemic and

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