Monthly Archives: September 2017

Essential Oil Adulteration Information Posted by Botanical Adulterants Program

AUSTIN, Texas (September 13, 2017) — A book chapter on “The Adulteration of Essential Oils,” from the award-winning 2016 book Handbook of Essential Oils, 2nd edition (Taylor & Francis), is now available in the new “Essential Oil Adulteration” section of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program (BAP) website. Essential oils (EOs) are volatile materials produced by specialized secretory structures in many medicinal and

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Iron Deficiency: How to Improve Low Iron Levels

Iron deficiency knows no borders-it’s common throughout the world and in all economic classes. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 30% of the world’s population has an iron status that is considered below normal. This may seem like a wildly inflated or inaccurate figure, but healthy adults only store about 3-4 grams of iron in their bodies. This

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15 Iron-Rich Foods for Healthy Energy Levels

Biologically speaking, iron is a trace mineral and an essential nutrient that your body requires to function properly. It helps with immune function, detoxification, and the creation of several proteins and enzymes. One of these proteins is hemoglobin, a complex protein used by red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. Iron deficiency anemia is a condition that occurs when your blood

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Heme Iron Vs. Nonheme Iron: What’s the Difference?

Not all iron is created equal, and if you have an iron imbalance, you should carefully consider which iron is best for your health. Your body recognizes the difference between heme and nonheme iron sources and will absorb each type differently. These types are easy to identify in your daily diet. Heme iron comes from animals, and nonheme iron comes

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Iron Toxicity: What You Need to Know About Iron Overdose

We need iron to live. Without it, our red blood cells wouldn’t be able to carry oxygen through our blood. Iron plays essential roles in energy metabolism, hormone synthesis, growth, development, brain function, immune activity, and cellular function. However, you only need trace amounts of this important nutrient to maintain proper iron balance. Excess iron intake can quickly become dangerous. Iron toxicity is

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Omega-3 May Keep Gut Microbiota Diverse and Healthy

A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports finds that people who eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids have more bacterial diversity in the gut, which promotes better overall health. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, which means that although we need them to stay healthy, the human body cannot produce them on its own – so we have to

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Food as Medicine: Mango (Mangifera indica, Anacardiaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Mangifera indica (Anacardiaceae) is a tropical tree that grows from 33 feet to 131 feet in height and produces large, oval-shaped fruits that are red and gold when ripe, though some cultivars are green or yellow.1 The smooth-edged leaves of the mango tree are reddish when young, becoming dark green and shiny as they mature.

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