Monthly Archives: December 2017

HPLC-ESI-MS/MS Method Simultaneously Quantifies Eight Mogrosides of Monk Fruit

Monk fruit (MF) (luo han guo; Siraitia grosvenorii, Cucurbitaceae) has been used for thousands of years as both a natural sweetener and traditional medicine. Recent interest in MF as a natural sweetener and its generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status has resulted in new MF sweeteners in the US market. The active ingredients in MF that act as natural sweeteners are

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Meta-analysis Supports Efficacy of Hibiscus for Hypertension

Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa, Malvaceae) is consumed in foods, beverages, wine, jam, ice cream, and as a flavoring agent. Its reputed medicinal uses include cardioprotective, anti-atherosclerotic, anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and hepatoprotective effects. Bioactive constituents include organic acids, anthocyanins, a variety of flavonoids, polysaccharides, and volatile compounds. Flowers and calyxes of hibiscus are consumed in beverages to treat arterial hypertension. Evidence from

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