Ginkgo Extract Improves Blood Glucose Levels, HbA1c, and Other Biomarkers in Patients Taking Metformin for Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disorder characterized by chronic elevations in blood glucose, abnormal carbohydrate metabolism, and other metabolic abnormalities resulting from insulin resistance, as is the case in early stages of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), or inadequate insulin levels. Many pharmaceutical drugs lower blood glucose, but they may have significant side effects … Continue reading Ginkgo Extract Improves Blood Glucose Levels, HbA1c, and Other Biomarkers in Patients Taking Metformin for Type 2 Diabetes

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Breeding Cannabis Chemovars for Patients Requiring Distinct Chemical Profiles for Optimum Efficacy

Proper exposition requires definition, certainly the case in the longstanding debate over cannabis (Cannabis sativa, Cannabaceae) speciation. Authors briefly introduce the ongoing dispute between followers of Fuchs (1542 CE) and Linnaeus (1753) and those of Lamarck (1783) and Schultes (1974). Lamarck described the putative "C. indica" and has been followed by proposed “compromise” naming like … Continue reading Breeding Cannabis Chemovars for Patients Requiring Distinct Chemical Profiles for Optimum Efficacy

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 … Continue reading BACOPA MONNIERA: Brain Health and Nervous System Restorer

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 … Continue reading Adaptogenic Effects of Ginseng on Stress-related Disorders

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

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 • … Continue reading September Herb of the Month; Annatto

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

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 … Continue reading What is an MSDS? {Material Safety Data Sheet}

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

Food as Medicine: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica, Urticaceae)

Urtica dioica (Urticaceae) is commonly known as nettle, common nettle, or stinging nettle. The species is an herbaceous perennial with a spreading growth habit. Growing 4-6 feet tall, stinging nettle produces numerous erect and wiry stems that hold up its opposite, roughly textured, serrated leaves.1-4 It produces small, inconspicuous greenish-brownish flowers that emerge as axillary inflorescences.2 The stems … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica, Urticaceae)