The Potential Health Benefits of Purple Corn

Purple corn is fast approaching classification as a functional food—an integral component of the diet that provides energy and essential nutrients. Researchers in the fields of food and nutrition are intensely searching for functional foods in almost every corner of the world and from a diversity of plants. Examples include purple corn (Zea mays L., Poaceae), … Continue reading The Potential Health Benefits of Purple Corn

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Advances in Echinacea Biotechnology and Future Prospects

Echinacea (Asteraceae) plant products are among the most popular herbal supplements. Of the nine species assigned to the genus, E. angustifolia, E. pallida, and E. purpurea are the species most commonly used in commercial products. The content of bioactive constituents varies qualitatively and quantitively among Echinacea populations, chemoraces, cultivars, and species; the content also varies seasonally, with plant age, and among the … Continue reading Advances in Echinacea Biotechnology and Future Prospects

Valerian Root Benefits: How to Use Nature’s Wonder Root

When Hippocrates had a headache, it's possible he enjoyed a nice steaming cup of valerian root tea. The ancient Greek physician was one of the first to describe the therapeutic benefits of valerian root. Since the early days in Greece and Rome, people sought the benefits of valerian for everything from head discomfort to heart … Continue reading Valerian Root Benefits: How to Use Nature’s Wonder Root

Astragalus; Adaptogen Herb for Stress and Balance

What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are herbs that help us adapt to changes and stress caused by physical, biological, emotional, and environmental factors. They can assist in restoring balance within the body and help us defend against both chronic and acute stressors. One of my favorite adaptogens is astragalus. Astragalus (Astragalus Membranaceus) Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb often used in … Continue reading Astragalus; Adaptogen Herb for Stress and Balance

Chicory Root

Chicory is the Herb of the Month…

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You may know the chicory root as a popular coffee substitute. In fact, it was widely used during the Great Depression and World War II when coffee was in short supply or too expensive. Today, it is used around the world and in the US, particularly in New Orleans, as a natural caffeine-free substitute for coffee. However, it’s much more than a rich drink.

Chicory has a long history as a cleansing medicinal herb. In fact, the ancient Egyptians were known to consume large amounts of chicory to purify the liver and blood. Romans were also known to have used the root to help with blood purification. Medieval monks cultivated the plant, and it is widely used in Europe and the Mediterranean where it natively grows.

Called kasni in the Far East, chicory contains tannin phlobaphenes and several forms of sugar. The seeds have carminative and are useful as a…

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Aqueous Extract of Amla Improves Endothelial Function, Oxidative Stress, Inflammation Markers, and Lipid Levels in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome

The components of metabolic syndrome (MetS) include abdominal obesity, insulin resistance with or without glucose intolerance, dyslipidemia, and hypertension. Conditions promoting thrombosis and inflammation are also associated with MetS. These metabolic abnormalities can lead to endothelial dysfunction (ED), a predictor of cardiovascular disease, by affecting nitric oxide (NO) synthesis or degradation. Amla (Indian gooseberry; Phyllanthus emblica syn. Emblica … Continue reading Aqueous Extract of Amla Improves Endothelial Function, Oxidative Stress, Inflammation Markers, and Lipid Levels in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Saw Palmetto Berry Extract Laboratory Guidance Document

The new publication reviews 34 analytical methods to authenticate saw palmetto berries and their extracts and detect adulteration with vegetable oils and fatty acids from animals. AUSTIN, Texas (September 11, 2019) — The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) announces the publication of a new Laboratory Guidance Document (LGD) on Saw Palmetto Extract.1 Saw palmetto (Serenoa … Continue reading Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Saw Palmetto Berry Extract Laboratory Guidance Document

Ancient Medicine for Modern Women: A Q&A with Herbal Physicians

by Aviva Romm, MD, Tieraona Low Dog, MD Women’s history is woven together with plants and the healing arts, particularly botanical medicine and midwifery. In virtually every culture, women maintained knowledge of herbal healing for the prevention and treatment of common maladies that afflicted their communities, including, notably, treatments for women’s concerns. Because transmission of herbal knowledge historically was suppressed … Continue reading Ancient Medicine for Modern Women: A Q&A with Herbal Physicians

A Modern State-Federal Framework for a Regulated US Cannabis Industry

Based on the regulatory situation for cannabis (Cannabis spp., Cannabaceae) in the United States, the premise of this proposed federal framework is to create a regulatory model specific to a plant-based end product that can be used for both social and therapeutic purposes. Cannabis products currently are being regulated at the state level, with the exception … Continue reading A Modern State-Federal Framework for a Regulated US Cannabis Industry

6 Retailer Tips for Stocking High-Quality Hemp CBD Brands

Here are several key ways you can take action to help relieve consumer confusion and promote responsible hemp CBD consumption. CBD. Those three little letters are exploding in the supplement space, and if you think it’s just the next fad, think again. With a changing legal landscape for hemp products, we should expect to see … Continue reading 6 Retailer Tips for Stocking High-Quality Hemp CBD Brands