Monthly Archives: September 2019

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), green tea (Camellia sinensis [L.] Kuntze,

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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 plant parts. Echinacea producers face numerous challenges,

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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 health, nervousness, feminine issues, and

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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 Chinese medicine. It is calming to

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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 officinalis, Phyllanthaceae) fruits, which are

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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 repens) extracts have been shown

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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 and marginalized, information on the

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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 of the US Food and

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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 CBD and the hemp plant’s

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