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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