Monthly Archives: February 2020

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

by Josef Brinckmann HerbalGram. 2019; American Botanical Council This opinion piece is based partly on direct observations from fieldwork over the decades with communities in rural and remote areas who depend on wild collection and farming of medicinal plants for some or all of their household income. Flowering, fruiting, harvesting periods, and yields of many of these plants have become erratic.1 My opinions also

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Plants in Peril: Climate Crisis Threatens Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

HerbalGram issue 81, published in 2009, featured an extensive article by then-Managing Editor Courtney Cavaliere about the effects of climate change on medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs).1 In the decade since then, the situation has intensified, and new insights have emerged. In the face of climate change, plants, including MAPs, may move, adapt, or go extinct. Indeed, large-scale changes in plant distributions,

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Investing in Forests & Communities: A Pathway to a Sustainable Supply of Forest Herbs in the Eastern United States

Forest botanicals are a subset of medicinal herbs that require special considerations in regard to sustainability, based on their unique growth patterns, supply chains, and trade history, and the complex and sensitive ecosystems in which they grow. This article introduces sustainability concepts and definitions in the context of the herbal products industry, and forest herbs in particular, and discusses the

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Consumption of Mixed Berries Containing Anthocyanins May Improve Post-prandial Insulin Response in Overweight and Pre-diabetic Adults

Diabetes mellitus has become a significant public health concern in the modern era. It is considered to be a lifestyle disease that can be moderated by dietary and lifestyle changes. Studies have shown long-term and acute consumption of berries, high in polyphenols and fiber, may have positive effects on glucose metabolism and glucose-regulation. The objective of this randomized cross-over study

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