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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 • Foods colored with the annatto

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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 the Peruvian Andes for thousands

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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 uses for the material. DIFFERENT

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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 US retail sales of herbal

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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 and undersides of leaves are covered

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Boswellia, Ginger, and Yarrow Combination Reduces Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by abdominal pain and alterations in bowel movements. Patients with IBS have a higher rate of depression and anxiety and have a decreased quality of life (QOL). Boswellia (Boswellia carteri, Burseraceae) gum resin has anti-inflammatory properties and antidepressant effects. Ginger (Zingiber officinale, Zingiberaceae) rhizome has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant effects. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium, Asteraceae) aerial part has anxiolytic effects and

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Green Cardamom Supplementation Reduces Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in Women with Prediabetes

Individuals diagnosed with prediabetes have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but below the levels indicating type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Development of prediabetes can be influenced by age, race, lifestyle, and being overweight or obesity. These conditions can also cause or are coupled with increased insulin, glucose, free fatty acids, inflammation, and increased oxidative stress and endothelial

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