Antioxidant and Anti-diabetic Effects of Baobab from Mali

The baobab tree (Adansonia digitata, Malvaceae) grows in semi-arid regions of Africa. The tree is a source of food, water, medicine, fiber, and building materials for indigenous people. Baobab fruit dries while it is still on the tree, and the dried fruit pulp is used to prepare a variety of foods. The fruit and leaves … Continue reading Antioxidant and Anti-diabetic Effects of Baobab from Mali

Herb and Enzyme Formula Prevents Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in a Clinical Study

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is among the most common community-acquired infections, and it has a very high rate of recurrence. Of women diagnosed with UTI, 35% to 53% have a recurrence within 12 months. The standard treatment for UTI is a course of antibiotics; however, there is not a standard prophylactic treatment for recurrent UTI. … Continue reading Herb and Enzyme Formula Prevents Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in a Clinical Study

A Review of the Medicinal Uses and Phytochemistry of Hibiscus Calyces

Traditionally, all parts of the hibiscus (Roselle; Hibiscus sabdariffa, Malvaceae) plant are used for medicine and food. The young leaves and stems are eaten raw. The seeds are boiled and eaten in soup. The calyces are frozen or sun-dried and eaten. The calyces/flowers are used worldwide in drinks, jams, jelly, sauces, and as a natural food … Continue reading A Review of the Medicinal Uses and Phytochemistry of Hibiscus Calyces

Geographical Variation in Nutritional Content of Baobab

The baobab (Adansonia digitata, Malvaceae) tree is indigenous to sub-Saharan Africa and is an important source of food and economic generation. Leaves, fruit, and seeds are eaten, and timber, fodder, and fibers from the tree are marketed. With roles in traditional medicine, culture, and religions, it is widely considered a sacred tree and often allowed … Continue reading Geographical Variation in Nutritional Content of Baobab

Effects of Almonds and Almonds with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa on Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Heart disease claimed approximately 610,000 lives in 2015 and remains the leading cause of death in the United States. In 2010, suboptimal diet quality resulted in 678,000 deaths, some of which was attributed to low nut consumption. Previous research has found an inverse relationship between nut consumption and risk of coronary heart disease and all-cause … Continue reading Effects of Almonds and Almonds with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa on Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Meta-analysis Supports Efficacy of Hibiscus for Hypertension

Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa, Malvaceae) is consumed in foods, beverages, wine, jam, ice cream, and as a flavoring agent. Its reputed medicinal uses include cardioprotective, anti-atherosclerotic, anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and hepatoprotective effects. Bioactive constituents include organic acids, anthocyanins, a variety of flavonoids, polysaccharides, and volatile compounds. Flowers and calyxes of hibiscus are consumed in beverages to … Continue reading Meta-analysis Supports Efficacy of Hibiscus for Hypertension

Hibiscus Water Extract Demonstrates Significant Antioxidant Effects in Patients with Marfan Syndrome

Marfan syndrome (MFS) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder manifesting in persistent oxidative stress and malfunction of connective tissue in the cardiovascular and skeletal systems. Previous studies of hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa, Malvaceae) calyx drinks showed improvements in circulating antioxidant levels in healthy humans. Anthocyanins and organic acids like ascorbic acid are water-soluble antioxidants that are … Continue reading Hibiscus Water Extract Demonstrates Significant Antioxidant Effects in Patients with Marfan Syndrome

Food as Medicine: Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus, Malvaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is a naturalized tropical and subtropical annual grown extensively in Asia and Africa. Growing up to 6 feet in height, okra plants have sturdy stems, long, broad, serrated, deeply-lobed leaves, and delicate yellow flowers marked with red or purple color toward the base.1,2 The edible … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus, Malvaceae)