By Stefan Gafner, PhD
In late September, NBTY, Inc., the largest dietary supplement manufacturer in the US, signed an agreement with the Office of the New York Attorney General (NY AG) to conduct DNA barcoding analyses of all botanical ingredients used in the company’s dietary supplements, prior to extraction. As part of the agreement, which ended the NY AG’s investigation into the company, NBTY will also invest in research on DNA-based authentication methods. Read more >>
By Hannah Bauman
At the 27th Annual Symposium for the American Herbalists Guild, the theme “Connecting to Our Roots” resonated through the informative and entertaining class sessions, the keynote speech by ethnobotanist Phyllis Hogan, and the herb walks that revealed the beauty and diversity of the northern Appalachian mountains. Read more >>
By Hannah Bauman and Taraneh Woo
The second-most popular spice in the world, cumin appears in cultural staples around the world. Its widespread culinary appeal aside, cumin seeds found acceptance in traditional medicine systems from Greece to India and beyond. In modern times, researchers are providing science-based evidence to confirm many of cumin’s traditional medical uses while discovering new possible uses for the volatile essential oil contained in the seeds. Read more >>
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EcoSo Dynamics Adopts Devil’s Claw through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program. October 12, 2016.
Applied Food Sciences Supports Adopt-an-Herb Program through Kava Adoption. September 30, 2016.
This text from neurologist Sidney Kurn, MD, and professor Sheryl Shook, PhD, guides readers through herbal and holistic medicine for brain health and neurologic disorders, providing detailed strategies for six conditions: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, and seizures.
For each condition, the authors examine the biochemical role of each recommended herb, nutrient, or antioxidant and discuss potential side effects, contra-indications, and suggested dosages. They also discuss nutrient deficiencies and physiological mechanisms that can cause oxidative injuries and initiate neurologic disorders. Integrating neuroscience, biochemistry, herbalism, and decades of clinical experience, the authors lay the scientific foundation for a holistic approach to neurologic disorders and a way to enhance the quality of life for those suffering from these conditions.
Herbs and Nutrients for Neurologic Disorders can be purchased at the publisher’s website. This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Healing Arts Press and may not be reproduced for any other use without permission.
Wide Net Cast by Paper Clouds Issue of Liver Injury Risk Posed by Supplements, Critics Say. NutraIngredients-USA. October 3, 2016. A recent research paper that says the rate of liver injury attributed to dietary supplements is rising was called “disappointing” by experts familiar with dietary supplement risk evaluation.
RCT Supports Fenugreek Extract’s Menopausal Benefits. NutraIngredients-USA. September 1, 2016. A standardized extract of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) may reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women and improve their quality of life, says a new study.
Botanicals: Research Round-Up. NutraIngredients. September 28, 2016. The NutraIngredients staff has compiled recent research findings on several popular botanicals, including echinacea, fennel, and ginger.
Hallucinogen Therapy Is Coming. Nautilus. September 22, 2016. Small trials allow researchers to use hallucinogenic compounds like psilocybin in monitored therapy sessions for a variety of conditions, including depression and addiction.
FDA Extends NDI Comment Period to December 12. NutraIngredients-USA. October 4, 2016. The Food and Drug Administration has extended the comment period on the updated draft version of the New Dietary Ingredients guidance. The new deadline for comments is December 12, 2016.
Toyota Supports Kew’s Vital Research Into Threatened Plant Species. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. October 7, 2016.
Industry Leaders Collaborate to Develop the Supplement OWL — New Product Registry a Hallmark of Industry Maturation. Council for Responsible Nutrition. October 3, 2016.
NPA Developing Massive Safe Harbor Dietary Ingredient Database for Industry Members in Response to NDI Draft Guidance. Natural Products Association. September 21, 2016.
HHS and NIH Announce New Initiatives to Enhance Availability of Clinical Trial Information. National Institutes of Health Office of Science Policy. September 20, 2016.
AHPA Expresses Concern about DEA Using Emergency Scheduling Authority to Temporarily Classify Herb as Schedule I Substance. American Herbal Products Association. September 30, 2016.
Save the Date: The Future of Ginseng and Forest Botanicals. United Plant Savers. September 20, 2016.
IUCN Congress Boosts Support for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. International Union for Conservation of Nature. September 10, 2016.
Illegal Trade Accelerates Wild Plant Extinctions, More Transparency Needed. UN Conference on Trade and Development. October 1, 2016.
November 12, 2016. San Diego, California.
Weeds, Woodslore, and Wildwoods Wisdom with Doug Elliot.
November 13, 2016. Austin, TX.
Natural & Nutraceutical Products China Guangzhou 2016.
December 12-14, 2016. Guangzhou, China.
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January 27-29, 2017. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Integrative Healthcare Symposium.
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