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By Karen Raterman
The long-awaited monograph includes a full suite of identity and quality tests, documents historical uses of the plant, and provides a guidance on harvest and cultivation practices. It also includes a full review of clinical and pre-clinical pharmacology and safety data. Read more >>

By Chris Kilham, Medicine Hunter
Reporting from the Chiang Rai province in Thailand, Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham introduces a promising adoptegenic herb known locally as jiaogulan. Consumed as a tea, its leaves provide saponins similar to those in ginseng. In this video, he visits a plantation where the herb is grown and provides an inside look at its cultivation. Read more >>

By Hannah Bauman and Mariam Alhado
Spinach is a powerhouse of nutrition, and its thick, green leaves contain high amounts of crucial vitamins and minerals. Some notable components of spinach include the carotenoids lutein and beta-carotene, which play a protective role against age-related vision damage. Current research on spinach examines the use of its phytochemicals against oxidative damage, cancer chemoprevention, and diabetes. Read more >>

By Karen Raterman
In mid-April, the Supplement Online Wellness Library (OWL), an industry-wide dietary supplement product registry, will become accessible to the public for the first time. Though it is considered primarily a tool for the dietary supplement industry, the Supplement OWL has begun to receive broad support from the natural products community. Read more >>

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Research Review:
Botanical Miracles: Chemistry of Plants that Changed the World

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Featured Book
Food as Medicine Everyday: Reclaim Your Health with Whole Foods was written by Julie Briley and Courtney Jackson and published by NUNM Press in 2017. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, foreword, preface, and Chapter 14, "Shopping Guide and Everyday Superfoods."

"Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food." The famous saying of the Greek physician Hippocrates remains as true today as it was in the mid-fourth century BCE. Food as Medicine Everyday is an accessible, illustrated guide that starts with the basics of nutrition and leads readers every step of the way to take charge of their own health. Emphasizing the connection between poor nutrition and chronic disease, authors Julie Briley, ND, and Courtney Jackson, ND, provide vital information regarding healthy habits, the latest research on nutrition, and how the basic building blocks of whole foods nourish the body.

In the foreword, Bob and Charlee Moore, founders of Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, wrote: "The overnight prevalence of obesity and its accompanying ill health seem to have come about rapidly and with great severity in affecting our Western society's health. The public's response to the ... nutrient rich, whole-grain diet is one of the key elements to combating the health issues we face today."

Food as Medicine Everyday can be purchased at the publisher's website. All material is used with permission from NUNM Press and may not be reproduced for any other purpose.
Media Watch

Peruse 1,000-Year-Old Medical Remedies, from Ox Bile to Mandrake Root. Hyperallergic. April 11, 2017. The British Library has recently digitized and made available to the public the approximately 1,000-year-old "Old English herbal."

How Has this Amazonian Tribe Never Suffered a Snake Bite Death? The Huffington Post. April 11, 2017. In an effort to preserve part of its traditional medicine knowledge, the Yawanawa tribe has released an illustrated guide to 21 medicinal plants used to treat snake bites.

Phase II Trial: Rice Bran Adds Microbiome Diversity, Slows Growth of Colon Cancer Cells. EurekAlert! April 4, 2017. Colorectal cancer survivors taking rice bran were found to have greater microbiome diversity and reduced tumor cell growth compared to those taking placebo.

Researchers Investigating Status of Goldenseal in Pennsylvania. April 3, 2017. Researchers from the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State are conducting an 18-month sustainability study of goldenseal in Pennsylvania.

Medicinal Plant Gardens Prescribed To Cure Kenya's Health Woes. Reuters. March 28, 2017. By establishing local medicinal plant gardens, Farmers With a Vision is helping provide Kenyans with additional sources of income and medicine.

Beetroot Juice May Boost Performance in Soccer Players: RCT. NutraIngredients. March 27, 2017. A recent study found that soccer players taking a nitrate-rich beetroot juice performed better on a high-intensity exercise task than those given a "nitrate-depleted" beetroot juice.

Daily Consumption of Tea May Protect Elderly from Cognitive DeclineNutraceuticals World. March 21, 2017. A longitudinal study of elderly Chinese participants found a correlation between regular tea consumption and a reduced risk of cognitive decline.

East Meets West to Create 'World's First' Catalogue of Genomic References for TCM Products. NutraIngredients-USA. March 17, 2017. The Institute of Medicinal Plant Development and genetic research firm Illumina have partnered to create what they refer to as the first catalog of DNA references for traditional Chinese medicinal plants.

Community And Industry Releases
Industry Pays Tribute to NOW Founder Elwood Richard. NutraIngredients-USA. April 11, 2017.

Kew Launches Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. March 30, 2017.

Comments Invited on Proposed Veterinary Botanical Medicine Specialty. American College of Veterinary Medicine. March 29, 2017.

AHPA Adopts Labeling Guidance for Fungi Products. American Herbal Products Association. March 16, 2017.

Ingredient Marketplace.
April 18-20, 2017. Orlando, Florida. Come visit ABC at booth H53!

World Congress on Antioxidants.
May 3-4, 2017. Beirut, Lebanon.

HerbDay at ABC.
May 6, 2017. Austin, Texas.

2017 American Council for Medicinally Active Plants Conference.
June 20-23, 2017. Clemson, South Carolina.

Simply Spicy.
July 8-9, 2017. Taos, New Mexico.

Phyt'arom Grasse.
October 6-7, 2017. Grasse, France.

More event listings can be found on ABC's website.

Herbal IQ

This iconic Central American plant packs a punch against risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Learn more about it here!