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SFI Adopts Bacopa through ABC's Adopt-an-Herb Program


Natural medicine company Soho Flordis International (SFI) has adopted the traditional Ayurvedic herb bacopa through the American Botanica

Also known as brahmi and water hyssop, bacopa (Bacopa monnieri, Plantaginaceae) is a creeping perennial medicinal plant native to India with a long history of use in the Ayurvedic traditional medicine system. It is known primarily for its cognitive-enhancing and mild sedative effects. Bacopa contains bacosides, which possess antioxidant activities, and saponins. Conditions that may benefit from bacopa supplementation include anxiety, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

With its adoption of bacopa, SFI’s commitment has helped ABC maintain its information-rich HerbMedPro database, keeping it up-to-date with the latest scientific and clinical research on this traditional herb on which a growing body of modern scientific and clinical research documents potential health benefits.

Australia-based SFI was established in 2010 as a collaboration between Flordis Pty Ltd and SOHO Group. As a result of this collaboration, SFI is now a global natural medicine company committed to identifying and developing natural medicines with high levels of evidence of quality, safety, and effectiveness, and marketing them around the world. SFI’s dedication to furthering product development and clinical evidence of the quality of its products is demonstrated by its rigorous clinical testing of its own brands, which include Flordis, Ginsana (patented in 1960 as the world’s first standardized botanical extract), ProThera, Klaire Labs, and Complementary Prescriptions. In March 2015, ABC awarded SFI with its Varro E. Tyler Award for Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research in recognition of these achievements.

Available on ABC’s website, the comprehensive HerbMedPro database provides online access to abstracts of scientific and clinical publications on nearly 250 commonly used medicinal herbs. Each adopted herb is continuously researched for new articles and studies, ensuring that its HerbMedPro record stays current and robust. The result is an unparalleled resource — not only for researchers, health professionals, industry, and consumers, but for all members of the herbal and dietary supplements community, and others. In keeping with ABC’s position as an independent nonprofit organization, herb adopters do not influence the scientific information that is compiled for their respective adopted herbs.

“ABC deeply appreciates SFI’s excellent support of ABC’s unique nonprofit educational mission with this adoption of bacopa,” said Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of ABC. As a research-based herbal products company, SFI understands the important role that human clinical research plays in the responsible development of herbal medicinal products.”

SFI is among the 35 companies that have supported ABC’s ongoing educational efforts, through the Adopt-an-Herb Program, to collect, organize, and disseminate reliable, traditional, science-based, and clinical information on herbs, medicinal plants, and other botanical- and fungal-based ingredients. To date, 40 herbs have been adopted.

HerbMedPro is available to ABC members at the Academic level and higher; its companion site HerbMed is free and available to the public. Making this unique resource free to the public increases the number of people who benefit from updated information on herbs, in accordance with ABC’s nonprofit educational mission.

—ABC Staff