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By Alexis Collins, MS, and Stefan Gafner, PhD
An article published in The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry was widely stated to “debunk” the utility of curcumin as a supplement and, by extension, turmeric. However, this is a misleading interpretation of the data presented, which examined the suitability of curcumin as a potential conventional drug lead. HerbClip contributor Alexis Collins and ABC Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner have reviewed the article itself and report on its more nuanced findings. Read more >>

By Stefan Gafner, PhD
The popular health website WebMD posted a list of common herbal supplements with warnings about possible herb-drug interactions. Stefan Gafner examines the claims made by the website and contrasts them with known clinical contraindications provided by reliable and established resources including American Herbal Product Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook and community herbal monographs from the European Medicines Agency. Read more >>

By Hannah Bauman and Zachary Brown
From the smallest of seeds, a mighty plant can grow. The tiny seeds and tall, leafy greens of mustard contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals, but the pungent compounds unique to the Brassicaceae family have researchers excited for mustard’s ability to prevent the proliferation of cancer cells, mitigate damage from diabetes, and inhibit the growth of harmful microbes and fungi. Read more >>

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Adrenal Thyroid  
The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood was written by Aviva Romm, MD, and published by HarperOne in 2017. The excerpt includes the table of contents and a selection from Chapter 5, “Recharge.”

The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution outlines how an overworked adrenal system can affect mood, energy levels, hormones, inflammation, immune response, blood sugar, and a host of other bodily functions, and offers a system of management free from conventional pharmaceuticals. Based on Romm’s research and clinical work with thousands of patients, the 28-day program uses botanicals, a healthy diet plan, and exercises for mental clarity to heal the damage done by what she deems “survival overdrive syndrome” caused by the stresses and excesses of modern Western lifestyles.

“The solution you’re about to discover will strengthen and balance multiple systems in your body by healing the root imbalances that are impacting you the most,” Romm explains in her introduction. “It will show you how to make simple, powerful, and sustainable food and lifestyle changes that ease toxic multisystem overload and bring you into a symptom-free life with renewed energy.”

The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution can be purchased at the author’s website and other online retailers. Excerpt ©2017, HarperCollins. All material is used with permission and may not be reprinted for another use. All rights reserved.
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Five Key Expo West 2017 Supplement Trends. NutraIngredients-USA. March 15, 2017. Probiotics, collagen, gummy formulations, plant protein, and sleep/relaxation topped the list of supplement trends seen at Expo West 2017.

Hall of Legends 2017 Honorees. New Hope Network. March 11, 2017. The New Hope Network inducted eight  industry leaders, including ABC Board of Trustees member Morris Shriftman and ABC mega-supporter Terry Lemerond, into the Hall of Legends at Expo West 2017.

Seeds of Commerce: Saving Native Plants in the Heart of Appalachia. Yale Environment 360. March 2, 2017. With the threat of climate change looming, the director of the Germplasm Repository at the North Carolina Arboretum is working to preserve the state’s native plant legacy.

‘Exciting Findings’: Capsicum Extract May Help Slim Waist Lines. NutraIngredients-USA. March 9, 2017. A randomized controlled trial of 77 healthy adults found that daily supplementation with a chili pepper extract for 12 weeks significantly reduced abdominal fat compared to placebo.

South Asian Herb Dubbed ‘Smart Weed’. Fox News. February 26, 2017. As Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham explains, researchers are exploring the potential cognition-enhancing and collagen-building benefits of the South Asian herb kesum.

Wellness Teas are Driving Botanical Beverage Growth. NutraIngredients. February 23, 2017. In Europe, herbal teas marketed for specific wellness functions are behind increased sales in this beverage category.

Mulberry Leaf Extract Could Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. The Conversation. February 22, 2017. In a recent study, subjects taking mulberry leaf extract had significantly reduced spikes in blood glucose after consuming carbohydrates compared to those taking a placebo.

What Next for Health Canada’s Proposed NHP Changes? NutraIngredients-USA. February 14, 2017. After receiving more than 3,500 written comments in response to proposed changes to natural health products regulation, Health Canada is compiling a report of its findings.

April 18-20, 2017. Orlando, Florida.

17th International Congress of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology.
April 24-28, 2017. Kaslik, Lebanon.

HerbDay at the American Botanical Council.
May 6, 2017. Austin, Texas.

11th World Congress on Polyphenols Applications: Vienna Polyphenols.
June 20-21, 2017. Vienna, Austria.
June 20-23, 2017. Clemson, South Carolina.
July 8-9, 2017. Taos, New Mexico.

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