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Conference Report: Workshop on Botanical Food Supplement and Herbal Medicine Adulteration

By Stefan Gafner, PhD
A workshop on adulteration and fraud of botanical and natural health ingredients was held in November 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany, as part of the Health Ingredients Europe trade show. The goal of the workshop was to educate the European herbal supplement and health industry about the importance of supply chain transparency, quality control tools, and other initiatives to ensure ingredient authenticity. ABC Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner recaps the workshop’s essential sessions, led by world-renowned experts in the field. Read more >>






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Food as Medicine: Pear (Pyrus communis and P. pyrifolia, Rosaceae)

By Jenny Perez and Hannah Bauman
Perhaps the partridge is on to something? Pear fruit, a sweet and irresistible treat, is an indulgence worth taking: Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, pears have been studied for their potential benefits for chronic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as hangovers. Read more >>






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Lloyd Library Exhibit Celebrates ‘Ingredients that Warm the Season’

By Betsy Kruthoffer
The Lloyd Library and Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, has an exhibit on display through March 2019 that features plant ingredients indelibly linked with winter celebrations. The museum has generously provided high-quality images from 16th- and 17th-century herbals that illustrate some of the season’s favorite flavors, including chocolate, nuts, and spices. Read more >>


Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Cranberry Laboratory Guidance Document. November 15, 2018.

NEW! Issue #15 of the Botanical Adulterants Monitor has been published. Read more about new strategies for the identification of cranberry extracts, powdered goldenseal, and more.

Featured Book
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Southern Folk Medicine: Healing Traditions from the Appalachian Fields and Forests was written by Phyllis D. Light and published in 2018 by North Atlantic Books. The excerpt includes the table of contents, foreword by Rosemary Gladstar, and a selection from Chapter 1: “What Is Folk Medicine?”

This book describes in great detail the history, folklore, practices, and traditional remedies of Southern and Appalachian folk medicine. Heavily based on ancient Greek and European practices and melded with Native American, Christian, and African influences, this system offers us a uniquely American way to look at disease and wellness. Herbal practitioner Phyllis Light has worked within this system for more than 30 years, and relates to readers the traditions passed down through the generations by healers who cared for their communities with the plants and tools that surrounded them.

Southern Folk Medicine can be purchased from the publisher’s website. Excerpt from Southern Folk Medicine by Phyllis D. Light, published by North Atlantic Books, ©2018 by Phyllis D. Light. Reprinted by permission of publisher.
Media Watch

Plants as Antifungal Factories. EurekAlert! December 10, 2018. Researchers have developed a tool to produce antifungal proteins in plants, which could help improve human and animal health, food security, and ecosystem resilience.

Hazelnuts Improve Older Adults’ Micronutrient Levels, Study Shows. Science Daily. December 6, 2018. Older adults who added hazelnuts to their diet significantly improved their levels of magnesium and vitamin E.

Mandated Supplement Registry Likely InevitableNatural Products INSIDER. December 7, 2018. In this podcast, a co-author of DSHEA explains the legal reasoning for a mandatory product registry for dietary supplements.

Study: Pycnogenol Supplementation May Help Older Men Manage Enlarged Prostate. NutraIngredients-USA. November 14, 2018. New research suggests that supplementation with French Maritime Pine extract may help manage benign prostatic hypertrophy.

Week in Review: Phony CA Lab Data, Utah Gov Signs Medical Marijuana Bill & Ex-Sweet Leaf Execs Jailed. Marijuana Business Daily. December 7, 2018. A Sacramento-based analytical lab has surrendered its business license after a lab director was accussed of falsifying pesticide tests.

Spiked ‘Supplements’ Cultivate Alarming Street-Drug Appeal. New Hope Network. December 5, 2018. In a disturbing trend, the FDA must contend with “street drug alternatives” that claim to be dietary supplements but often contain undeclared controlled substances.

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine for Vascular Dementia. Cochrane Systematic Review. December 6, 2018. A new Cochrane review surveys the patchy clinical data on the use of traditional Chinese herbal medicines for the treatment of vascular dementia.

Power of Purple: Can Pigment in Food Reduce Weight, Lower Blood Pressure? CBC News. December 4, 2018. Research is increasing on anthocyanins, the compounds responsible for the purple color of some fruits and vegetables, for their benefits in an older population.


Integrative Healthcare Symposium. February 20-23, 2019. New York, New York.

3rd World Congress on Nutrition and Dietetics. February 25-26, 2019. Prague, Czech Republic.

Dietary Supplement Good Manufacturing Practices Compliance Seminar. April 2-3, 2019. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

19th International Congress of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology. June 12-14, 2019. Dresden, Germany.

Midwest Herb Fest 2019. August 2-4, 2019. Monterey, Indiana.

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

Herbal IQ

Oh, Christmas tree, oh, Christmas tree, can you help with my coughing? Do you know which popular variety of evergreen has a long history of medicinal use in the Pacific Northwest? Find out here!