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Can Fungi Ease Disease in Bees?

By Connor Yearsley
Pollinators are responsible for an estimated one of every three bites of food that humans eat. But now, honeybees are facing an existential threat because of a lethal combination of factors, including disease. After observing honeybees ingest fungi, mycologist Paul Stamets wondered if fungi could help. Stamets, his team, and others hope that fungal products can become long-term solutions to improve the health, immunity, and longevity of honeybees and other pollinators, which are critical for ecosystem stability, human food security, and more. Read more >>





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Food as Medicine: Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra, Adoxaceae)

By Jenny Perez
Once called the “medicine chest of the country people,” the elder shrub has long been a source of food and medicine, associated with longevity and vitality. Every flu season, many people turn to its deep purple berries to ward off and shorten the duration of flu symptoms, but what does modern research say? With a tradition of medicinal use that spans centuries, elderberries remain one of the most popular immune system strengtheners in the world. Read more >>





A Decade of Achievements at ABC

By ABC Staff
The American Botanical Council Staff celebrates the achievements made at ABC since 2010 in this decade-in-review graphic. Read more >>



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Featured Book
Fire Cider! 101 Zesty Recipes for Health-Boosting Remedies Made with Apple Cider Vinegar was written by Rosemary Gladstar and friends and published in 2019 by Storey Publishing. The excerpt includes the table of contents and a selection from Chapter 1, “Apple Cider Vinegar: A Brief Biography.”

Since its inception in 1980 at Rosemary Gladstar’s California School of Herbal Studies, fire cider has evolved from a simple vinegar concoction for the immune system to a movement within herbalism. This text contains Gladstar’s original recipe plus 100 variations from herbalists around North America. The contributors and Gladstar also share stories along with their recipes, and include suggestions for taking the tonic beyond the medicine chest to culinary preparations such as drinks, vegan “cheese,” salad dressing, and many more. Fire Cider! aims to inspire the reader to improve wellness and vitality through a community tradition.

Fire Cider! can be purchased from a variety of online retailers. ©2020 Storey Publishing. Excerpted from Fire Cider! by Rosemary Gladstar. Used with permission from Storey Publishing.
Media Watch

The Double Life of Coca. Sapiens. January 30, 2020. Before it became known as the precursor to cocaine, coca leaf was traditionally used throughout the Andes as a medicine for a variety of conditions, and its complicated history is causing regulatory problems in its native countries.

Italy Adopts Decree Setting Maximum THC Levels in Supplements. January 29, 2020. Italy’s Ministry of Health confirms the maximum level of THC permitted in food supplements is set at two milligrams per kilogram.

How Climate Change Is Affecting Gardens. January 29, 2020. Botanical gardens are struggling to predict how their specimens may survive in a changing climate, while the sad reality is that many are already failing.

Is 2020 the Year FDA Will Finally Make CBD a Legal Ingredient in Dietary Supplements and Food? Nutritional Outlook. January 28, 2020. As the hemp industry made great strides in 2019, the questions for 2020 will be how and when the government will rule on the legal standing of CBD.

Algae Shown to Improve Gastrointestinal Health. EurekAlert! January 27, 2020. A recently published clinical trial shows a correlation between the consumption of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii algae and an improvement in irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.

Researchers Studying Prairie Plants as Potential Medicine SourcesRegina Leader-Post. January 26, 2020. Scientists hope that the prairies of Saskatchewan may hold new sources of antibiotics and cancer medicine.

Non-Indigenous Business Fails in Bid to Trademark Aboriginal Bush Medicine. ABC Capricornia. January 24, 2020. An Australian business has failed to obtain exclusive rights to the indigenous name of a traditional bush medicine known as “gumby-gumby.”

Adaptogens: Nature’s Answer to Stressed and TiredWholeFoods Magazine. January 23, 2020. As Americans report chronic stress as a primary complaint, the use of adaptogens may provide relief for an anxious world.

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Featured Event

NPEW 2020Natural Products Expo West. March 3-7, 2020. Anaheim, California. Visit ABC at Booth #4117! More information.





Pittcon. March 1-5, 2020. Chicago, Illinois.

AHPA-ABC-AHP HerbWalk at Expo West 2020. March 4, 2020. Anaheim, California.

The Practitioner Channel Forum. April 23-24, 2020. New York, New York.

Vitafoods Europe. May 12-14, 2020. Geneva, Switzerland.

World Tea Expo. June 8-11, 2020. Denver, Colorado.

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

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This plant pigment might help lower blood pressure and decrease the chance of a heart attack. Find out which one it is here!