Food as Medicine: Oat (Avena sativa, Poaceae)
Oat ranks sixth in global grain production, but sales have increased steadily since the 1990s due to its efficacy for lowering cholesterol levels and protecting cardiovascular health. Though much research has been conducted on these conditions, oat also has many other traditional uses that may warrant further study, including as a cosmetics ingredient, antimicrobial, and even as an aid to quit smoking. This versatile ingredient’s history of traditional use stretches back more than 2,000 years, to when oat was first domesticated and cultivated. Read more >>
Remembering Bill Swail: 1942–2022
William ‘Bill’ Lee Swail was the founder of Peoples Rx in Austin, Texas, which has served the local community as a holistic pharmacy for more than 40 years. His stores emphasized personalized care and natural medicine and also included a compounding pharmacy. Before 24-hour pharmacies were the norm, Swail gave out his home phone number as the store’s “emergency line.” His friends, family, and former employees fondly remember Swail for his generosity, entrepreneurship, and kindness. Read more >>
Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) is a well-known herbal remedy for the common cold and upper respiratory tract infections. However, there is growing evidence that echinacea root may also have anxiolytic effects. The purpose of this 2021 three-arm, parallel-group, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was to examine the efficacy and tolerability of a proprietary echinacea extract at two different doses for the treatment of symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety in healthy adults. Read more >>
Taking the Magic out of Magic Mushrooms. The New York Times. July 15, 2022. Scientists are currently grappling with the question of whether the psychoactive aspect of psilocybin is necessary to the preliminary clinical results that indicate the compound can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Polyphenol-rich Diet Harnesses Gut to Prevent Inflammation in Elderly, Study Suggests. NutraIngredients. July 13, 2022. Polyphenols in foods can prevent inflammation in older people, according to researchers from the University of Barcelona, who have identified intestinal bacteria as a possible mechanism of action.
Arjuna Bark Extract for Heart Health Gets Health Canada Natural Product Number. Nutritional Outlook. July 13, 2022. The ingredient is reportedly the first arjuna bark product to receive this designation; Terminalia arjuna has been used traditionally as a heart tonic in Ayurveda, India’s oldest traditional medicine practice.
How Native People Are Revitalizing the Natural Nourishment of the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Times. July 10, 2022. As Native people report disproportionate levels of diabetes and other chronic diseases compared to non-Native populations, tribal leaders are encouraging a return to their traditional diets and seasonal, regenerative harvesting habits.
Sustainable Spices: Adding Ethics to Your Spice Rack. Luxiders. July 2022. Spices are the cornerstone of diets around the world, but their harvest is often rife with exploitation.
Factors Boosting the Popularity of Curcumin. Natural Products Insider. June 28, 2022. The curcumin market is growing due to an increasing body of research and improvements in the supply chain, among other reasons.
Tapping the Ocean as a Source of Natural Products. ScienceDaily. June 22, 2022. Using DNA data, researchers have examined seawater to find not only new species of bacteria but also previously unknown natural products that may one day prove beneficial.
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AHPA Endorses the Food Safety Administration Act. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). July 19, 2022.
Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) Partners with Green Flower to Offer Cannabis Industry Training Courses. Green Flower. July 19, 2022.
MAPS Launches Psychedelic Fundamentals, an Online Education Curriculum from Leading Psychedelic Organization. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. July 14, 2022.
Survey: Cannabis Effective at Mitigating Musculoskeletal Pain. NORML. July 14, 2022.
Statement of the American Herbal Products Association on Herbal Abortifacients. AHPA. July 11, 2022.
Study: Cannabis Use Not Predictive of Lack of Motivation. NORML. July 7, 2022.
‘One of the Botanical Wonders of the World’: Giant Waterlily Grown at Kew Gardens Named New to Science. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. July 4, 2022.
United Plant Savers’ Inaugural Film Festival Launches Now – Award Winners Announced. United Plant Savers. June 30, 2022.
SupplySide West. Las Vegas, NV. October 31 – November 4, 2022. This annual trade show will bring together leading professionals from the dietary supplement, food, beverage, personal care and sports nutrition industries to interact and exchange insights on the science and strategy that drive the development of finished products.
American Botanical Council members receive a $50 discount off an Expo Hall Pass when registering. Use code SSW22PARTNER. Promo code not valid on existing registrations. Offer expires 11/4/22. Register here.
VitaFoods Asia 2022. Bangkok, Thailand, and Online. September 26 – October 10, 2022.
American Herbalists Guild Annual Symposium. Bethesda, Maryland. October 21–24, 2022.
Spirit Plant Medicine Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. November 4–6, 2022.
Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. December 13–15, 2022.
More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.