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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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Coffee Is Good, Coffee Is Bad: Which Is It?

Coffee Is Good, Coffee Is Bad: Which Is It? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
New guidelines from the World Health Organization say drinking coffee may prevent cancer, and represent the latest in a long debate over the harms and benefits of a beloved beverage.
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Not so superfoods

Not so superfoods | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Nice to see what I hope is the beginning of a “superfoods” backlash, spearheaded by Sense About Science and their Ask For Evidence campaign, together with the British Dietetic Association: Bioversity’s DG Ann Tutwiler gave the compellingly titled presentation On
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Vitamins and supplements lobby ‘disgusted’ by supposed ABC exposé

Vitamins and supplements lobby ‘disgusted’ by supposed ABC exposé | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The complementary medicines industry has hit out at the decision by Australia’s state broadcaster to air what it calls a “sensationalised story” about the safety of some American supplements.
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Review supports safety of green tea extracts

Review supports safety of green tea extracts | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A recent systematic review of clinical trials using green tea extract underscores the ingredient’s overall safety, despite some recent associations with liver damage.
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Can Microbes Heal Your Gut And Mind?

Can Microbes Heal Your Gut And Mind? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
It’s been gut science week at FiveThirtyEight, an exploration of what we know about the gut, what we put into it, and what comes out of it. Two of the articles …
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Guess What? You're a Superorganism. | JSTOR Daily

Guess What? You're a Superorganism. | JSTOR Daily | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The White House has announced the "microbiome moonshot" – a push to understand the human microbiome.
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Why a drug that lowers cholesterol doesn’t save lives

Why a drug that lowers cholesterol doesn’t save lives | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Five years ago, a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs was drawing lots of praise, but the drugs have failed in various trials since then.
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Funded by vitamin makers, naturopaths push to expand in US

Funded by vitamin makers, naturopaths push to expand in US | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Naturopaths, who practice an alternative medicine heavy on herbal supplements, are making a big push to gain more authority and stature across the US.
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Healthy? Natural? It’s up to the FDA.

Healthy?  Natural? It’s up to the FDA. | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The terms “healthy” and “natural” help to sell food products.  They are about marketing, not health. This makes life difficult for the FDA, which has the unenviable job of d…
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Resveratrol’s heart health benefits linked to gut microbiota changes

Resveratrol’s heart health benefits linked to gut microbiota changes | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The potential cardiovascular benefits of resveratrol may be linked to its ability to preferentially alter the gut microbiome, suggests a new study with lab mice.
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To your health? Anti-aging gin claims to make you look younger

To your health? Anti-aging gin claims to make you look younger | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The new product — with the unfortunate name Anti-aGin — claims to rejuvenate the skin and help sippers defy age by dint of its collagen content.
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Do Vitamins and Supplements Make Antidepressants More Effective?

Do Vitamins and Supplements Make Antidepressants More Effective? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Fish oil, Vitamin D and other nutrients appear to raise the potency of medication
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Can more fiber restore microbiome diversity?

Can more fiber restore microbiome diversity? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Scientists are pushing to restore human health in Western countries by changing our diet to restore the microbial species lost over the evolution of Western diet. Researchers advocate for strategically increasing dietary fiber intake as one path forward in regaining microbial biodiversity.
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Genetically modified Golden Rice falls short on lifesaving promises

Genetically modified Golden Rice falls short on lifesaving promises | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Heralded on the cover of Time magazine in 2000 as a genetically modified (GMO) crop with the potential to save millions of lives in the Third World, Golden Rice is still years away from field introduction and even then, may fall short of lofty health benefits still cited regularly by GMO advocates, suggests a new study from Washington University in St. Louis.
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John Oliver teaches us how to interpret medical and scientific studies

John Oliver teaches us how to interpret medical and scientific studies | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of John Oliver. When my aging body allows me to stay awake late enough on Sunday nights and there’s a new episode on, I’ll almost always be watching. Since startin…
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Large-scale plant cultivation could answer call for omega-3 sustainable source

Large-scale plant cultivation could answer call for omega-3 sustainable source | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The pursuit of alternative omega-3 fatty acid sources that are closer biologically to omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) found in fish oils remains a key industry challenge.
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Artificial sweeteners cut calories but may affect glucose control in obese: Study

Artificial sweeteners cut calories but may affect glucose control in obese: Study | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Artificial sweeteners may help obese individuals cut calories and lose weight but a new study has suggested that these sugar substitutes impair how glucose is utilised in the body.
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Kazakhstan’s treasure trove of wildly-flavoured apples

Kazakhstan’s treasure trove of wildly-flavoured apples | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The apples in our supermarkets are very likely descended from Central Asian ancestors still growing in wild Kazakhstan. The search is on to bring more of them to the world’s attention.
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‘Natural viagra’ ruling makes a mockery of NHCR

‘Natural viagra’ ruling makes a mockery of NHCR | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The Italian advertising standards body has pulled up Forsamax, a supplement for treating erectile dysfunction, for misleading advertising - providing further proof that the European Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (NHCR) has no weight in Italy, according to one expert.
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Bacche di acai, il parere dell’esperta sul “superfood”

Bacche di acai, il parere dell’esperta sul “superfood” | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
APPROFONDIMENTO - Le bacche di acai sono i piccoli frutti esotici dell’Euterpe oleracea, una palma originaria dell’America centrale e meridionale. Nell’aspetto sono simili a mirtilli e hanno un buon contenuto di antocianine (pigmenti della classe dei flavonoidi), ma negli ultimi anni hanno letteralmente fatto il botto come superfood, elogiati per le loro proprietà antiossidanti e…
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Why 'healthy' food is a bankrupt concept

Why 'healthy' food is a bankrupt concept | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Rather than calling food healthy, we should use the terms nutritious or nourishing.
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What Is 'Natural' Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil

What Is 'Natural' Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Time is almost up for consumers to tell the FDA what "natural" food means. It's an ancient philosophical question with no easy answers.
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Enhanced curcumin shows endothelial benefits for healthy people: Study

Enhanced curcumin shows endothelial benefits for healthy people: Study | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Supplements of curcumin with enhanced bioavailability may improve the vascular health in healthy people, says a new study with OmniActive Health Technologies’ CurcuWIN ingredient.
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Some supplements boost mood in patients taking antidepressants

Some supplements boost mood in patients taking antidepressants | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Some nutritional supplements might boost the effectiveness of antidepressants in people with clinical depression, according to a new review of research.
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Viewpoint: The rejected vegetables that aren’t even wonky - BBC News

Viewpoint: The rejected vegetables that aren’t even wonky - BBC News | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Why are we throwing away tonnes of perfectly good food every year, asks Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
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