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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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Bitter foods are healthy: How to cook them like a pro - New Scientist

Bitter foods are healthy: How to cook them like a pro - New Scientist | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Learn how to cook with bitter foods and you can reap their health benefits and enjoy the delicious taste too, says chef and author Jennifer McLagan
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Research finds diversifying your diet may make your gut healthier

Research finds diversifying your diet may make your gut healthier | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A loss of dietary diversity during the past 50 years could be a contributing factor to the rise in obesity, Type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal problems and other diseases, according to a lecture by Mark Heiman, vice president and chief scientific officer at MicroBiome Therapeutics, at IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago.
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The microbes we eat: Study investigates bacteria in different diets

The microbes we eat: Study investigates bacteria in different diets | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Researchers investigating the types of microbes found in foods from different dietary patterns have questioned whether the bacteria in our foods plays a role in the structure and function of our gut microbiota. 
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Home Microbiome Project announces results of study on household microbes

Home Microbiome Project announces results of study on household microbes | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A person's home is their castle, and they populate it with their own subjects: millions and millions of bacteria.

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How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
In a small study, people with peripheral artery disease who ate dark chocolate could walk farther than those who ate milk chocolate. Compounds in dark chocolate may make it easier to keep moving.
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Blueberries cut type-2 diabetes risk

Blueberries cut type-2 diabetes risk | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Eating more fruit, particularly blueberries, apples and grapes, is linked to a reduced risk of type-2 diabetes, suggests a study in the British Medical Journal.
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Healthy chocolate? The growing evidence for cocoa flavanols

Healthy chocolate? The growing evidence for cocoa flavanols | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The meteoric emergence of cocoa flavanols as the new 'super ingredient' continues, with many new scientific publications focused on the potential health effects of these special compounds.
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Human absorption and metabolism of oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol ingested as olive (Olea europaea L.) leaf extract - Bock - 2013 - Molecular Nutrition & Food Research - Wiley Online Library

Human absorption and metabolism of oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol ingested as olive (Olea europaea L.) leaf extract - Bock - 2013 - Molecular Nutrition & Food Research - Wiley Online Library | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Cocoa flavanol content varies depending on origin, says Callebaut

Cocoa flavanol content varies depending on origin, says Callebaut | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Barry Callebaut’s innovation department has revealed that the level of cocoa flavanols, which are associated with a string of positive health effects, vary depending on where beans are sourced.
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Flavonols may slash risk of vascular disease for women

Flavonols may slash risk of vascular disease for women | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Increased intake of flavonols from tea and other sources may boost heart health for older women, with regular consumption of the compounds linked to a 72% lower risk of atherosclerotic vascular disease mortality.
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Olive polyphenols play ‘key role’ in learning and memory processes: Animal data

Olive polyphenols play ‘key role’ in learning and memory processes: Animal data | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A natural extract made from olive polyphenols could help to increase learning and memory processes by increasing levels of important proteins in the brain, according to new research in rodents.
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Black tea compounds show blood pressure benefits: Human data

Black tea compounds show blood pressure benefits: Human data | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Three cups of flavonoid-rich black tea per day may reduce the variability in blood pressure at night, says a new clinical trial.
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Green tea extracts show promise for people with metabolic syndrome

Green tea extracts show promise for people with metabolic syndrome | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Drinking green tea or taking a supplement containing green tea extracts may improve the body’s antioxidant protection in people with the metabolic syndrome, says a new study.
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Better chocolate with microbes

Better chocolate with microbes | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
For decades, researchers have worked to improve cacao fermentation by controlling the microbes involved. Now, to their surprise, a team of Belgian researchers has discovered that the same species of yeast used in production of beer, bread, and wine works particularly well in chocolate fermentation.
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Fiber-Famished Gut Microbes Linked to Poor Health

Fiber-Famished Gut Microbes Linked to Poor Health | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
While probiotics receive more attention, key fibers remain the workhorses in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome
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Sorry, your gut bacteria are not the answer to all your health problems

Sorry, your gut bacteria are not the answer to all your health problems | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
We're told that tweaks to the microbiome can cure everything from allergies to Ebola. Not exactly, say experts.
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High flavanol chocolate: Which cocoa flavanols are the best?

High flavanol chocolate: Which cocoa flavanols are the best? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Epicatechin is the gold standard cocoa flavanol says a medical doctor, but Barry Callebaut claims all flavanols have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.
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RDFRS: Fact: You Carry Around Enough Bacteria To Fill A Large Soup Can

RDFRS: Fact: You Carry Around Enough Bacteria To Fill A Large Soup Can | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
“That’s three to five pounds of bacteria,” says Lita Proctor, the program coordinator of the National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project, which studies the communities of bacteria living on and in us. The bacteria cells in our body outnumber human cells 10 to 1, she says, but because they are much smaller than human cells, they account for only about 1 to 2 percent of our body mass—though they do make up about half of our body’s waste.

The host of bacteria we carry around weren’t well-cataloged until recently. In July 2011, at North Carolina State University, the Belly Button Biodiversity study found about 1,400 different strains of bacteria living in the navels of 95 participants. Of these, 662 strains were previously unrecognized.

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ORAC's tarnished reputation doesn't diminish polyphenols' health benefits, expert says

ORAC's tarnished reputation doesn't diminish polyphenols' health benefits, expert says | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
It has been almost a year since United States Department of Agriculture took down its ORAC database.  Now that this official reference point is gone, does this measure of antioxidant potential still have relevance in the marketplace?
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Boweled over! Prunes win official EU health claim passage

Boweled over! Prunes win official EU health claim passage | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Prunes sold across the European Union can claim they contribute to “normal bowel function”, making the fruits the first whole fruit to win a claim under the EU’s new food marketing rules.
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Red blood cells harbor Pycnogenol metabolite, research shows

Red blood cells harbor Pycnogenol metabolite, research shows | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Horphag Research knew the what about their flagship ingredient, Pycnogenol, as it pertained to its many health benefits.  But until a recent study, the company was a little hazy on the how and the where.
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Cardioprotective effects of cocoa: Clinical evidence from randomized clinical intervention trials in humans - Arranz - 2013 - Molecular Nutrition & Food Research - Wiley Online Library

Cardioprotective effects of cocoa: Clinical evidence from randomized clinical intervention trials in humans - Arranz - 2013 - Molecular Nutrition & Food Research - Wiley Online Library | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Pine bark extract shows benefits against metabolic syndrome: Human data

Pine bark extract shows benefits against metabolic syndrome: Human data | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Daily supplements of Pycnogenol, an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine, may help reduce health risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome, suggests new data from a human study.
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Phytochemicals show anti-inflammatory and brain health benefits: Pure Encapsulations/ Atrium Innovations

Phytochemicals show anti-inflammatory and brain health benefits: Pure Encapsulations/ Atrium Innovations | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Polyphenol-rich extracts from fruit and vegetables may have molecular targets with potential relevance to cardiometabolic and neurological health, according to new data.
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There’s no such thing as a ‘miracle food’ warn experts

There’s no such thing as a ‘miracle food’ warn experts | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Researchers and global media should better consider the validity of single scientific studies that report on supposed ‘miracle foods’ in addition to considering that people do not eat foods or nutrients in isolation, warn researchers.
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