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Is Turmeric As Effective As Fourteen Other Drugs? Sacred Plant’s Ingredient, Curcumin, Holds Key To Health Benefits

Is Turmeric As Effective As Fourteen Other Drugs? Sacred Plant’s Ingredient, Curcumin, Holds Key To Health Benefits | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A growing mass of studies revolving around curcumin, an Indian herb’s active ingredient, may point to new ways to supplement your diet.
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Doctors Say Changes In Wheat Do Not Explain Rise Of Celiac Disease

Doctors Say Changes In Wheat Do Not Explain Rise Of Celiac Disease | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Doctors have other ways to explain why wheat makes some people sick, like the hygiene hypothesis.
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Ceylon cinnamon making weight loss progress for French start-up

Ceylon cinnamon making weight loss progress for French start-up | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
French start-up supplier Dialpha Laboratories is gaining success with Ceylon cinnamon extracts promoting weight loss after just a few months on the market.
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Two studies hail resveratrol type 2 diabetes potential

Two studies hail resveratrol type 2 diabetes potential | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Supplemental resveratrol should be considered as an adjunct to standard anti-diabetic agents in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, according to two studies conducted at the University of Medical Sciences in Iran and JSS University in India.
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Resveratrol shows fat cell shrinking potential: Human data

Resveratrol shows fat cell shrinking potential: Human data | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Thirty days of supplementation with resveratrol were associated with a reduction in the size of fat cells, with genetic tests showing various pathways for fat breakdown, researchers from the Netherlands report.
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Blueberry powder may boost gut bacteria with 'demonstrated health-promoting properties', says a new study

Blueberry powder may boost gut bacteria with 'demonstrated health-promoting properties', says a new study | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A daily drink of juice containing wild blueberry powder may boost select bifidobacteria strains in the gut with the potential to influence immune health, says a new study with human volunteers.
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Baobab fruit extract shows blood sugar management potential

Baobab fruit extract shows blood sugar management potential | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Formulating functional foods with extracts from the baobab fruit may help manage blood sugar levels, says a new study.
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Melatonin may offer weight management potential: Animal data

Consumption of melatonin could help control weight gain by stimulating the development of ‘beige fat’ cells that burn - rather than store - calories, say researchers.
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Super broccoli helps fight ageing | Anglia - ITV News

Super broccoli helps fight ageing | Anglia - ITV News | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Beneforte was developed at the Institute of Food Research and John Innes Centre, both based in Norwich.


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Non-bitter European quinoa offers new routes to market

Non-bitter European quinoa offers new routes to market | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The development of a non-bitter varieties of quinoa that can be grown in Europe could mean greater versatility as an ingredient and help ease supply shortages in key growing zones like Bolivia and Peru.
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Is pink your favourite colour? How about gold? - AoB Blog

Is pink your favourite colour? How about gold? - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Astaxanthin is nearly as expensive as gold. Unless you grow it in a pond.
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Herbal extract increases lifespan by almost a quarter, finds fly research

Herbal extract increases lifespan by almost a quarter, finds fly research | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Consumption of yellow-flowered herbal extract used traditionally for stress relief may increase lifespan by almost 25%, according to new research in fruit flies.
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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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Should Kratom Use Be Legal?: Scientific American

Should Kratom Use Be Legal?: Scientific American | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Thailand is considering legalizing kratom as a safer alternative for meth addicts, and U.S. researchers are studying its potential to help opiate abusers kick the habit without withdrawal side effects.
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Citrus extract shows weight management potential: Study

Citrus extract shows weight management potential: Study | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A blend of extracts from red orange, grapefruit, sweet orange, and guarana can reduce abdominal fat, waist and hip circumference, French researchers have found.
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Grape seed given hypertension thumbs up: Unpublished data

Grape seed given hypertension thumbs up: Unpublished data | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Researchers say that Indena’s new grape seed procyanidins (GSP) product – now only using water as extraction solvent – is effective in blood pressure management when coupled with lifestyle factors.
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Could beetroot bread help lower heart disease risk?

Could beetroot bread help lower heart disease risk? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Enriching bread with nitrate-rich beetroot could help to lower our risk of heart disease by reducing blood pressure and improving blood vessel functioning, according to new research.
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PepsiCo examines potential of unripe bananas, plantains as natural gluten substitutes, sugar replacers, binders, fibers

PepsiCo examines potential of unripe bananas, plantains as natural gluten substitutes, sugar replacers, binders, fibers | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
PepsiCo has been experimenting with ingredients from unpeeled heat-treated green bananas and plantains to serve as everything from a gluten substitute to a sugar replacer in products from oatmeal to smoothies, crackers, bars and cookies, a recent...
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Blueberry flavour: Volatile compounds may be at the heart of taste and acceptance

Blueberry flavour: Volatile compounds may be at the heart of taste and acceptance | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Blueberry suppliers could improve the taste and acceptance of the fruit by selecting breeds containing particular volatile compounds and allowing fruits to ripen so that they contain higher levels of these compounds, say researchers.
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Could microalgae be the next big thing in fat reduction?

Could microalgae be the next big thing in fat reduction? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Roquette is set to introduce high lipid algal flours as ingredients in bakery, sauces, beverages and prepared meals, to reduce fat, replace common allergens and cut costs.
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Purple Sweet Potato A Contender To Replace Artificial Food Dyes

Purple Sweet Potato A Contender To Replace Artificial Food Dyes | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Talcott says purple sweet potato pigments are unique because they have "tremendous" color stability. In other words, they have more intense color and a wider color range — from raspberry red to grapelike purple — than other deeply hued fruits or vegetables. They're also well-suited for food products because they have a neutral flavor — unlike grapes, which have good color but bitter tannins. The sweet potato pigments even boast slight health benefits — they are mildly anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic, Talcott notes.
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Saving the East Indian sandalwood tree - AoB Blog

Saving the East Indian sandalwood tree - AoB Blog | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
East Indian sandalwood tree is highly endangered due to over exploitation.
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An Apple a Day Keeps the DNA Methylation Away! Vitamin C and DNA Demethylation in Mouse ES Cells - EpiBeat

An Apple a Day Keeps the DNA Methylation Away! Vitamin C and DNA Demethylation in Mouse ES Cells - EpiBeat | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
DNA methylation is an epigenetic modification that is essential for normal development and also plays important roles in diverse cellular functions, such as genomic imprinting, X-chromosome inactivation, suppression of repetitive DNA elements,...
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Talking Plants: The miraculous miraculin

Talking Plants: The miraculous miraculin | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

By chewing the fruit you are covering the surface of your tongue with miraculin, ready to react as soon as an acidic solution enters the mouth. Even after you swallow the lime juice the miraculin remains bound to the sweet receptors for up to an hour- inactive, but ready to switch to sweetness when you suck your next lime.

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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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