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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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Kava and the Rise of Healthy New York - The New Yorker

Kava and the Rise of Healthy New York - The New Yorker | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Carrie Battan on kava bars, which offer a booze-free beverage derived from a South Pacific-originated plant.
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The history behind the chocolate hoax

The history behind the chocolate hoax | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
How much chocolate does it take to fool a journalist? Turns out not much. Earlier this month, Peter Onneken and Diana Löbl, a pair of documentary filmmakers from Germany, and John Bohannon, a biologist and science journalist based...
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EFSA weighs up hoodia novel food application

EFSA weighs up hoodia novel food application | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering a novel food application for purported weight loss plant hoodia parviflora. 
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Aged garlic may help reduce blood pressure, boost heart health: Study

Aged garlic may help reduce blood pressure, boost heart health: Study | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Supplements of aged garlic (Allium sativum) may reduce mean blood pressure by 5.0 mmHg in uncontrolled hypertensives, says a new study funded by Wakunaga of America Co.
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Could the Food We Eat Affect Our Genes? Study in Yeast Suggests This May Be the Case | SciTech Connect

Could the Food We Eat Affect Our Genes? Study in Yeast Suggests This May Be the Case | SciTech Connect | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The study, carried out in yeast shows that while the activity of our genes influences our metabolism, the opposite is also true and the nutrients available to cells influence our genes.
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Women shouldn't drink? How many microbes? | On Science Blogs

Women shouldn't drink? How many microbes? | On Science Blogs | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The CDC has warned women that they shouldn't drink if they might get pregnant. Also, fewer microbes on the body than previously thought.
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The botanical roadmap to nowhere: Legal definition needed for real clarity

The botanical roadmap to nowhere: Legal definition needed for real clarity | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
If the European Commission’s regulatory rethink is to provide any meaningful improvement for the botanical industry, it must set a clear legal definition of...
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Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back)

Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Ingrained cognitive biases play a role, as does inverted snobbery about educational privilege. But we must battle on, says this scientist
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Exempt smart drugs and nutmeg from drugs law, MPs suggest

Exempt smart drugs and nutmeg from drugs law, MPs suggest | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The UK government is attempting to outlaw legal highs, but MPs are proposing an ever-lengthening list of psychoactive chemicals that could be exempted
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The many faces of herbal adulteration

The many faces of herbal adulteration | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The global natural products industry is beholden to vast quality control challenges, which are in turn amplified when it comes to herbal ingredients, given the quality management minefield this segment presents. 
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5 tips for fact-checking claims about health

5 tips for fact-checking claims about health | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
“You can be 100 percent factually correct and still be almost useless to your readers.” Gary Schwitzer’s second sentence in our phone conversation was not exactly a ringing endors…
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Europe’s first cocoa flavanol health claim chocolate to hit store shelves

Europe’s first cocoa flavanol health claim chocolate to hit store shelves | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Belgian firm Vandenbulcke has introduced ChoVita, the first chocolate brand in Europe that makes a cocoa flavanol health claim that it is 'good for your blood flow'.
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What EFSA wants from novel food applications

What EFSA wants from novel food applications | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published draft guidance on applications for novel foods under revised rules, but a food lawyer warns the requirements may prove too cumbersome for traditional third country foods. 
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Should EU mimic US supplement label database?

Should EU mimic US supplement label database? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A US trade group has made moves to increase transparency and traceability in the supplement market by requiring all its members to submit product labels. Should the EU be considering similar action?
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The Aztec superfood fighting Mexican obesity

The Aztec superfood fighting Mexican obesity | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Amaranth, an Aztec superfood, could help Mexico fight its obesity problem
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Study: Antioxidant supplements (still) not an athlete’s best training partner

Study: Antioxidant supplements (still) not an athlete’s best training partner | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Back in 2009, a group of researchers in Germany and the US published a hotly debated study that said antioxidants may blunt the benefits of exercise. One of the researchers recently released a topical review of the subject, and he
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Kratom, an Addict’s Alternative, Is Found to Be Addictive Itself

Kratom, an Addict’s Alternative, Is Found to Be Addictive Itself | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The supplement is seen as a natural painkiller in the United States, where only a few states ban its sale, but experts say it can lead back to heroin.
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Italian health ministry cracks down on use of activated charcoal in 'black bread'

Italian health ministry cracks down on use of activated charcoal in 'black bread' | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Italian health chiefs have taken a tough stance on the use of activated charcoal in baked goods – banning bakers from describing such products as bread and clamping down on health claims.
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Frankincense tree facing uncertain future - BBC News

Frankincense tree facing uncertain future - BBC News | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Frankincense - a traditional staple of the Christmas story - faces an uncertain future, according to researchers studying the changing ecology of the trees.
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How coffee berry borers survive on caffeine

How coffee berry borers survive on caffeine | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The world's most devastating coffee pest can cut yields by up to 80 percent, and it survives on what would be a toxic dose of caffeine for any other insect. Some 850 insects can feed on different parts of a coffee plant, ...
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The increasing role of cannabinoids in pain relief

The increasing role of cannabinoids in pain relief | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Once forgotten, cannabinoids and their medicinal benefits have recently been thrust back into the spotlight, in particular for their abilities to relieve often otherwise untreatable pain. 
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