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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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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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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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Food for Thought: Cranberries as the rising star in blood sugar management - The National

Food for Thought: Cranberries as the rising star in blood sugar management - The National | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Early research shows cranberries may slow the absorption of starchy foods, preventing spikes in blood sugar.
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Extra Fiber for Stroke Protection

The data, pooled from eight observational studies, all with at least three years of follow-up, found that each 7-gram per day increase in fiber
intake reduced the risk for a first stroke by about 7 percent.

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Science, the media, organic food and PLOS ONE . . . Hmm

Science, the media, organic food and PLOS ONE . . . Hmm | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, the media reported on a paper published in PLOS ONE called "Organically Grown Food Provides Health Benefits to Drosophila melanogaster".

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/study-eating-organic-food-associated-with-longer-lives-in-flies/274387/

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2013/03/27/Some-organic-food-may-be-healthier/UPI-29981364363762/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57576656/organic-foods-linked-to-better-fertility-longevity-in-fruit-flies/

 

The paper's also been more critically reviewed.

http://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/03/27/4-out-of-5-fruit-flies-recommend-organic-fruit/

and, from the reader comments section of the article

http://www.plosone.org/annotation/listThread.action?root=63389

 

These articles could make an interesting case study to examine how a topic like "organic foods" pushes the media button. I'd have the students first discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the paper, and then the news reports, and finally the criticisms. Two important questions to address are, how good are fruit flies as a model for humans in this study (particularly since, as insects, they are the specific targets of the pesticides used on conventionally-grown foods), and, what kinds of effects will the PLOS ONE business model have on the meaning of "peer review" as understood by journalists and the public?


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Licorice importation price worries Japan's herbal medicine industry

Licorice importation price worries Japan's herbal medicine industry | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Japan’s herbal medicine industry is making efforts to ensure that there is no shortage of licorice supply as import prices have increased 50% for the past five years. This is due to China’s tightened regulations on harvesting and exporting licorice to protect their own supply.

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Could Coffee Protect Against Liver Disease in Alcohol Drinkers?

Could Coffee Protect Against Liver Disease in Alcohol Drinkers? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

The researchers asked nearly 19,000 Finnish men and womenbetween ages 25 and 74 about their coffee and alcohol consumption. They also measured participants' blood levels of the liver enzyme gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT).

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Extract boosts nutraceutical potential of baobab, supplier says

Extract boosts nutraceutical potential of baobab, supplier says | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Baobab Foods, one of several US companies importing the African ingredient, is making a push into the nutraceutical space with a depectinized extract.
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Durbin and Waxman’s Anti-Supplement Tactic Appears to Have Backfired | The Alliance for Natural Health USA

Durbin and Waxman’s Anti-Supplement Tactic Appears to Have Backfired | The Alliance for Natural Health USA | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

According to the GAO report, between 2008 and 2011, the FDA received 6,307 AERs for dietary supplements—an average of 1,575 per year. We already knew this; we had previously reported that FDA received 1,080 AERs in 2009, so the other years followed a similar trend. Considering the fact that, according to the GAO’s own report, over half the US takes supplements, that’s an incredibly low number of AERs from 157 million Americans.

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Food Politics » Dietary supplements: A round-up of bad news

Food Politics » Dietary supplements: A round-up of bad news | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

The bad news about dietary supplements pours in.  Most of them are harmless, but this industry is largely unregulated and the lack of oversight shows

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'Drunken Botanist' Takes A Garden Tour Of The Liquor Cabinet : NPR

'Drunken Botanist' Takes A Garden Tour Of The Liquor Cabinet : NPR | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
An incredible diversity of grains, herbs and fruits goes into the world's alcoholic drinks, as writer Amy Stewart explains.
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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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Intelligent evidence: 'Breakthrough' in microbiome sampling promises greater proof for probiotic claims

Intelligent evidence: 'Breakthrough' in microbiome sampling promises greater proof for probiotic claims | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A new non-invasive method to test the effects of functional foods and nutrients on the gut flora promises to help industry build solid evidence for health claims substantiation, says NIZO Food Research.
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Seaweed is unexploited and brimming with prospects for snacks, says expert

Seaweed is unexploited and brimming with prospects for snacks, says expert | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Seaweed is an extremely nutritious yet unexploited food ingredient that holds huge prospects for snack makers, a research expert says.
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Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet — NEJM

Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet — NEJM | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Original Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet
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Greek coffee may hold the key to a longer life: Study

Greek coffee may hold the key to a longer life: Study | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Consumption of a polyphenol-packed, low-caffeine, Greek coffee could be what is helping the inhabitants of Ikaria to highest rates of longevity in the world, researchers suggest.
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The Jujube (Ziziphus Jujuba Mill.) Fruit: A Review of Current Knowledge of Fruit Composition and Health Benefits - Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (ACS Publications)

The Jujube (Ziziphus Jujuba Mill.) Fruit: A Review of Current Knowledge of Fruit Composition and Health Benefits - Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (ACS Publications) | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
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Research: Organic diet improves health outcomes ... in fruit flies

Research: Organic diet improves health outcomes ... in fruit flies | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Fruit flies fed an organic diet have significantly better health outcomes than flies fed a non-organic diet, according to new research on the potential benefits of organic food.
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Diana Plant Sciences debuts cocoa ingredient derived from plant stem cells

Diana Plant Sciences debuts cocoa ingredient derived from plant stem cells | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Diana Plant Sciences, based in Portland, OR, has brought to market what it says is the first nutraceutical ingredient produced completely in a bioreactor via plant stem cell technology.
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Energy Drinks Linked with Heart Problems

Energy Drinks Linked with Heart Problems | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Energy drinks may negatively affect heart rhythm and blood pressure, according to a new study.
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HerbalGram: The Regulated Dietary Supplement Industry: Myths of an Unregulated Industry Dispelled

HerbalGram: The Regulated Dietary Supplement Industry: Myths of an Unregulated Industry Dispelled | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

In these examples and others not addressed here, FDA has demonstrated that under DSHEA and subsequent legislation and FDA’s currently implementing regulations, the agency is able to and does address evolving safety, quality, and labeling issues to protect the public from adulterated or mislabeled dietary supplements.

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Monster Beverage moves away from dietary supplement claims

Monster Beverage moves away from dietary supplement claims | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
After selling its energy drinks as "dietary supplements" for the last decade, Monster Beverage (MNST) has decided to change its marketing strategy, and...
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Athletics and Herbal Supplements » American Scientist

Athletics and Herbal Supplements » American Scientist | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it

Remarkable sports performances at the end of the 20th century raised suspicions about supplement use by athletes, prompting the formation of the World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA. Shortly thereafter, the deaths of two professional athletes raised concerns that an herbal supplement, ephedra, may have contributed to their deaths. These events and others have prompted clinicians and scientists to reevaluate the role of herbal supplements in athletics.

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