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Medicinal Plants, Phytochemistry and Applied Botany
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A couple of coffees a day keeps bowel cancer at bay: Study

A couple of coffees a day keeps bowel cancer at bay: Study | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Coffee consumption decreases the risk of developing colorectal cancer, according to US researchers.
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Red wine may offer heart protection by altering gut microbiome: Study

Red wine may offer heart protection by altering gut microbiome: Study | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A compound found in red wine may reduce the risk of heart disease by changing the gut microbiome, according to a study.
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What’s hitting the shelves? Coffee brewed in maple water, acai juice with chia, and alcoholic root beer

What’s hitting the shelves? Coffee brewed in maple water, acai juice with chia, and alcoholic root beer | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
From new cold-pressed juices in the US to the alcoholic root beer category in Australia, we take a look at some of the new products reaching beverage aisles across the globe this month. 
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Key to Herbal Remedy’s Success May Be in the Bacteria

Key to Herbal Remedy’s Success May Be in the Bacteria | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Juzen-taiho-to, also known as shi quan da bu tang, is a most popular herbal formula in China and Japan and is used in the West by practitioners of traditional Asian medicine. New research suggests the remedy’s immune-boosting effects are due, at least in part, to bacteria that grow on the roots of one of the formula’s component herbs.
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You can thank diverse yeasts for that coffee and chocolate

You can thank diverse yeasts for that coffee and chocolate | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Humans have put yeast to work for thousands of years to make bread, beer, and wine. Wild strains of yeast are also found in the natural fermentations that are essential for chocolate and coffee production. But, as new genetic evidence reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on March 24 shows, the yeasts associated with coffee and cacao beans have had a rather unique history.
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Fruit juice isn't much better for you than soda. Let's stop pretending otherwise.

Fruit juice isn't much better for you than soda. Let's stop pretending otherwise. | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Soda sales have declined, but fruit juice has held steady and energy drinks are on the rise.
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Chocolate Can Boost Your Workout. Really.

Chocolate Can Boost Your Workout. Really. | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Cyclists performed better after two weeks of supplementing with dark chocolate, compared to those who ate white chocolate or their usual diets.
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High carotenoid intake linked to younger biological age

High carotenoid intake linked to younger biological age | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Increased level of blood carotenoids may slow cellular ageing, says a new study from Seoul National University in Korea.
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50%+ weight loss botanicals laced with pharma: French research

Over half of so-called 100% natural botanical slimming supplements are adulterated with unlabelled pharmaceuticals, according to French tests of 164 products.
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Will biggest danger from global warming be the change in diets?

Will biggest danger from global warming be the change in diets? | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A report claims that eating less fruit and vegetables could have the biggest health impact of climate change in the short term. Here’s the lowdown
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Cancer study identifies likely responders to immune therapy

Cancer study identifies likely responders to immune therapy | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
When neoantigens are found throughout a tumor, patients have the best shot at benefitting from immunotherapy drugs like Keytruda and Yervoy.
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Probiotics Are Common in Hospitals, but Evidence Is Lacking

Probiotics Are Common in Hospitals, but Evidence Is Lacking | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Many hospitals give probiotics to patients, even though there is little evidence that these so-called “beneficial bacteria” are safe and effective.
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Brain food: Clever eating : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Brain food: Clever eating : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Consumption of animals helped hominins to grow bigger brains. But in a world rich with food, how necessary is meat?
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Elderberry extracts may protect air travelers from colds and flu

Elderberry extracts may protect air travelers from colds and flu | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Supplementation with a standardized elderberry extract may reduce the duration and symptoms of the common cold for air travelers, report scientists from Griffith University in Australia.
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The Myth of Functional Foods | Fooducate

The Myth of Functional Foods | Fooducate | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The average American supermarket has 50,000 products give or take a few. Notice how ALL OF THEM are somehow labeled good for you? If it’s high in fat
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Healthy eating guidelines not eco-friendly enough, say scientists

Healthy eating guidelines not eco-friendly enough, say scientists | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Following global dietary advice for healthy eating could help avoid over five million deaths per year, but it will only cut carbon emissions by 29% - nowhere near enough to prevent global temperatures rising above two degrees, British researchers say.
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Women Could Lower Fracture Risk with Mediterranean Diet

Women Could Lower Fracture Risk with Mediterranean Diet | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Women who closely follow the Mediterranean diet, which does not include much dairy, still have a slightly lower risk of hip fractures than women with other eating patterns, a new study finds.
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Stevia’s star keeps rising: Mintel

Stevia’s star keeps rising: Mintel | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The use of stevia in non-alcoholic beverage launches increased 487% between 2011 and 2015, according to figures from Mintel, with carbonates and RTD iced tea in particular turning to the natural sweetener. 
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Drinking caffeine before pregnancy might up risk of miscarriage

Drinking caffeine before pregnancy might up risk of miscarriage | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Women may be more likely to miscarry during pregnancy if they or their partners drink more than two caffeinated beverages daily before they conceive.
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Fruits and Vegetables to Fight Cataracts

Fruits and Vegetables to Fight Cataracts | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Here’s another reason to eat your veggies and fruits high in vitamin C: You may reduce your risk of vision loss from cataracts.
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Green tea extracts may cause liver damage, Norway warns

Green tea extracts may cause liver damage, Norway warns | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The Norwegian food safety authority has warned against green tea extract supplements following reports of liver damage.
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Marijuana May Help Cancer Patients, But Questions Remain

Marijuana May Help Cancer Patients, But Questions Remain | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
A new review points to promising research on marijuana as a cancer treatment, but questions remain about the usefulness of the drug for human patients.
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Hunt for rare fragrance is pushing one of world’s most expensive trees towards extinction: Al Jazeera documentary

Hunt for rare fragrance is pushing one of world’s most expensive trees towards extinction: Al Jazeera documentary | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Rising demand for fragrant agarwood, coupled with the increasing rarity of agarwood-producing tree species, is fueling corruption, undermining global agreements meant to protect the rare trees, and is putting human lives at risk, a new Al Jazeera documentary called Scent from Heaven has found.
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Seeking medical marijuana? Don't expect much 'medical' oversight - STAT

Seeking medical marijuana? Don't expect much 'medical' oversight - STAT | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
Only a tiny fraction of people enrolled in medical marijuana programs in the US are getting any real medical oversight.
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How Climate Change May Affect Your Diet

How Climate Change May Affect Your Diet | Erba Volant - Applied Plant Science | Scoop.it
The effects of climate change on food supply could lead to more than 500,000 deaths as people around the world lose access to good nutrition
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