New BAPP Bulletin Summarizes Info on Adulteration of English Lavender Oil
July 9, 2020 – Nutritional Outlook
Majority of Lavender Products on Market Adulterated in Some Way, BAPP Bulletin Reveals
July 9, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
BAPP Publishes New Bulletin on English Lavender Oil
July 8, 2020 – WholeFoods Magazine
BAPP Publishes English Lavender Oil Adulteration Bulletin
July 7, 2020 – Nutraceuticals World
Elderberry Demand Continues; So Does Adulteration
July 6, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
Artemis International Doubles Down on Exposing Adulteration of Elderberry Extracts
July 6, 2020 – Nutritional Outlook
How Brands Can Prevent Adulteration from Poisoning Profits - Podcast
July 6, 2020 – Natural Products Insider
Challenges in the Botanical Ingredient Supply Chain
July 1, 2020 – Natural Products Insider
More Data Available to Support Botanical Immunity Products to Meet Rising Demand
June 24, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
Is Frankincense Good for Your Health?
June 29, 2020 – Yahoo!
Artemis Raises Concerns on Adulteration of Elderberry
June 18, 2020 – WholeFoods Magazine
Study Rings Alarm on Avocado Oil, Finds 82% Expired or Adulterated
June 18, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
New Quality Advocacy Group Brings Medical, Pharmaceutical Groups to Table with Supplement Industry Stakeholders
May 27, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
Is Plant Cell Culture Technology Finally Ready for Big Time?
May 26, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
ASD, Sustainable Herbs Program Spotlight Forest Botanicals
May 24, 2020 – Bristol Herald Courier
Quality, Ingredient List and Assurance Seal Most Important to Chinese Consumers - USP
May 21, 2020 – NutraIngredients-Asia
Euromed Commits to Second Herb through Adopt-an-Herb Program
May 12, 2020 – WholeFoods Magazine
Sustainable Herbs Program Launches Free Sustainability Toolkit
April 22, 2020 – Nutritional Outlook
SHP Publishes Sustainability & Regenerative Practices Toolkit
April 21, 2020 – WholeFoods Magazine
Sustainable Herbal Program Toolkit Provides Free Guidance to Botanical Industry
April 21, 2020 – Nutraceuticals World
Adaptogenic Combo Cuts Anxiety Among Cognitive Impairment Sufferers
April 13, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
Echinacea Demand Spike Likely to Cause Bottlenecks, Price Increases
April 10, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
ABC/ BAPP: ‘We Are Deeply Concerned About the Integrity of the Botanical Supply Chains’
April 8, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
Still Gold: Turmeric Studies Are Revealing New and Surprising Benefits
April 7, 2020 – Nutritional Outlook
Some Truths Endure, Even Through the Confusions of Today
March 27, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
COVID-19 Provides Another Reason for US Supplement Brands to Source Locally
March 27, 2020 – New Hope Network
Popularity of Curcumin Continues to Drive Ingredient Innovation
March 19, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
ABC Herbal Community Builder Award Goes to ‘Fire Cider Three’
March 18, 2020 – Yahoo!
ABC Giving Varro E. Tyler Award to Napo Pharmaceuticals
Feb. 24, 2020 – WholeFoods Magazine
Supplements’ Weakest Link
Feb. 14, 2020 – WholeFoods Magazine
Prominent Mexican Scientist Recognized by ABC for Contributions to Medicinal Plant Research
Feb. 14, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
Elderberry Growth Was Huge in 2019. Here’s Why. 2020 Ingredient Trends to Watch for Foods, Drinks, and Dietary Supplements
Feb. 4, 2020 – Nutritional Outlook
Five Drivers of the Correlated Growth of Cannabis, Herbal Medicine
Jan. 29, 2020 – Green Entrepreneur
2020 Predictions: Staff Changes at FDA, CBD, Personalization, and the Microbiome
Jan. 15, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
ABC Releases BAPB on Olive Oil
Jan. 14, 2020 – WholeFoods Magazine
Olive Oil Adulteration Still Among Most Common Cases of Food Fraud
Jan. 13, 2020 – Nutraceuticals World
Meta-analysis Supports Grape Seed Extract’s Cardiovascular Potential
Jan. 13, 2020 – NutraIngredients-LATAM
Paucity of Testing Ensures Olive Oil Adulteration Continues to Plague Market, BAPP Bulletin Says
Jan. 10, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
Reason for Optimism in Supplements Market
Jan. 3, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
Echinacea Extract Shows Mild Anti-anxiety Effects in RCT
Jan. 3, 2020 – NutraIngredients-USA
How brands can prevent adulteration from poisoning profits
July 6, 2020. In this Natural Products INSIDER's podcast episode Senior Editor Todd Runestad and ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal discuss how consumer brands can prevent adulteration and protect their brands. Listen to the episode here.
Supply Side West Overview
October 29, 2019. Judy Brooks and Roy Walkenhorst of Healing Quest speak with ABC Founder Mark Blumenthal about Supply Side West ingredients trends in the dietary supplement world. Listen to the episode here.
Late Night Health Radio
October 17, 2019. Late Night Health Radio host Mark Alyn speaks with Mark Blumenthal about Americans' health, plant-based foods, and more. Listen to the episode here.
Industry takes stand against botanical adulteration – audio report
June 26, 2019. Natural Products INSIDER’s Karen Butler narrates the discussion among Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanical Council and ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program; Holly Johnson, Ph.D., of the American Herbal Products Association; and Margaret Dohnalek, Ph.D., of Valensa International. Listen to the audio report here.
'Pick one thing and start' to improve sustainability
May 14, 2019. In Natural Products INSIDER podcast, Ann Armbrecht, director of the Sustainable Herbs Program, discusses how brands can start to ease the climate conundrum with Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER. Listen to the episode here.
Ashwagandha Gets Lampooned on Saturday Night Live. That's Great News!
March 28, 2019. Listen to Todd Runestad, senior editor, Natural Products INSIDER, talk with Mark Blumenthal, founder/executive director of the American Botanical Council, about what it means for consumer acceptance once ashwagandha gets lampooned on SNL. Listen to the episode here.
Wholistic Living, Lifestyle Management, and Sustainable Agriculture
November 28, 2018. “Plant chemistry is not static. It’s a dynamic interaction with the environment.” John P. Troup and Mark Blumenthal discuss sustaining life on the planet and the evolution of medicinal herbs in this episode of the Wholistic Matters podcast. Listen to the episode here.
The Science of Herbs and Phytomedicines
February 1, 2018. We now have access to herbs from around the world. How do we know which herbs are effective? How do we know which herbs are scientific studied? What about adulteration and fraud? Host Steve Lankford and Mark Blumenthal explore these questions in episode 273 of the Health Quest podcast.. Listen to the episode here.
Supply Side West 2017
October 2, 2017. Mark Blumenthal spoke with Laurie Petersen, WholeFoods Magazine editor-in-chief, about the evolution of the industry and his initiative to shine a light on the issue of botanical adulteration. The conversation took place at SupplySide West in Las Vegas, NV. See video here.
How Does Botanical Adulteration Affect You?
August 23, 2017. Natural medicines can really make a difference in our health and longevity. But great care must be taken to ensure the proper sourcing, identification, and standardization of these botanical-based medicines. Fortunately, most supplements are made following good manufacturing processes (GMPs), however, there is concern about adulteration in the global botanical marketplace. This free webinar is presented by Mark and hosted by Terry Talks Nutrition. See video here.
From NBJ Summit
September 19, 2016. Mark Blumenthal speaks on Fighting Ingredient Adulteration. Ingredient adulteration is the biggest problem affecting the supplement market today. Hear what herbal organizations are doing to help others understand how to properly identify and test incoming raw materials so they will not fall victim to inauthenticmaterial. See video here.
17th Annual CMA Annual Conference
September 15, 2016. ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal was the keynote speaker. See Mark's lecture on the topic of adulteration here.
Supplements Under Attack, Parts 1 & 2
February 9, 2015. Dr. Ronald Hoffman interviewed Mark for the Intelligent Medicine Podcast regarding the recent actions of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, based on potentially flawed testing of DNA testing. Listen to both episodes here.
Responsible Use of Herbal Medicine
Aug. 11, 2014. 88.3 WPPB. In this episode of Stirring the Pot with Stefanie Sacks, Mark offers insight into the world of herbal medicine and teaches listeners how to responsibly and effectively navigate the incredible array of herbal remedies now available to the public. Listen here.
Inside Botanical Adulteration
July 2014. Natural Products INSIDER’s Steve Myers interviewed Mark about the scope of the botanical adulteration problem and potential solutions, including how companies can limit exposure to adulteration by qualifying suppliers and only doing business with those who pass tests, as well as collaborative efforts undertaken by ABC, NCNPR and the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP), as part of the Botanical Adulterants Program. Watch the video here.
Your Best Resource for Reliable Herbal Medicine Information
March 15, 2014. Steve Lankford interviewed Mark on how we know what herbs are safe and reliable, what the best forms and dosages are, and more. Listen to the recording here.
Responding to Criticism of Herbal Products
Dec. 21, 2013. In this interview for Dr. Ronald Hoffman's radio show "Health Talk," Mark responded to criticism that herbal products are unproven, frequently adulterated, or worthless. A podcast of the show is available here.
The Best Way to Identify Botanicals
Nov. 26, 2013. In this interview from Natural Products INSIDER, Mark discussed the DNA barcode analysis study published in BMC Medicine, its flaws, and his take on the best way to identify botanicals. The video is available here.
DNA Barcode Analysis Controversy
Nov. 7, 2013. Mark was a guest on the radio show "Forum with Michael Krasny," broadcast by NPR station KQED. He was joined by three other guests to discuss the controversy surrounding a new study that purports to have discovered the adulteration of some herbal supplements through the use of DNA Barcode Analysis. The audio recording can be found here.
Adulterated Herbs: Black Cohosh:
June 13, 2013. Mark Blumenthal joined Board President Steven Foster for this webinar by Terry Talks Nutrition on the adulteration of black cohosh, based on the paper written by Foster and produced by the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program. The entire webinar is available for download from the Terry Talks website here.
The Science of Herbal Medicine:
April 9, 2013. Mark gave an hour-long webinar through Terry Talks Nutritions on "What Works and Why: The Science of Herbal Medicine." The entire webinar is available for download from the Terry Talks website here.
The Second Oldest Profession:
Dec. 20, 2012. Functional Ingredients editor-in-chief Todd Runestad site down with Mark to discuss the ups-and-downs of the botanical trade during this interview.
Evidence for Herbal Medicine:
July 10, 2012. Wellness Times Editorial Advisor, Lise Alschuler, ND, interviewed Mark in this 50-minute radio program about the scientific evidence substantiating the use of herbal medicines. The two botanical experts also discuss safety and other issues associated with the use of medicinal herbs. Listen to the interview here.
iHealthTube — Stevia and More:
June 22, 2012. Mark filmed a segment on stevia for iHealthTube.com. An additional 26 short videos that Mark did for iHealthTube.com on various herbal topics such as basics of herbal medicine, how to find safe and effective herbal products, and mixing herbal medicine with conventional medicine are available here.
Responsible Use of Medicinal Plants:
June 15, 2012. Mark was heard on the Austin, TX-based KOOP radio program "Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer." The show featured a discussion of issues involving research, regulation, marketing, and responsible use of medicinal plants and other alternatives to traditional Western medicine. The podcast is available for download here.
ABC's Mission to Promote Medicinal Plants:
June 1, 2012. In this interview at New Hope 360's Hall of Legends awards, Mark talks about the growth of herbal and botanical products over the last decades and the role of the American Botanical Council in legitimizing the concept of using herbs to improve health.
Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analyses of Controlled Clinical Trials on Herbs:
October 2011. At the annual American Nutrition Association conference, Mark gave this presentation on the safety and benefits of numerous herbs and phytomedicinal dietary supplements.
Herbal Insights — Chamomile, Açai, Echinacea and More:
Jan. 2010 - Nov. 2011. Healing Quest, co-hosted by Olivia Newton-John on PBS stations, has aired 15 Herbal Insight segments featuring Mark covering chamomile, slippery elm, peppermint, ginger, marshmallow, senna, licorice, turmeric, hibiscus, rose hips, aloe, açaí, açaí hype, echinacea and one on whether echinacea works. View the schedule to see when Healing Quest airs near you.
March 13, 2010. Joe and Theresa Graedon interviewed Mark Blumenthal for the nationally syndicated radio show "The People’s Pharmacy". During the show, Blumenthal discusses the errors, flaws, and omissions of the review article on herb-drug interactions published in early February 2010 by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, about which ABC issued a Member Advisory and Press Release. A podcast of the broadcast can be downloaded here on The People’s Pharmacy website.