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By Hannah Bauman and Catherine Applegate
While the shallot is a smaller variety of the common onion, its active compounds are anything but tiny. Shallots have higher concentrations of beneficial flavonols, especially quercetin. The antioxidant properties of quercetin have been explored for their possible applications against certain cancers, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Read more >>

By Connor Yearsley
Seeking to bolster consumer confidence in the midst of the regulatory limbo of the US animal supplement industry, the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) created its Preferred Supplier Program. This voluntary program for animal supplement manufacturers, suppliers, and other service providers allows consumers to shop with confidence for the health of their companion animals. HerbalGram Assistant Editor Connor Yearsley spoke with Bill Bookout, the president of the NASC, to learn how the program sets and maintains high standards for NASC member companies. Read more >>

By Hannah Bauman
Natural products researcher Christof Jaenicke, MD, passed away on January 4, 2017. Born in Erlangen, Germany, Jaenicke started from a business marketing background and moved into the health care field, practicing as a pediatric surgeon then becoming a natural products research consultant. His legacy includes more than 20 companies in nine countries around the world, seven books, and innovative research on medicinal plants in Malaysia and Vietnam. Read more >>

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UPDATE: Since its publication in the December 2016 issue of HerbalEGram, the article “ABC Reviews Recent Consumer Reports Article: ‘Supplements: A Complete Guide to Safety’” by ABC Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner, PhD, has undergone a significant expansion, including the addition of an extensive table and more than 20 new references. Read the expanded article here.

Botanical Adulterants Program Publishes Bulletin on Adulteration of Saw Palmetto. February 1, 2017.

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Adrenal Thyroid  
The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood was written by Aviva Romm, MD, and published by HarperOne in 2017. The excerpt includes the table of contents and a selection from Chapter 5, “Recharge.”

The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution outlines how an overworked adrenal system can affect mood, energy levels, hormones, inflammation, immune response, blood sugar, and a host of other bodily functions, and offers a system of management free from conventional pharmaceuticals. Based on Romm’s research and clinical work with thousands of patients, the 28-day program uses botanicals, a healthy diet plan, and exercises for mental clarity to heal the damage done by what she deems “survival overdrive syndrome” caused by the stresses and excesses of modern Western lifestyles.

“The solution you’re about to discover will strengthen and balance multiple systems in your body by healing the root imbalances that are impacting you the most,” Romm explains in her introduction. “It will show you how to make simple, powerful, and sustainable food and lifestyle changes that ease toxic multisystem overload and bring you into a symptom-free life with renewed energy.”

The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution can be purchased at the author’s website and other online retailers. Excerpt ©2017, HarperCollins. All material is used with permission and may not be reprinted for another use. All rights reserved.
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Serious Risks? Report Highlights ‘Hidden Ingredients’ in Herbal Supplements. NutraIngredients-USA. February 7, 2017. A recent review found that herbal supplements are “often adulterated,” but experts disagree and note that such instances actually are “rare.”

Slippery Elm in the Herbal Marketplace: Past, Present & Future. United Plant Savers. February 3, 2017. Ethnobotanist Eric Burkhart, PhD, discusses sustainability concerns and stewardship guidelines for slippery elm, an “at-risk” tree.

Pregnant Women Turn to Marijuana, Perhaps Harming InfantsThe New York Times. February 2, 2017. Some women use marijuana to help alleviate symptoms associated with pregnancy, but early research suggests that THC may affect fetal brain development.

Hiring Freeze at FDA Dims View of Industry as Adequately Regulated, Experts Say. NutraIngredients-USA. February 2, 2017. Some industry leaders have expressed concern about the impact of the federal hiring freeze on the proper enforcement of existing dietary supplement laws.

The Threats to the World’s Chocolate ForestsThe Atlantic. January 31, 2017. In this podcast, experts discuss the “shifting role [of chocolate] from traditional medicine to potential wonder drug,” as well as significant concerns about the global cacao supply.

2017 Ingredient Trends to Watch for Food, Drinks, and Dietary Supplements: Adaptogens for Stress ReliefNutritional Outlook. January 20, 2017. As consumers become more familiar with their stress-relieving properties, adaptogenic herbs such as ashwagandha and maca are expected to become increasingly popular.

Study Finds Association Between Eating Hot Peppers and Decreased Mortality. EurekAlert! January 13, 2017. After analyzing long-term survey data from more than 16,000 Americans, scientists have reported a link between the consumption of chili peppers and a longer lifespan.

Pot Has Some Medical Benefits, US Academies Say, but Obstacles to Research LoomScience. January 12, 2017. A nearly 400-page report on cannabis has found “conclusive or substantial” evidence for its role in treating chronic pain, alleviating nausea caused by chemotherapy, and improving certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

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