Is the Saw Palmetto Supply Sustainable?
By Steven Foster
Image courtesy of Agnieszka Kwiecien
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Publishes Belleric Myrobalan Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium — First of Triphala Fruit Monographs
By Connor Yearsley
Image courtesy of Agnieszka Kwiecien
Food as Medicine: Hazelnut (Corylus avellana and C. maxima, Betulaceae)
By Jenny Perez and Hannah Bauman
Afrigetics Botanicals Adopts Bulbine through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program. February 13, 2019.
Tending the Soil at Avena Botanicals (video). February 1, 2019.
This book aims to introduce children to the world of wildcrafting and natural healing through accessible recipes and clear, authoritative text. The recipes range from classic formulations like elderberry syrup to creative crafts such as homemade soda, flower pancakes, and salves for splinters and stings. The book includes beautiful photos to aid in plant identification, contraindications where applicable, and basic instructions for safe and fun foraging.
Herbal Adventures can be purchased from the publisher’s website. Reprinted with permission. ©2019, Young Voyageur Press.
Bay Area Entrepreneur Wants to Make Asian Herbs ‘Fun and Enjoyable’ for US Consumers. NutraIngredients-USA. February 6, 2019. The California-based company Supherb celebrates the herbal tradition of Asia and aims to make it accessible for people who did not grow up with these botanicals.
FDA Focuses on Food Safety Education, Enforcement. Natural Products INSIDER. February 6, 2019. Eight years on, enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act aims to protect consumers and ensure the quality of products at every step along the global supply chain.
New York City Cracks Down on CBD Edibles, Saying the Cannabis Derivative is Unsafe. The New York Times. February 5, 2019. As CBD has not been recognized as a safe food additive, New York City is ordering restaurants to desist selling food products containing CBD.
Chinese Research Links Schisandra Extract to Reduced Risk of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver. NutraIngredients-USA. February 5, 2019. An extract of dried schisandra berries may slow down the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in mice.
The Secrets Inside the C.O. Bigelow Apothecary (Est. 1838). The New York Times. February 1, 2019. The treasure trove of artifacts in the Bigelow Apothecary tells the history of the company, medicine, and the City of New York.
Turmeric Polyherbal Supplement May Help Reduce Facial Erythema. Dermatology Advisor. February 1, 2019. A polyherbal formulation with turmeric was found to be superior to turmeric by itself and placebo in improving facial redness.
Can a Sports Nutrition Product Be Too Good? NutraIngredients-USA. February 1, 2019. Dietary supplements and the ingredients that go into them have to walk a careful line to avoid being labeled a “drug” instead of a “supplement.”
The Rosewood Trade: An Illicit Trail from Forest to Furniture. Yale Environment 360. January 29, 2019. Despite international efforts to stem illegal trafficking, the harvest of valuable rosewood trees continues in Madagascar, with potentially disastrous outcomes for the environment.
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FDA Takes Action against 17 Companies for Illegally Selling Products Claiming to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease. US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). February 11, 2019.
Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the Agency’s New Efforts to Strengthen Regulation of Dietary Supplements by Modernizing and Reforming FDA’s Oversight. FDA. February 11, 2019.
Patients Frequently Substitute Cannabis for Anti-Anxiety Drugs. NORML. February 7, 2019.
Report: Retail Cannabis Tax Revenues Surpass $1 Billion in 2018. NORML. February 7, 2019.
AHPA Submits Comments on Use of Dairy Names for Plant-based Product Labels. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). February 6, 2019.
WHO Announces Scientific Consensus on Medical Cannabis. Americans for Safe Access. February 1, 2019.
CRN Welcomes Release of 455-ANSI-Accredited Auditing Standards. Council for Responsible Nutrition. January 29, 2019.
NPA Asks for Consistent National Standard for Plant-Based Food Labeling. Natural Products Association (NPA). January 28, 2019.
Revised Hemp-CBD Status Report. AHPA. January 28, 2019.
NPA Files Amicus Brief in CA Suit in Favor of Schwabe and Nature’s Way. NPA. January 25, 2019.
NSF International Unveils New Contents Certified and Certified for Sport® Certification Marks. NSF International. January 22, 2019.
Kew Scientists Reveal that 60% of Wild Coffee Species Are Threatened with Extinction, Causing Concern for the Future of Coffee Production. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. January 16, 2019.
Natural Products Expo West. March 5-9, 2019. Anaheim, California. Find ABC at booth #4121!
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine. March 29-31, 2019. Tempe, Arizona.
Dietary Supplement Good Manufacturing Practices Compliance Seminar. April 2-3, 2019. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
SupplySide East. April 9-10, 2019. Secaucus, New Jersey.
International Garlic Symposium. May 28-30, 2019. Hiroshima, Japan.
19th International Congress of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology. June 12-14, 2019. Dresden, Germany.
More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.