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Feb. 23, 2021

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ABC In the Media

Mushrooms Sales Growth in 2020 Promises Success This Year. 2021 Ingredient Trends to Watch for Food, Drinks, and Dietary Supplements
Feb. 15, 2021 – Nutritional Outlook

Thailand Approved Pilot Study on Treatment of COVID-19 with Andrographis paniculata
Feb. 17, 2021 – Nutritional Outlook

Curcumin-piperine Combination May Offer Blood Sugar Benefits for Diabetics: RCT
Feb. 22, 2021 – NutraIngredients-USA

News & Events Upcoming Conferences


Rapid Change in Himalayan Ethnobotany. March 4, 2021. Online. This free webinar will be a discussion, led by SHP’s Ann Armbrecht, with ethnobotanists Jan Salick, PhD, and Robbie Hart, PhD, about how climate change is affecting the flora of the Himalaya regions. Specific topics to be discussed will include how rising temperatures affect plant elevation ranges and phenology and how pollination, livelihoods, and harvesting are affected. More information.


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Medicinal Lichens. March 16, 2021. Online. This webinar will explore lichens, organisms consisting of both fungal and algal tissue that contain beneficial compounds originating from each. Subjects to be presented will include the different types of lichens, medicinal uses of these organisms, and how to prepare them for use. More information.


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Food Fraud Part I. March 17, 2021. Online. This online session seeks to educate associations, standardizing bodies, and government officials about fraud and how to prevent it, specifically elaborating on fraud concepts, those who are affected, the most prominent risks and trends in the global supply chain, and how to address them. More information.

ehs.pngEnvironmental Health Symposium. April 14-17, 2021. Online. This event will feature presentations centered on environmental sources of toxin exposures and their role as the root cause of chronic medical conditions. Specific topics to be addressed will include how to assess disease through an environmental exposure approach, how exposure to toxins affects immunity, how toxin exposure may increase COVID-19 risk, and more. More information.

ise2020.jpg20th International Congress of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology. April 18-21, 2021. Online. This international event will bring together esteemed scientists from all over the world to attend plenary lectures, poster sessions, and discussions with the goal of increasing the collective knowledge of traditional medicinal products, their influence in pharmacopeias, and how natural products factor into drug discovery, nutrition, and applied chemistry. More information.

Botanical MedicineSouthwest Conference on Botanical Medicine. March 26-28, 2021. Online. This online event will be replete with talks, expert-led panel discussions, and a pre-conference intensive focused on botanical medicine specifically exploring topics including botanical strategies for inflammatory bowel disease, naturopathic approaches to pain, CBD and mental health, and others. Discount code "SWstu" allows discount registration. Please add "ABC Student" to the comments section on the registration page. More information.

midwest women.pngMidwest Women's Herbal Conference. May 28-30, 2021. Online. Leading experts in herbalism and women's wisdom will attend this virtual conference for talks, workshops, a virtual marketplace, and other activities focused on herbal medicine and traditions. More information.

MexicanThe Mexican Healthy Products Summit. New Date: June 10-12, 2021. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This invitation-only trade show and conference is targeted toward attendees who wish to expand their business into the Mexican market and seeks to connect product suppliers with vendors and distributors. More information.

Screen Shot 2021-01-30 at 3.25.21 PM.pngCannabis Conference. Aug. 24-26, 2021. Las Vegas, NV. This meeting invites cultivators, retailers, manufacturers, and others working in the cannabis industry to attend talks and tour exhibitions presented by the industry's leading professionals aimed toward educating attendees on the latest technologies, solutions, and services that are expanding the hemp and hemp-derived product market. More information.

iseo2021x.jpgISEO 2021 51st International Symposium on Essential Oils. Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2021. Nicosia, Northern Cyprus. This international gathering invites essential oil researchers from all over the world to network, exchange information, and explore the emerging trends in the fields of essential oils, natural volatiles, flavors, and fragrances. More information.

SHE2021-Logo-Colors-200.pngThe Southern Hemp Expo. Sept. 2-4, 2021. Nashville, TN. This exhibition and trade show will bring together members from all sectors of the hemp industry including business, marketing, manufacturing, and farming to network, share knowledge, and explore the future opportunities and challenges in the exponentially expanding hemp market. More information.

polyphenols-2021-y.png14th World Congress on Polyphenols Applications. Sept. 23-24, 2021. Valencia, Spain. Experts from both academia and industry will convene at this annual conference to present and discuss recent findings in the applied research of polyphenols and their impact in the fields of nutrition, pharmaceutical science, microbiology, and biotechnology. The theme of this year's conference will be: "Polyphenols 2021: Strategies, Innovations, and Challenges." More information.


vacc-y.jpg12th International Vaccinium Symposium. Aug. 28 - Sept. 2, 2021. Halifax, Nova Scotia and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Abstract submission is open for this international conference focused on the latest findings in the field of Vaccinium research. The deadline for abstract submission is May 1. More information.

For a list of canceled/postponed events, please click here.

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curcuma longa turmeric

Curcuma longa is a low-growing perenial in the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) and is native to Southeastern Asia. Curcumin is an active compound in turmeric that has documented anti-inflammatory and antitumor activities.

Please enjoy this information on turmeric made available through the generosity of EuroPharma's adoption.

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ABC Talks
ann-book-cover.jpgIn Conversation: Ann Armbrecht and Rosemary Gladstar. Feb. 25, 2021. Online. The Sustainable Herb Program’s Ann Armbrecht, PhD, will present on her new book, The Business of Botanicals, which analyzes the herbal supplements and products sector through the purview of business. More information.

More of ABC's upcoming speaking engagements can be found on the ABC news page.

News & Events Media Watch

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Aging-US: Sulforaphane Promotes C. elegans Longevity and Healthspan. EurekAlert! February 3, 2021. A new study has associated supplementation with sulforaphane, a phytochemical found in Brassica vegetable species like broccoli, with an extended lifespan and healthspan in nematodes, credited to its effect on the insulin/IGF-1 signaling pathway.

This Food May Help Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease, Study Finds. Eat This, Not That! February 14, 2021. Data from a new meta-review article link eating peppers of the species Capsicuum annunum with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease credited to the anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-reducing, and weight-reducing effects of capsaicin.

Guayusa’s Profile Good Fit for Esports, and Game Training Platform Could Help Validate That View. NutraIngredients-USA. February 18, 2021. Some industry experts are touting the potential of guayusa as the supplement of choice for esports competitors due to it being a source of not only caffeine, but also chlorogenic acid and L-theanine, which together may act to amplify focus while maintaining a state of calm.

Goji’s Looking Good: Review Supports Wolfberry’s Benefits in Preventing or Delaying Eye Diseases. NutraIngredients-Asia. February 18, 2021. Emerging scientific evidence supports goji berries as a dietary strategy to preserve ocular health and stave off age-related conditions including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa.

Investigation Reveals 'Major Problems' with Bilberry Supplements. NutraIngredients. February 18, 2021. A recent investigation of 11 bilberry supplements in Germany has revealed that many of the products are of poor quality standards, with less than 50% meeting specifications.

Study: Curcumin Extract Combats the One-Two Punch of Gut Discomfort and Anxiety . NutraIngredients-USA. February 18, 2021. The results of a new clinical study show that a proprietary curcumin extract was able to improve gastrointestinal symptoms while concurrently improving mood and quality of life in a group of subjects previously experiencing digestive issues.

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News & Events HerbalGram
HG128-coverweb.jpgHerbalGram 128, available online, includes an herb profile on tart cherry (Prunus cerasus), a fruit traditionally used for urinary tract health now being employed for recovery from exercised-induced muscle damage and vascular health.
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Sesame seeds
Food as Medicine: Sesame (Sesamum indicum, Pedaliaceae)
By Hannah Bauman and Lisa Carrigg
Tiny in size, the sesame seed hides a powerhouse of nutrients that belies its humble stature. In addition to having an almost-complete protein profile, the seed, which is one of the oldest cultivated seeds in the world, contains high amounts of calcium and other minerals. The fragrant oil pressed from the seed has been used in medicine, cuisine, and perfumery since the time of the ancient Egyptians, all of which take advantage of its unique properties.

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ABC's HerbClipTM provides summaries and critical reviews of seminal articles covering medicinal plant-related research, regulation, marketing, and responsible usage. Most HerbClips are restricted to ABC members at the Academic membership level and above, but these two are available free for everyone:

Blackcurrant May Attenuate the Transient Impairment of Smoking-induced Acute Endothelial Dysfunction and Peripheral Blood Flow in Smokers

Chinese Skullcap May Improve Glucose Tolerance in People with Diabetes


HerbstractsTM is a service provided by the ABC featuring selected links to recent human clinical trials on botanical ingredients, phytomedicines, herbal dietary supplements, and/or related vegetable or fungal materials. The links are selected on a weekly basis from human clinical studies, systematic reviews, and/or meta-analyses of clinical trials that have been recently added to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database:

Effective Dose of Rhizoma Coptidis Extract Granules for Type 2 Diabetes Treatment: A Hospital-Based Retrospective Cohort Study

Limited effects of long-term daily cranberry consumption on the gut microbiome in a placebo-controlled study of women with recurrent urinary tract infections

Dietary supplementation with New Zealand blackcurrant extract enhances fat oxidation during submaximal exercise in the heat 

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