Academicians Form Committee To Spur Cannabinoid Research

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have appointed a committee to regulate existing and future research on marijuana and cannabinoid health effects. The body consists of 16 experts in the areas of marijuana, addiction, oncology, cardiology, neurodevelopment, respiratory disease, pediatric and adolescent health, immunology, toxicology, preclinical research, epidemiology, systematic review, and public health. …

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Research And Advancement of Medicinal Cannabis Stalled By Legal Regulations

Cannabis and cannabinoid products have been widely used to alleviate symptoms and treat diseases. Historical records have even shown humans using this plant as far back as 400 AD. Its usage varies from chronic pain to management of neurological conditions such as epilepsy. However cannabis is not without its side effects, some patients in controlled …

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Benefits Of Agarwood and Aquilaria Plants Uncovered Through Chemical Compound Isolation

The Agarwood is a non-timber fragrant wood of Aquilaria spp. (Thymelaeaceae) native to SouthEast Asia. It is regarded as a precious commodity for its various uses in medicine, religious rites and cultural activities. For example, in traditional Chinese medicine agarwood can be used to relieve coughs, gastric, fever and many more ailments. But despite its …

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Scientists Explore Artificial Methods To Meet Market’s Demand For Agarwood

The Agarwood is a valuable commodity, especially in the Chinese and Middle Eastern market where it is used for medicinal purposes and raw material for incense and perfumes. Agarwood is a resinous part of the non-timber Aquilaria tree and only forms when the tree is wounded and infected with fungus. Resin is secreted as a …

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Study Suggests Mangosteen-based Drinks May Be Potential Cure To Cancer and Inflammation

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but apparently it’s the mangosteen that will keep cancer cells at bay. A study conducted by International Chemistry Testing discovered that daily consumption of mangosteen-based drinks increased antioxidant capacity in the bloodstreams of participants by 15%. Results also showed significant decrease of inflammatory biomarkers without any …

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All Hail The Queen: Mangosteen Found To Be Rich Source of Cancer-fighting Xanthones

The mangosteen, a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asian countries is commonly referred to as the Queen of Fruits. This is because it’s often served as a companion piece to the King of Fruits, the durian. Local belief says that both fruits go hand-in-hand because the cooling properties of the mangosteen counters the heaty after …

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From Jelly to Vegan Superfood: Uncovering Gracilaria changgi Red Algae’s Nutritional Potential

Hidden in the mangroves of tropical Malaysia is a plant that contains the nutritional value of broccoli, soybeans and eggs combined. The red algae or Gracilaria changgi has traditionally been used as agar for gelatinous desserts in South East Asia. But a study on the aquatic vegetable has uncovered a wealth of nutritional content and …

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The Science Behind Seaweed’s Addictive Umami Flavor

Seaweeds are highly priced not only for its nutritional benefit but also its taste.  Whether eaten raw or cooked, it adds a distinct umami flavor to our food. The chemical makeup of seaweeds which bring out the umami flavor is called volatile compounds, and consists of alcohols, hydrocarbons, aldehydes, halogenated compounds, esters and other chemical …

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Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method help scientists better detect pollutants in edible seaweeds

Seaweeds are considered a staple diet in many Asian cultures. It is a good source of fibre, protein, vitamins (A, E,C, and K), essential unsaturated fatty acids, and minerals. Its low-calorie and antioxidant properties in particular are of interest to the health food industry, resulting in the uptake of seaweed-based productions. However like most marine …

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Gaining A Better Understanding Of Seaweed Composition Through Proper Preparation And Extraction Process

The study of seaweed biology is of particular interest in the scientific community after the plant was discovered to have various healing components, some of which are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering, antitumor, prebiotic, and antimicrobial. Seaweeds have unique functional compounds compared to land-based plants. They have a wide range of polysaccharides and hydrocolloids which can open …

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