RFI Adopts Hibiscus
Through the American Botanical Council’s Adopt-an-Herb Program
RFI is pleased to announce it has joined the American Botanical Council’s (ABC) Adopt-an-Herb program
with the adoption of Hibiscus (Hibiscus
sabdariffa, Malvaceae), an herb
used in many traditional medicinal systems. For the next three years, RFI will
financially support the addition of the latest scientific and clinical research
on H. sabdariffa to ABC‘s HerbMedPro
database, an interactive and comprehensive electronic herbal database that
provides hyperlinked access to the scientific and clinical data underlying the
use of herbs for health.
“ABC is deeply
grateful to RFI for supporting our nonprofit educational mission and thus
helping ensure that information on H.
sabdariffa in the HerbMedPro database remains current,” said Mark
Blumenthal, ABC’s founder and executive director. “The information on ABC’s
website, www.herbalgram.org, and specifically in the HerbMedPro database,
serves as a reliable resource on herbs and other beneficial botanicals for
consumers, scientists, healthcare professionals, government agencies, and many
adoption of H. sabdariffa, RFI
continues to support ABC’s ongoing efforts to collect and disseminate reliable,
traditional, and science-based information on herbs, medicinal plants, and
other plant-based ingredients. The Adopt-an-Herb program encourages companies
and individuals to “adopt” one or more specific herbs for inclusion in the
HerbMedPro database. Each adopted herb will be researched monthly for newly
published articles and studies, and the herb’s record in HerbMedPro will be
updated as needed. The result is that consumers, researchers, health
practitioners, educators, media, government agencies, members of industry, and
others can use HerbMedPro via ABC’s information-rich website to access the
latest scientific and clinical publications on the adopted herbs.
an interactive, impartial, and evidence-based herbal database that provides
hyperlinked access to freely-available abstracts of scientific and clinical
publications on more than 225 commonly used medicinal herbs. Herb records in
HerbMedPro vary in size from those with a very large amount of published data,
such as Ginkgo biloba, with over
1,000 summarized entries and links, to Acacia
catechu (cutch tree or black catechu in the pea family) with fewer than 50.
A unique feature of HerbMedPro is that each linked abstract is condensed into a
one-sentence summary – thereby saving a significant amount of time for the
user. HerbMedPro is available to all ABC members at the Academic level and
a free “sister” site, HerbMed, which features 20 to 30 herbs from HerbMedPro
that are rotated onto this site on a regular basis. This site is available at
no cost to the public, thereby increasing the number of people benefiting from
updated information on adopted herbs.
adopters are recognized by ABC for helping to promote ABC’s nonprofit
educational mission and for helping to ensure that up-to-date herbal
information on their adopted herb is readily accessible to the general public.
This recognition will take place on ABC’s website, www.herbalgram.org, and in its
publications, including ABC’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram.
information on the benefits of ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb program is available by
calling Denise Meikel, ABC’s development director, at 512-926-4900 x 120.
About Hibiscus sabdariffa
Hibiscus sabdariffa belongs to a
genus of flowering plants with more than 200 species that are native to
tropical and subtropical regions across the globe. Various species of Hibiscus are used all over the world as
a traditional tea. Hibiscus
sabdariffa has antioxidant, antihypertensive, diuretic and
uricosuric (increases the excretion of uric acid in the urine) properties.
Recent studies suggest that hibiscus may help with metabolic syndrome,
specifically in lowering blood glucose, triglyceride, and total cholesterol
levels. It has been shown to lower blood pressure in pre- and mildly
hypertensive adults and may prove to be an effective dietary control for blood
pressure in this population.
RFI specializes in the
manufacture and supply of natural, efficacious and science-based ingredients
(including certified-organic as well as fair-trade products) to the food and
dietary supplement industries. RFI’s
vertically integrated business model includes an extensive global network of
RFI-controlled manufacturing facilities, an in-house applications laboratory,
as well as custom formulation, marketing and regulatory expertise. Founded in 1989,
RFI is a privately held company based in New York.
For more information about RFI,
contact Jennifer Diliddo at (845) 358-8600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the American Botanical Council
Founded in 1988, the American Botanical Council is a
leading international nonprofit organization addressing research and
educational issues regarding herbs and medicinal plants. ABC’s members include
academic researchers and educators, universities and libraries, health
professionals and medical institutions, botanical gardens and arboreta,
government agencies, members of the herb, dietary supplement, cosmetic, and
pharmaceutical industries, journalists, consumers, and other interested parties
from more than 70 countries. The organization occupies a historic 2.5-acre site
in Austin, Texas where it publishes the quarterly journal HerbalGram, the monthly e-publication HerbalEGram, HerbClips
(summaries of scientific and clinical publications), reference books, and other
educational materials. ABC also hosts HerbMedPro, a powerful herbal database,
covering scientific and clinical publications on more than 225 herbs. ABC also co-produces
“Herbal Insights” segments on the Healing
Quest television program, available on more than 145 public television
stations in the United States.
ABC is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS
Code. Information: Contact ABC at P.O. Box 144345, Austin, TX 78714-4345,
Phone: 512-926-4900. Website: http://www.herbalgram.org.