The February 2008 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition features eight articles from the NIH Botanical Research Centers Program, which is co-funded by the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements and NCCAM.
The articles highlight different areas related to the centers' research into botanical use, safety, and efficacy. They include evaluation of botanicals for improving health; technologies and experimental approaches to evaluating botanicals; botanicals and metabolic syndrome; echinacea in infection; botanicals for age-related diseases; ways in which botanical lipids affect inflammatory disorders; botanicals to improve women's health; and ensuring botanical dietary supplement safety.
The botanical centers are intended to advance research activities in plant identification, as well as preclinical research and early phase clinical studies. Each center has a broad interdisciplinary research program that focuses on collaborative activities. Each of the centers was created with a high potential for translating findings into public health benefits.
Swanson CA, Liu Q-Y. Introduction to the National Institutes of Health Botanical Research Centers Program. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.; Vol. 87, No. 2, 471S.2008