An aid against periodontal diseases by PLANoràl®


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An aid against periodontal diseases by PLANoràl®
Periodontal diseases are among the 6 most common non-communicable diseases worldwide. In particular, gingivitis, a mild inflammation of the gums, which, if left untreated, may progress to more serious periodontitis, according to a survey conducted by the GfK research institute and sponsored by GSK Consumer Healthcare, affects approximately 23 million Italians. Symptoms and causes of gingivitis and periodontitis Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal[...]
Scientific naming of plants: origin and importance
Formal botanical names are used as the “lingua franca” for a unique identification of plants worldwide. Essentially, it is their scientific designation, established after the taxonomic classification process. It enables the identification of a plant irrespective of vernacular names, which vary from one language to another or even from one region to another within the same country. Today, the rules of botanical naming are established[...]
An aid against stress from the extract of Scutellaria lateriflora L.
Fatigue, mood swings, headaches, insomnia, weight changes and other common symptoms of stress are affecting more and more people around the world: according to a study by Assosalute before the pandemic, 85% of Italians had stress-related disorders; on the other hand, the WHO (World Health Organization) has estimated anxiety-related disorders to be the most common mental disorders worldwide. The Covid-19 pandemic, with its economic and[...]
Adaptogen plants: a help for psychophysical homeostasis
The cold weather and reduced daylight typical of winter are external stress factors that act on our bodies. Internal imbalances such as disorders in diet and sleeping, anxiety and fatigue can also play a similar role. Such conditions can disrupt the self-regulation capacity of our body, which naturally tends to a state of stability. When homeostasis is challenged by imbalances of various origins, our bodies[...]
Nicotine residues in spices: EFSA has just completed the risk assessment
Nicotine is the main alkaloid in tobacco and its harmful effects on smokers, apart from addiction and habituation, are well known. However, not everyone knows that, in addition to tobacco, nicotine is also found naturally and in low concentrations in other plants of the Solanaceae family – such as the tomato, potato, aubergine and bell pepper – where it plays a defensive function against pests[...]
Strengthening the body's natural defenses and preparing for the cold season through proper nutrition and botanicals
Seasonal changes are periods of the year when our immune system is more vulnerable. There isn’t a single cause for coughs, flu, sore throats, and other autumnal illnesses, but a combination of factors to take into account. Cold weather and the decrease in natural daylight hours during the day, which promotes more sedentary behavior, while not directly responsible for seasonal illnesses, can undoubtedly contribute to[...]
Medicinal and aromatic plants: cultivation or wild collection?
According to an analysis by Fortune Business Insights, the global herbal medicine market will grow from USD 165.66 billion in 2022 to USD 347.50 billion by 2029. This is unprecedented growth, not least as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, when people turned to traditional medicine to defend themselves against the infection. However, from 2001 to 2014, the global market for medicinal plants (MAP) had[...]
Hyperpigmentation, dark spots on the skin and natural remedies
Hyperpigmentation is a skin imperfection consisting of dark spots of varying size, caused by an overproduction of melanin, the skin pigment also responsible for tanning. According to data from an Ipsos market research study, skin hyperpigmentation affects more than 54 percent of women between 20 and 60 years of age and, particularly on the face, is perceived as the third most common aesthetic nuisance, after[...]
Plant extracts and sweating: an aid from nature for regulating a vital function
Sweating is a physiological mechanism through which our body emits a liquid produced by sweat glands in order to regulate body temperature and perform other functions, such as excreting ‘waste’ substances or non-verbal communication. However, while it is normal to sweat a little more than usual when it is hot, and it is normal to sweat a lot more than usual when engaging in strenuous[...]
Dyeing plants: a centuries-old tradition returning as a sustainable solution
Why has man, since prehistoric times, sought to surround himself with color? Where did he find the material in nature to meet a need so deep-rooted in his soul? The art of extracting colors from natural resources has roots that go back to the dawn of mankind, but with the advent of synthetic dyes – which are cheaper and more versatile – the knowledge associated[...]
Nickel in food: European Commission intends to set limits
In March, the European Commission launched a public consultation in order to receive comments in relation to a proposal aimed at introducing maximum levels of nickel in foodstuffs; at present, nickel is not regulated by Regulation (EC) 1881/2006, now replaced by Regulation (EU) 915/2023, which comes into force on 25/05/2023. As early as 2020, EFSA (the European Food Safety Authority) expressed concern about the presence[...]
Seasonal allergies: how to deal with them using plant extracts
The arrival of fine weather entices us to spend more time outdoors, but for seasonal allergy sufferers, even a simple walk in the park can turn into the worst nightmare. Allergies are among the most prevalent chronic diseases worldwide; according to the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS), the prevalence of allergic rhinitis is steadily increasing: in Europe, it is estimated at between 10 and[...]
New EU Regulation 2022/1370 to limit consumption of ochratoxin A
On August 5th, 2022, the European Commission issued the new EU Regulation 2022/1370, updating the previous EC Regulation 1881/2006, and amended the list of foodstuffs that contribute to human exposure to ochratoxin A. Underlying this decision is concern about the intake of foodstuffs, contaminated with this mycotoxin, in quantities potentially dangerous to human health. Read on to find out about the consequences of EU Regulation[...]
A new frontier: the use of botanicals as "green" raw materials in industry and artwork restoration
The use of botanicals as “green” raw materials in industry and art restoration is part of the growing focus on the environment and the use of “eco-friendly” strategies, in line with the challenges of the UN 2030 Agenda. Since the dawn of mankind, medicinal plants have been used to improve the health of humans and animals. However, botanicals can also be used in contexts other[...]
New regulation on green tea extracts containing EGCG
A new European Union regulation limits the amount of green tea extract containing epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that can be present in food and sets new labeling requirements.  Underlying this decision are health concerns related to EGCG, a catechin responsible for potential liver damage. Continue reading to find out the consequences of the regulation that went into effect on December 22, 2022, and the measures we[...]
A taste of Christmas: botanical extracts for food and beverage
Cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and star anise are the traditional flavors of Christmas. Where do these natural extracts come from and how are they used in food and beverage preparations? Find out in this article. Botanical extracts for the food industry Today, consumers are more interested in products with natural ingredients that can support a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Botanical extracts play an essential role in[...]
What future for global biodiversity?
Recently, the release of the WWF Living Planet Index 2022 turned the spotlight back on the health of global biodiversity. Let’s take a look at the findings that emerged from the report and the most significant threats facing living species.  Living Planet Index, a snapshot of biodiversity The Living Planet Index is an index developed by WWF that measures the relative abundance of vertebrate species[...]
Natural solutions to boost your immune system
As cold weather arrives, we get more concerned about our health. Spending a lot of time indoors increases exposure to viruses and bacteria, which cause respiratory tract infections, from seasonal flu to the now-established COVID-19. To defend ourselves against illness, we need an efficient immune system, as well as a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet to support our immune response.  Understanding the immune system[...]
Natural ways to stay healthy during season change
With the arrival of the cold season, our mental and physical well-being can be challenged. Fewer daylight hours and cooler temperatures can lead to a sense of depression and general discomfort, which is described as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Let’s explore what it is, as well as the best natural remedies to address the season change.  Seasonal affective disorder: causes, symptoms, and distribution The climatic[...]
An overview on pyrrolizidine alkaloids: the risks for human health
Natural substances and health do not always go hand in hand. Such is the case with pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA), a group of alkaloids derived from pyrrolizidine that includes compounds highly toxic to humans. Let’s find out more about them.  What are pyrrolizidine alkaloids and where to find them? Pyrrolizidine alkaloids are produced by plants to defend themselves against pests and herbivores and have been identified[...]
Natural antioxidants and their health benefits
Think about holidays, the sea, the sun… Behind the pleasant sensations evoked by these images lie potential threats, particularly for the skin.  It is widely known that exposure to the sun’s UV rays increases the production of free radicals, unstable and highly reactive molecules that, if not adequately counteracted, can damage the skin at the cellular level. The consequences can be the loss of tissue[...]
5 ways to start a sustainable business transition
When talking about sustainable transition, we are referring to the need for a radical transformation of society toward goals of equity and harmony with the Planet. Climate change, social inequality, and the risk of new pandemics are merely a few of the global crises that lie ahead. Rather than standing by, both individuals and businesses are called upon to do their part.  In recent years,[...]
Botanicals for digestive disorders and Helicobacter pylori infection
People have always resorted to botanical remedies to alleviate symptoms of common health problems and regain mental and physical well-being. Disorders related to gastric discomfort are no exception: hyperacidity, heartburn, nausea, and sickness affect 70% of the adult population.  Digestive disorders: an overview Stress, poor diet, alcohol consumption, drug intake, age, and a hectic lifestyle are among the leading causes of digestive disorders, which, if[...]
How the Russia-Ukraine war is impacting global supply chains
The tragic turn of events in Ukraine is once again threatening the global economy, with devastating consequences on supply chains.  As TV news brings back scenes that we hoped to never see again, the effects on the lives of people and businesses around the world are already evident: rising inflation, possible supply disruptions, and raw material shortages.  Just think of the consequences on the food[...]
Coping with anxiety in times of crisis: a help from nature
According to the World Health Organization, the global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by 25% in the first year of the pandemic. While the COVID-19 emergency continues, the situation is likely to get worse as a result of the Russian-Ukrainian war.  Mental health in the COVID-19 pandemic Over the past two years, demand for food supplements for anxiety and sleep disorders has peaked. Since[...]
Shaping an inclusive market: Kosher, Halal and Vegan certifications
Transparency and inclusiveness are increasingly central aspects in the eyes of consumers. Reading the label of a product, be it food, cosmetics, or clothing, is often not enough to reassure about the origin of the ingredients it contains. The demand for sustainable products is a trend that will drive market growth in the coming years. On the other hand, in a multi-ethnic society, companies are[...]
Pets and the Pandemic: How the Lockdown Led to an Adoption Boom
One of the most surprising side effects of the pandemic was the boom in pet adoptions seen during the early months of lockdown. Dogs and cats have helped their owners cope with feelings of anxiety and isolation linked to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. At the same time, an increased concern for the health and nutrition of our furry friends is leading to the[...]
Ten Books to Read for Plant Lovers
Thinking of snuggling up with a book this winter? With the holiday season knocking at the door, staying in with a good reading and a steaming cup of tea is an exquisite pleasure. Here you will find ten book recommendations for botany lovers: our reading list includes both classic and contemporary books, to explore the plant universe and its connections with other worlds, from history[...]
Promoting biodiversity and local supply chains: EPO’s commitment
The relationship between living beings and their environment is both complex and fragile. In a world undergoing profound change, ensuring the survival of the species and the harmony between humans and nature has become increasingly crucial. For years, our company has been working in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda, to reduce the environmental impact of our production and guide[...]
Healthy mouth, healthy body: the link between oral health and systemic diseases
The mouth is responsible for many daily actions, from nutrition to language and social interaction. For this reason, oral health deeply influences the quality of life: dental and periodontal pathologies such as periodontitis can affect the body as a whole.  In this article, we will shed light on the link between oral and systemic health and explore some solutions for preserving the well-being of teeth[...]
Protecting botanicals from adulteration: the importance of DNA barcoding
A test that uniquely identifies each living species, similarly to a UPC barcode, can ensure the safety and compliance of botanical and herbal products. This is the essence of DNA barcoding, a technique with many important applications, including the fight against adulteration. Discover more in this article.  What is DNA barcoding and how does it work? DNA barcoding is a method of species identification derived[...]
Voice drink with hedge mustard: a recipe from the University of Milan
The singers’ plant: this is the popular name given to hedge mustard, a wild plant found all over Europe. Opera singers have always sung its praises as a miracle remedy for throat disorders. Today, hedge mustard is also used in food preparations, where it stands out for its pungent flavour. In this article, we will shed light on its properties and present a recipe to[...]
Aloe vera: uses, benefits and concerns
Summer is coming, that time of the year when the skin is more exposed to sunlight. The shops are packed with products to prevent and soothe sunburn, like lotions and protective gels, many of them containing aloe vera. In this article we will investigate the properties of this plant, its uses and recent concerns. Traditional uses of aloe vera Aloe vera, Aloe vera (L.) Burm.f.,[...]
Have you already thought about the next food supplement for flu and common cold?
Here the right botanicals by EPO Click on each plant to learn more…   Common thyme               English plantain   Lime tree               Sundew               Black Elder  
Botanicals for SKIN CARE
Nature, Tradition and Science serving beauty! Dear Customer, we have selected some extracts to help you to formulate a food supplement for skin care! Botanicals have always been a perfect adjuvant for the beauty of the skin and body. Download here a short monograph and do not hesitate to contact us for more information.   EPO Team 
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