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Blauvelt, NY (Oct 13, 2010) – 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 others.”

With its 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.

HerbMedPro is 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 higher.

HerbMedPro has 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.

All herb 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.

More information on the benefits of ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb program is available from Denise Meikel, ABC’s development director, in ABC’s development department, or by calling 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.

About RFI

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 jenniferd@rfiingredients.com.

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 journalHerbalGram, 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/.

Written by Ginny Bank