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NIH Awards $38 Million Over Five Years To New Herbal Supplement Research Centers

August 31, 2010: 12:01 PM EST
With Americans spending $15 billion a year on non-vitamin, non-mineral, natural dietary supplements containing herbs or herbal mixtures, the U.S. National Institutes of Health has decided it’s time to take a closer look at the products to help consumers make better informed purchase decisions. NIH is allocating nearly $38 million to study the safety, effectiveness and biological action of botanical products at five new dietary supplement research centers. Funding will flow through two NIH offices and the National Cancer Institute. The awards of about $1.5 million each per year for five years were made to institutions in Louisiana, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina. Botanicals to be studied include plant oils, garlic, soy, elderberry, licorice, black cohosh, St. John's wort and dong quai.
National Institutes of Health, "NIH announces five Botanical Research Centers", News release, NIH, August 31, 2010, © NIH
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