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This is an online course. You can take this anywhere you have an internet connection. You do not have to be present in our area to take the course!

Understanding Herbal Constituents & Plant Chemistry is now available in ten online modules. Each module is three weeks long and can be taken independently one at a time, or as the full program.

Polyphenols I: Phenolic acids, Phenylpropanoids, Coumarins, Furocoumarins, Lignans, Stilbenoids, Xanthones, Styrylpyrones

Polyphenols is a very large group that comprises numerous subcategories of important constituents found in virtually all our herbs and medicinal foods. This module explores the structures, relationships, actions, safety and occurrence of compounds in the first eight subcategories, which include many antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and anticancer molecules and a few specialized types like resveratrol and the kavalactones.

Module 6 Details:

    • Polyphenols, herbal constituents, and detoxification
    • Simple phenols include arbutin in Uva Ursi
    • Phenolic acids include ascorbic acid, gallic acid, ellagic acid, salicylic acid
    • Phenylpropanoids include caffeic acid, rosmarinic acid, cichoric acid
    • Coumarins are medicinal but dicoumarol is anticoagulant – safety information
    • Furocoumarins (furanocoumarins) are medicinal but also have some herb/drug interaction potential & some can cause skin reactions
    • Lignans (e.g., in Flaxseed) are beneficial hormone balancing & anticancer compounds; some are adaptogenic; some are toxic
    • Flavonolignans in Milk Thistle are hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, regenerative & anticancer molecules
    • Phenylpropanoid derivatives include curcuminoids, gingerols & shogaols
    • Stilbenoids include resveratrol; hormonally active & protective compounds
    • Xanthones in St. John’s Wort, Gentian, Mangosteen – antioxidant, anticancer
    • Styrylpyrones include kavalactones / kavapyrones in Kava – relaxant synergists

This three week module includes:

    • Two 2-hour recorded webinars with Lisa Ganora
    • One live Q & A session with Lisa Ganora
    • Seven videos (from live classes)
    • Two PowerPoint presentations
    • One detailed handout on herbal constituents & detoxification
    • Seven detailed study guides
    • Two quizzes
    • Two assignments
    • Access to live Office Hours & Discussion Forum

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