Nutrition, Metabolism and Body Composition
What to look for in botanical related research studies - a checklist.
Not all botanicals are created equal although it may appear that way on the surface. Botanicals are completely different from essential micro and macronutrients, which are defined chemical entities and are well characterized. For example, Vitamin C is vitamin C, regardless of its source. Not so for Echinacea or other botanicals. The following checklist provides some information to help the consumer of botanical related research be more educated about the research process and what should be included in any scientific publication that investigates botanicals.