Medicinal plant lecture: food supplements from plants

When and where

10 September 2018
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4LE

Medicinal plant lecture: food supplements from plants

In the third and final installment of the medicinal plant lecture series of 2018 the topic will revolve around the use of food supplements and the journey of discovery in using plants for the benefit of health

1.30pm    Registration with refreshments
2pm         Lecture
3pm         Tea and coffee with garden tours of relevant plants by RCP garden fellows
4pm         Lecture
5pm         Drinks reception
6pm         Event finishes

Researching the Pharmacology of Nutraceuticals by Prof. Ruth Andrew, Professor of Pharmaceutical Endocrinology, University of Edinburgh.
“Nutraceutical” encompasses dietary components which may have health benefits, including fortified foods, functional foods and dietary supplements (e.g. vitamins, minerals, and herbal extracts). The quality of supporting evidence is highly variable, and inadvertent consumption of nutraceuticals can result in unforeseen interactions with prescribed drugs. Active ingredients are gradually being identified but their mechanisms of action are still poorly understand. Less rigour has been applied to this field of research and the route to the food market is not as highly regulated as with drugs.

Oranges and Lemons in scurvy – 1573-1797 by Dr Henry Oakeley, RCP Garden Fellow and retired consultant psychiatrist.

Why it took over two centuries and thousands of deaths before lemons were finally accepted for treating scurvy.