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Botanicals and Metabolic Resiliency

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Principal Investigator: 
William Cefalu, M.D.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA
United States

Over the last 5 years this Center focused on the evaluation of botanicals to prevent metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. In the next 5 years the team will focus on the ability of botanicals to promote “metabolic resiliency,” the ability to maintain health in the presence of stressors such as high-fat diet or inflammation, and to study the mechanisms of action of the most promising botanicals in this context. This Center will also explore the role of the gastrointestinal microbiome in the biological effects of the products studied, which will include bitter melon and fenugreek.

Research Area: Herbs (Botanicals)
Program: 
Botanical Dietary Supplement Research Centers
Partner Institution(s): 
North Carolina State University, Kannapolis; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick; University of Illinois at Chicago

This page last modified September 24, 2017