The Botanical Research Center has three major research projects. The goal of each major research project is to identify and further study a promising botanical. Researchers hope to provide the preclinical and mechinisms of action data necessary to translate their findings into dietary supplement clinical studies in humans.
Project 1: Artemesia Sp. & Insulin Action Researchers of Project 1 are evaluating the ability of extracts from members of the Artemisia plant species to enhance and modify cellular lipid metabolism while modulating negative regulators of insulin receptor signaling.
Project 2: Adipocytes & Botanicals Researchers of Project 2 hypothesize that botanicals that promote safe lipid storage in adipose tissues, such as St. John's Wort and Artemesia, can be ued to reduce ectopic lipid accumulation
Project 3: Pregnane Glycosides & Obesity Investigators of Project 3 hope to understand the complementary components of the mechanism by which Asclepias incarnata, a member of the milkweed family, enhances satiety and attenuates the progression to metabolic syndrome.