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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.


tarragon Project 1: Botanicals and Metabolic Flexibility
Researchers of Project 1 are evaluating the ability of  extracts from bitter melon and Artemisia dracunculus L. to promote metabolic resiliency to “metabolic dysfunction” (i.e., insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, obesity) by regulating whole body substrate metabolism, skeletal muscle protein metabolism, and botanical-gene interactions in insulin responsive peripheral tissues.
Shilianhua Project 2: Adipocytes & Metabolic Resiliency
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 used to reduce ectopic lipid accumulation.
stjohns Project 3: Moringa Isothiocyanates for Metabolic Resilience

Researchers of Project 3 at Rutgers are investigating the effects of chemically stable isothiocyanates (ITCs) produced in moringa (Moringa oleifera Lam) as practical alternative to unstable and volatile ITCs produced by other plants of the crucifer family (Brassicaceae) for building resiliency and maintaining normal metabolism.

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