education symposia nutrition
funding opportunities
The Botanical Dietary Supplements 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 have metabolically beneficial effects on adipose tissue such as promoting safe lipid storage and inducing a favorable endocrine profile. Studies in Project 2 are currently studying the potential anti-diabetic effects of fenugreek as well as the ability of some Artemisia species to favorably effect fat cell functions.

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.

Privacy Policy
LSU System Rutgers University PBRC