Our most recent research centres around identifying the specific ways in which some of the 25,000 food constituents available in a typical diet are biologically active in terms of their ability to maintain and repair the wellbeing of particular physiological systems.Whereas most phytonutrient research to date has focussed on primary plant metabolites-those wellknown macro and micronutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals-our investigations relate to lesser understood compounds known as secondary plant metabolites, or phytoalexins, which plants produce in order to protect themselves from attack and predation or to attract pollinators. This category of compounds consists of a wide variety of phytonutrients-8,000 alone are flavonoids-some of which can bey specific to individual species of plants, but levels can vary significantly dependent upon variety, growing conditions, location, harvesting, storage and preparation prior to consumption.
Our research has examined specific compounds of interest within this category of phytonutrients, in some cases elucidating new mechanisms by which the body uses them to beneficial effect. Having done this we have then assessed their bioavailability, but more importantly identified the precise variables which cause differences in the levels in food based sources and ensured the concentrations of these compounds is maximised or optimised by precise methods of selection and extraction which seek to achieve maximal biological activity.
In practical terms this means screening plants to identify the richest food source of the compound/s of interest, then examining the confounding factors which may influence these levels and ensuring they are minimised to achieve our objectives and then selecting the most appropriate means of concentrating them without destroying the integrity of the food original food state. The final step is formulation development to ensure the compounds are presented in the most appropriate form to achieve the required nutridynamic/nutrikinetic objectives and then providing the most appropriate support in the use of our products to practitioners.
Some of this research has identified new cellular pathways which were previously unknown and has resulted in the development of revolutionary diagnostic approaches by affiliate companies for the screening of specific diseases. One of the first discoveries our team of researchers made was of the way in which the human body uses certain unique dietary phytonutrients to control specific cell types. This work led to the discovery of a group of compounds known as Salvestrols which are now commercially available as a nutritional supplement for recommendation by practitioners.