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Red Cabbage vs Power Blueberries

By Caryn Rabin. Read the original aritcle on The Straits Times. Q: How does red cabbage compare to blueberries, nutritionally speaking? A: Red cabbage is a low-calorie food that is a good source of vitamins. But if you are looking for a big infusion of the potent antioxidants that blueberries are famous for, “you’re not […]

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“Put Your Best Fork Forward” at Events Sponsored by NCRC Partners

  Programs offered by experts at the NC Research Campus help people “Put their Best Fork Forward” in March during National Nutrition Month. Kannapolis, NC – “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is the theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month celebration. Sponsored annually in March by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this year’s theme is […]

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Protein-Polyphenol Mix Creates Shelf-stable, Natural Ingredient

Astronauts, protein bars and the development of natural ingredients may not seem to have a connection. In the laboratory of Mary Ann Lila, PhD, director of the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the NC Research Campus, they are all part of one project. Lila and her research team completed a […]

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Tips to Make Pokémon Go a Real-Time Healthy Experience

Whether players are catching or hatching them all, the NC Research Campus (NCRC) and neighboring downtown Kannapolis have Poke Stops, gyms, and plenty of Pokémon plus the scientific expertise in nutrition, plant biology and human health that, believe it or not, will boost your Poke play. Get those steps in As the Pokemon theme song […]

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MURDOCK-NCRC Seed Funding Voucher Awardees

The MURDOCK Study has awarded six $10,000 vouchers as part of the MURDOCK-NCRC Seed Funding Voucher Program to investigators from North Carolina Research Campus partners. Duke University and the MURDOCK Study are pleased to announce the following voucher recipients: Saroja Voruganti, PhD, UNC Nutrition Research Institute (UNC NRI) “A pilot study to identify polymorphisms associated […]

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Superfoods: Looking for health at the table

By Jose Carlos Marques. This article was translated from Portuguese. Read the original article  from Correio de manha. They call them ‘superfoods’ and promise many benefits. Experts doubt. “Açaí is suitable for all those seeking a very nutritious food with unique flavor, fat zero and with high concentrations of vitamins, reducing the risk of disease.” […]

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Join the Healthy Living Cooking Series to Reaffirm that Resolution for a New You in the New Year

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The New Year often allows time to reflect on lifestyle choices that can lead to a happier, healthier life. The Healthy Living Cooking Series, offered by N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), focuses on disease prevention and healing through food choices and preparation methods. Aubrey Mast, Extension associate in […]

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N.C. A&T to research new approach to peanut allergies

Read the original article on the NC A&T website. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University continues to lead the charge against peanut allergies, as evidenced by its recent $500,000 grant from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) for researching new immunotherapies. In the U.S., approximately 3 million people report mild to severe allergies […]

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Scientists Plan To Maximize The Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

By Stephanie Castillo Read the article in Medical Daily. Scientists from North Carolina State’s Plants for Human Health Institute are working to get Americans to eat more sweet potatoes, The News & Observer reported. “In many parts of the world […] sweet potatoes are well recognized as health-protective, nutritious foods,” Mary Ann Lila, director of N.C. state’s […]

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NC scientists savor sweet potatoes

By Reid Creiger Read the original article in the Charlotte Observer. At Thanksgiving and Christmas meals around the country, millions will say, “Pass the sweet potatoes.” But after the holidays, many people walking through their grocery store’s vegetable section instead will pass by them. Mary Ann Lila is working to change that. The director of […]

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Maize Homologs of Hydroxycinnamoyltransferase, a Key Enzyme in Lignin Biosynthesis, Bind the Nucleotide Binding Leucine-Rich Repeat Rp1 Proteins to Modulate the Defense Response

Maize Homologs of Hydroxycinnamoyltransferase, a Key Enzyme in Lignin Biosynthesis, Bind the Nucleotide Binding Leucine-Rich Repeat Rp1 Proteins to Modulate the Defense Response, Plant Physiology, November 2015. Guan-Feng Wang, Yijian He, Renee Strauch, Bode A. Olukolu, Dahlia Nielsen, Xu Li and Peter J. Balint-Kurti. Author Affiliations Departments of Plant Pathology, Plant and Microbial Biology, and Biological Sciences , North Carolina […]

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 Kannapolis Elementary Students become “Scientists for a Day”

By Megan Bame, NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute Twelve child-size lab coats are ready for wear at N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the N.C. Research Campus, in Kannapolis. On Tuesday, November 17, a select group of aspiring young scientists will experience PHHI’s latest community outreach effort, “Scientist for a […]

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New functionally-enhanced soy proteins as food ingredients with anti-viral activity

New functionally-enhanced soy proteins as food ingredients with anti-viral activity, VirusDisease, 15 Aug 2015,  Aizhan Sabirzhanovna Turmagambetova, Nadezhda Sergeevna Sokolova, Andrey Pavlinovich Bogoyavlenskiy, Vladimir Eleazarovich Berezin, Mary Ann Lila, Diana M. Cheng, Vyacheslav Dushenkov Author Affiliations 1. Institute of Microbiology and Virology, 103, Bogenbai Batyr Street, Almaty, 050010, Kazakhstan 2. Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, […]

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P2EP Research Symposium Recognizes Student Achievement at NC Research Campus

        KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – In 11-weeks, the 30 undergraduate interns in the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) graduated from students to scientists as demonstrated by the research results shared at the third annual P2EP Research Symposium held July 29 at the NC Research Campus (NCRC). Seven intern teams worked under the guidance […]

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Costa Rica, Dole and NCRC Launch Banana and Pineapple PhD Programs

        Kannapolis, NC− There are college students in Costa Rica balancing long hours in the laboratory with high-level science classes who are wondering where their education will take them. For at least two students, the answer is North Carolina. Dole Food Company is sponsoring banana and pineapple PhD programs in partnership with […]

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Costa Rican Scientists Return to NCRC for Planning, P2EP Symposium

    Only two months after their first visit, Costa Rican representatives return to the NC Research Campus to formalize collaborative research initiatives.  Kannapolis, NC– A delegation from Costa Rica returns to the NC Research Campus (NCRC) to discuss collaborative research opportunities, attend the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) Research Symposium and arrange for a doctoral […]

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Rowan-Cabarrus and Community Leaders Discuss Future of College’s Role in Kannapolis

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Directors, staff and faculty recently gathered with North Carolina Research Campus representatives, the mayor of Kannapolis and community members to discuss the future of Downtown Kannapolis. This discussion centered around the North Carolina Research Campus and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s pivotal role in the growth and development of […]

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Duke Energy Contributes $350,000 to NCRC’s P2EP

Wound-healing properties of oats and the nutritional content of cooked versus uncooked broccoli are just two of the research projects David Phillips, district manager with Duke Energy North Carolina, learned about when he visited the NC Research Campus’ (NCRC) Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) on Monday, July 13. Phillips presented $100,000 to P2EP. The check […]

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PHHI welcomes new researcher focused on berry and vegetable genomics and breeding

by: Jeanie Groh, Salisbury Post Read Original Article Dr. Massimo Iorizzo recently joined N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. An assistant professor in the Department of Horticultural Science, Iorizzo’s research will focus on genetics, genomics, germplasm improvement and breeding of small fruits, such as […]

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Cabarrus County STEM educators get hands-on at the Plants for Human Health Institute

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Field trips are opportunities to enhance the educational environment by going outside the classroom, and having a little fun. STEMersion offers teachers a week of field trips to local STEM-related businesses and organizations. On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 26 Cabarrus County educators participating in STEMersion will enjoy a field trip to the […]

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Blackcurrant Anthocyanins Attenuate Weight Gain and Improve Glucose Metabolism in Diet-Induced Obese Mice with Intact, but Not Disrupted, Gut Microbiome

Blackcurrant Anthocyanins Attenuate Weight Gain and Improve Glucose Metabolism in Diet-Induced Obese Mice with Intact, but Not Disrupted, Gut Microbiome, J Agric Food Chem. 2015 Jun 12., Esposito D, Damsud T, Wilson M, Grace MH, Strauch R, Li X, Lila MA, Komarnytsky S. Abstract Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum L) is a rich source of anthocyanins, however the relationship […]

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Research Campus gives interns experience during summer

By Mary Price Read the original story in the Charlotte Observer. Thirty college interns are participating in an 11-week research project on the North Carolina Research Campus. The Plant Pathways Elucidation Project continues research of previous interns into why and how plants can benefit human health. Holli Chandler, 21, an intern from Catawba College, is […]

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Research Campus gives interns experience during summer

By: Marty Price   Thirty college interns are participating in an 11-week research project on the North Carolina Research Campus. The Plant Pathways Elucidation Project continues research of previous interns into why and how plants can benefit human health. Holli Chandler, 21, an intern from Catawba College, is working with a group studying the anti-cancer […]

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P2EP Kicks Off Third “Summer of Science” at NC Research Campus

The third class of the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) kicked off an 11-week summer of science at the NC Research Campus (NCRC). This year’s class will not only work in teams to research crops including broccoli, blueberries, strawberries and oats, they will also be involved in cooking demonstrations and community outreach, engaging the public with […]

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Stability and immunogenicity of hypoallergenic peanut protein–polyphenol complexes during in vitro pepsin digestion

Stability and immunogenicity of hypoallergenic peanut protein-polyphenol complexes during in vitro pepsin digestion, Food & Function, May 2015.Nathalie J. Plundrich, Brittany L. White,  Lisa L. Deanb, Jack P. Davis, E. Allen Foegeding, Mary Ann Lila Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Research Campus, 600 Laureate […]

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Alaskan seaweeds lower inflammation in RAW 264.7 macrophages and decrease lipid accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

Alaskan seaweeds lower inflammation in RAW 264.7 macrophages and decrease lipid accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, 14 Apr 2015, Journal of Functional Foods. Joshua Kellogg, Debora Esposito, Mary H. Grace, Slavko Komarnytsky, Mary Ann Lila NC State University Abstract Chronic inflammation is characterized by macrophage accumulation in adipose tissue, which subsequently up-regulates pro-inflammatory cytokines and promotes the dysregulation of lipid metabolism, […]

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Community-Based Research as a Mechanism to Reduce Environmental Health Disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

Community-Based Research as a Mechanism to Reduce Environmental Health Disparities in American Indian and Alaska native communities , 2015 Apr 13, Int J Environ Res Public Health. McOliver CA1, Camper AK2, Doyle JT3, Eggers MJ4, Ford TE5, Lila MA6, Berner J7, Campbell L8, Donatuto J9. Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Research, United States Environmental Protection […]

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Phytochemical Characterization, Anti-inflammatory and Lipolytic Activities of Pistachio Hulls, Skins, and Kernels

Phytochemical Characterization, Anti-inflammatory and Lipolytic Activities of Pistachio Hulls, Skins, and Kernels, Apr 2015, The FASEB Journal, Mary Grace Dr1, Debora Esposito1, Michael Timmers1 and Mary Ann Lila1 1Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences Plants for Human Health Institute, NCSU Kannapolis NC United States Abstract Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and lipolytic properties of pistachio hull, skin, and kernel extracts were evaluated here. All […]

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Phytochemical Characterization And Anti-inflammatory Activity Of The Mexican Fruit Styrax ramirezii Greenm

Phytochemical Characterization And Anti-inflammatory Activity Of The Mexican Fruit Styrax ramirezii Greenm, Apr 2015, The FASEB Journal, Jorge Guerrero-Medina2 and Mary Ann Lila1, Michael Timmers Dr1, 1PHHI, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences North Carolina State University Kannapolis North Caolina United States 2Agrobiologia Department Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo Uruapan Michoacán Mexico Abstract With an increasing […]

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New Web Resource Highlights Research-based Connections Between Food & Disease

By Megan Bame Read the original article on the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute website. N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis recently published a new web resource titled, Healthy Living, found at plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu. The new section is focused on sharing information directly from PHHI […]

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Avoiding Peanuts in Childhood Makes Kids More Likely to Become Allergic

Written by Kristen Fischer Read the original article in Healthline News. Finally — some clinical evidence on whether or not to expose infants to peanut products. Over the years, experts have gone back and forth about introducing peanut products at an early age to children. The notion is that doing so can prevent kids from developing […]

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Meet Some of the NCRC’s Leading Ladies of Science

If headlines about a shortage of women in science are to be believed, a visitor to the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis would expect to see very few ladies on campus. At the NCRC, women lead institutes, direct research and are part of the next generation of scientists in training on campus. Senior Research […]

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Medicinal Plants of Israel: A Model Approach to Enable an Efficient, Extensive, and Comprehensive Field Survey

Medicinal Plants of Israel: A Model Approach to Enable an Efficient, Extensive, and Comprehensive Field Survey Joseph et al., J Biodivers Biopros Dev 2014 , Gili Joseph1*, Mina Faran1, Ilya Raskin2, Mary Ann Lila3 and Bertold Fridlender1 1Department of Biotechnology, Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel 2Department of Plant Biology and Pathology Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, […]

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Compounds leached from quinoa seeds inhibit matrix metalloproteinase activity and intracellular reactive oxygen species

Compounds leached from quinoa seeds inhibit matrix metalloproteinase activity and intracellular reactive oxygen species,  International Journal of Cosmetic Science – Wiley Online Library, Dec 2014,Brittany L. Graf1, Diana M. Cheng1, Debora Esposito2, Tara Shertel1, Alexander Poulev1, Nathalie Plundrich2, David Itenberg1, Nava Dayan3, Mary Ann Lila2 and Ilya Raskin1,* Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA2 Plants […]

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Walnut mystery finally cracked

By Reid Creager, Correspondent, Charlotte Observer Read Original Article Mary Grace has developed a compulsive habit over the past 14 months. But she’s not worried about it. “I love walnuts,” said the senior researcher for N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute in Kannapolis. “I can’t prevent myself from eating them while we’re working on […]

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Bioactive Capacity, Sensory Properties, and Nutritional Analysis of a Shelf Stable Protein- rich Functional Ingredient with Concentrated Fruit and Vegetable Phytoactives

Bioactive Capacity, Sensory Properties, and Nutritional Analysis of a Shelf Stable Protein- rich Functional Ingredient with Concentrated Fruit and Vegetable Phytoactives. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2014 Oct 31, Grace MH1, Yousef GG, Esposito D, Raskin I, Lila MA 1Department of Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Research Campus, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC, 28081, USA. Abstract Well-known health-protective phytochemicals from muscadine grape and […]

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Bioactive Capacity, Sensory Properties, and Nutritional Analysis of a Shelf Stable Protein-rich Functional Ingredient with Concentrated Fruit and Vegetable Phytoactives.

Bioactive Capacity, Sensory Properties, and Nutritional Analysis of a Shelf Stable Protein- rich Functional Ingredient with Concentrated Fruit and Vegetable Phytoactives. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2014 Oct 31, Grace MH1, Yousef GG, Esposito D, Raskin I, Lila MA 1Department of Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Research Campus, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC, 28081, USA. Abstract Well-known health-protective phytochemicals from muscadine grape and […]

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Concentrating Immunoprotective Phytoactive Compounds from Fruits and Vegetables into Shelf-stable Protein-rich Ingredients.

Concentrating Immunoprotective Phytoactive Compounds from Fruits and Vegetables into Shelf-stable Protein-rich Ingredients. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2014 Oct 29, Yousef GG1, Grace MH, Medina JL, Neff S, Guzman I, Brown AF, Raskin I, Lila MA. 1Department of Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina Research Campus, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC, 28081, USA. Abstract Co-delivery of edible proteins with […]

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Phlorotannins from alaskan seaweed inhibit carbolytic enzyme activity.

Phlorotannins from alaskan seaweed inhibit carbolytic enzyme activity. Mar Drugs. 2014 Oct 22,  Kellogg J1, Grace MH2, Lila MA3. 1Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA. jjkellog@ncsu.edu. 2Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North […]

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NC Research Campus seeks faster growth after slow start

By Ely Portillo, Charlotte Observer Read the original article KANNAPOLIS A billionaire pineapple company owner’s vision for the future of nutrition science rises next to Main Street in this former mill town, massive red brick buildings with soaring columns that contrast with surrounding one-story houses, shops and churches. Dole Foods owner David Murdock, whose diet […]

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NCRC Study Finds Polyphenol-Packed Diet Shields Athletes from Illness

BusinessWire September 22, 2014 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time KANNAPOLIS, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NC Research Campus (NCRC) scientists have found that a polyphenol-packed diet may keep athletes’ immune systems revved up before and after intense exercise. Numerous studies show that athletes, especially marathon runners, experience depressed immune systems for up to 72 hours after competing. In a […]

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P2EP’s Year-Round Scientific and Educational Impact

The 40 Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) interns at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) presented the results of their summer of research in an August 5 symposium sponsored by the NC Biotechnology Center. Through P2EP, a STEM-based workforce development program, the interns studied pathways in blueberries, strawberries, oats and broccoli that produce health-enhancing bioactive compounds. […]

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A need for a transdisciplinary environment: the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project.

A need for a transdisciplinary environment: the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project. Trends Plant Sci. 2014 Aug, Reid RW1, Brouwer CR1, Jackson EW2, Lila MA3. Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics, 150 Research Campus Drive, Suite 3333, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA. 2General Mills, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA. 3Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC […]

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Scientific coalition studies plants’ role in fighting disease

By Hannah Miller View the article as published in the Charlotte Observer. View the article as published in the Raleigh News & Observer. In the worldwide search to learn more about plants’ role in fighting human disease, an unusual coalition has formed at North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. It’s made up of academic and […]

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Reducing Food Allergies, Healthcare Costs and Saving Lives

Link to original article in Business Today These days, company picnics and parties are just as worrisome as they are fun. Cost and logistics top the list of concerns, but add to that the potentially deadly affects of food allergies. Food allergies are a legitimate problem for anyone from restaurant owners to families. According to […]

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Local Research Team Makes Medical Advancement for Peanut Allergies

WCCB Charlotte June 17, 2014 Link to the original story and video. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The number of kids suffering from a peanut allergy has tripled between the years of 1997 and 2008. That’s according to FoodAllergy.Org. Fortunately, a local team of NC State researchers is giving kids hope to ease the challenge. Dr. Mary […]

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NC State team takes aim at peanut allergies

By Reid Creager, News & Observer Link to original article Link to the article in the Charlotte Observer. A team of scientists in Mary Ann Lila’s lab at N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute has developed a peanut-based flour that could lessen life-threatening allergic reactions to peanuts. N.C. STATE UNIVERSITY You’ve heard the horror stories or […]

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Quinoa seeds leach phytoecdysteroids and other compounds with anti-diabetic properties

Quinoa seeds leach phytoecdysteroids and other compounds with anti-diabetic properties. Food Chemistry. November 15, 2014. Brittany L. Grafa, Alexander Pouleva, Peter Kuhna, Mary H. Graceb, Mary Ann Lilab, Ilya Raskina, A Department of Plant Biology & Pathology, Rutgers University, 59 Dudley Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA; Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, […]

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Efficient preparative isolation and identification of walnut bioactive components using high-speed counter-current chromatography and LC-ESI-IT-TOF-MS

Efficient preparative isolation and identification of walnut bioactive components using high-speed counter-current chromatography and LC-ESI-IT-TOF-MS. Food Chemistry. Sep 1, 2014 Epub Mar 1, 2014. Grace MH1, Warlick CW1, Neff SA1, Lila MA2. 1Plants for Human Health Institute, Food Bioprocessing and Nutritional Sciences, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA.; 2Plants for Human Health Institute, Food […]

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Making Healthy ‘Grits’ in Africa with Dr. Mary Ann Lila

By: David Hunt, Carolina Wild Nearly 8,000 miles, an ocean and seven time zones separate the small town of Kannapolis, N.C. from the heartland of southern Africa. Food scientist Mary Ann Lila knows the distance all too well. She’s visited 17 African countries in the past eight years. But she doesn’t measure the distance solely in miles. […]

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Novel Strategy To Create Hypoallergenic Peanut Protein-Polyphenol Edible Matrices for OralImmunotherapy.

Novel Strategy To Create Hypoallergenic Peanut Protein-Polyphenol Edible Matrices for OralImmunotherapy. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. May 2, 2014. [Epub ahead of print] Plundrich NJ, Kulis M, White BL, Grace MH, Guo R, Burks AW, Davis JP, Lila MA. Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State […]

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A new approach to treating peanut, food allergies

R&D Magazine These days, more and more people seem to have food allergies, which can sometimes have life-threatening consequences. In the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report the development of a new type of flour that someday could be used in food-based therapies to help people better tolerate their allergy triggers, including peanuts. […]

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Research suggests Alaska seaweed may be potent weapon against diabetes, obesity

by: Yereth Rosen, Alaska Dispatch     Plants growing in the waters of Southeast Alaska have to be tough to withstand the strong tides, cold temperatures, relentless summer daylight and abundance of plant-nibbling species. That toughness, it turns out, can also result in health benefits for the people who eat the plants, according to emerging research […]

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Study: Blueberries may reduce Parkinson’s risk

Blueberries Dr. Mary Ann Lila, blueberry researcher and director of North Carolina State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, holds up blueberries and a blueberry product. Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:20 am Study: Blueberries may reduce Parkinson’s risk Independent Tribune staff The Independent Tribune KANNAPOLIS, N.C. […]

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Researchers in Kannapolis Release Study That May Link Blueberries With Prevention of Parkinson’s

View the story on Fox46 By: Robin Kanady, Digitial Journalist, Fox46 Carolinas April 24, 2014 A team of researchers, including a group from the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, may have proven a link between eating blueberries and a reduction in the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Their study was published in a March […]

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Stable, water extractable isothiocyanates from Moringa oleifera leaves attenuate inflammation in vitro.

Stable, water extractable isothiocyanates from Moringa oleifera leaves attenuate inflammation in vitro. Phytochemistry. 2014 Apr 11. pii: S0031-9422(14)00147-2. doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2014.03.028. [Epub ahead of print]Waterman C, Cheng DM, Rojas-Silva P, Poulev A, Dreifus J, Lila MA, Raskin I. Department of Plant Biology & Pathology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina […]

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Study: Blueberries help reduce Parkinson’s risk

The Packer 04/09/2014 02:36:00 PM Doug Ohlemeier A new study shows eating blueberries reduces the risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease and may protect human brain performance. A group of scientists from North Carolina State University, Purdue University and Rutgers University investigated how extracts from blueberries, grape seeds, hibiscus, blackcurrant and Chinese mulberries, all of which […]

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Reaping a Healthy Harvest

<!– ­http://research.ncsu.edu/results/2014/04/healthy-harvest/ By David Hunt Nearly 8,000 miles, an ocean and seven time zones separate the small town of Kannapolis, N.C. from the heartland of southern Africa. Food scientist Mary Ann Lila knows the distance all too well. She’s visited 17 African countries in the past eight years. But she doesn’t measure the distance solely […]

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Neuroprotective effects of anthocyanin- and proanthocyanidin-rich extracts in cellular models of Parkinson’s disease

Neuroprotective effects of anthocyanin- and proanthocyanidin-rich extracts in cellular models of Parkinson’s disease. Brain Research. February 2014. Epub ahead of print. Katherine E. Strathearn, Gad G. Yousef, Mary H. Grace, Susan L. Roy, Mitali A. Tambe, Mario G. Ferruzzi, Qing-Li Wu, James E. Simon, Mary Ann Lila and Jean-Christophe Rochet. Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University; Departments of Food Science […]

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Impact of Interspecific Introgression on Anthocyanin Profiles of Southern Highbush Blueberry

Impact of Interspecific Introgression on Anthocyanin Profiles of Southern Highbush Blueberry. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. March 2014. Gad G. Yousef1, Mary Ann Lila2, Ivette Guzman3, James R. Ballington4; Allan F. Brown1 1Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Horticultural Science and Department of Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina Research […]

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Blueberries hailed as best brain food

Published: 6:01AM Saturday March 01, 2014 Source: ONE News TVNZ.co.nz A new study has found that blueberries may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Around 10,000 Kiwi’s suffer from Parkinson’s disease and it’s estimated that 1% of all Kiwis over the age of 60 have the incurable condition. Now a study conducted by scientists at the […]

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Inhibitory Effects of Wild Blueberry Anthocyanins and Other Flavonoids on Biomarkers of Acute and Chronic Inflammation in Vitro

Inhibitory Effects of Wild Blueberry Anthocyanins and Other Flavonoids on Biomarkers of Acute and Chronic Inflammation in Vitro. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Jan 17, 2014. [Epub ahead of print] Esposito D, Chen A, Grace MH, Komarnytsky S, Lila MA. Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University , Kannapolis, North Carolina. Abstract Wild lowbush blueberries ( Vaccinium […]

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Effects of a high fat meal matrix and protein complexation on the bioaccessibility of blueberry anthocyanins using the TNO gastrointestinal model (TIM-1)

Effects of a high fat meal matrix and protein complexation on the bioaccessibility of blueberry anthocyanins using the TNO gastrointestinal model (TIM-1). Food Chemistry. E-pub January 2014. David M. Ribnicky, Diana E. Roopchand, Andrew Oren, Mary Grace, Alexander Poulev, Mary Ann Lila, Robert Havenaar and Ilya Raskin. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers the […]

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Blueberry Benefits

Growing Magazine – January, 2014 FEATURES Blueberry Benefits Researching the fruit’s health properties By Rocky Womack Click image to enlarge. Mary Ann Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at NCSU, says blueberries contain a variety of phytochemicals that may help people with cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, to name a few. […]

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Food-compatible method for the efficient extraction and stabilization of cranberry pomace polyphenols.

Food-compatible method for the efficient extraction and stabilization of cranberry pomace polyphenols. Food Chemistry. December 15, 2013. Diana E. Roopchand, Christian G. Krueger, Kristin Moskal, Bertold Fridlender, Mary Ann Lila, Ilya Raskin. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; Complete Phytochemical Solutions, LLC, Cambridge, WI; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Reed […]

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Comparative Analysis of Phenolic Content and Profile, Antioxidant Capacity, and Anti-inflammatory Bioactivity in Wild Alaskan and Commercial Vaccinium Berries.

Comparative Analysis of Phenolic Content and Profile, Antioxidant Capacity, and Anti-inflammatory Bioactivity in Wild Alaskan and Commercial Vaccinium Berries. Journal of Agriculture Food Chemistry. November 19, 2013 [Epub ahead of print] Grace MH, Esposito D, Dunlap KL, Lila MA. Plants for Human Health Institute, Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences Department, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Research […]

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Cook to Preserve Phyto-Nutrient Benefits

A study led by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health found that the risk of type 2 diabetes was reduced by seven percent when people ate three servings per week of blueberries, grapes and raisins. Getting the maximum health benefits from fruits like these depends on how they are prepared. A study by […]

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Decoded Antioxidants in Blueberries Speed Up Metabolism

Counsel & Heal Michelle Gil Update Date: Oct 11, 2013 10:23 AM EDT “Eat your blueberries!” say human performance researchers. Who knew this teeny tiny fruit could be such a gem in providing a better workout. Surely, you might have stumbled upon a sticker on your blueberry casing at the supermarket labeled “high in antioxidants”. […]

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New Study Finds Benefits of Combining Blueberries and Exercise

PR Web According to the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, researchers have discovered that combining blueberries with exercise offers two potential health benefits – the ability for the body to burn fat longer after exercise, and improved absorption of inflammation-reducing antioxidant compounds called polyphenols. Weekend warriors and elite athletes can benefit from combining blueberries […]

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Grandma’s advice to “eat your fruits and vegetables” was correct

UNC TV- Watch the Science Now segment.  KANNAPOLIS – We all know that Grandma’s advice to “eat your fruits and vegetables” was correct. Now there’s new research, and a new way to eat the “good stuff” that is found in fruits and vegetables, that makes following that advice even easier. First though, here’s a unique […]

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Blueberry study bears fruit at Research Campus

Tim ReavesDr. David Nieman, director of the Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab, shows an experimental, polyphenol-rich product at his lab on the North Carolina Research Campus on Wednesday. Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 8:33 am | Updated: 8:58 am, Fri Jan 24, 2014. By Tim Reaves independenttribune Posted on Sep 21, 2013by Tim Reaves […]

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Exercise and Polyphenols: Absorption and Afterburn Effect

Scientists from Appalachian State University (ASU), Dole Food Company and NC State University are some of the first to find in a human trial that following exercise polyphenols enter the body in elevated levels via the colon and that polyphenolic metabolism is ramped up for 14 hours after exercise. In the joint study, long-distance runners were given […]

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Serum Metabolic Signatures Induced By a Three-Day Intensified Exercise Period Persist After 14 h of Recovery in Runners

Serum Metabolic Signatures Induced By a Three-Day Intensified Exercise Period Persist After 14 h of Recovery in Runners. Journal of Proteome Research. 2013 Sep 13 [Epub ahead of print]. Nieman DC, Shanely RA, Gillitt ND, Pappan KL, Lila MA. Human Performance Laboratory, Appalachian State University, Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory and NC State University Plants for […]

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N.C. Scientists Work To Develop Fat-Burning Product

Thu, 09/12/2013 – 10:30am Richard Craver, Winston-Salem Journal Get today’s manufacturing headlines and news – Sign up now! WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — It sounds on the surface like a too-good-to-be-true infomercial offer – boost your metabolism and burn fat during your sleep. However, a group of scientists at the N.C. Research Campus, led by researcher […]

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Researchers track enhanced “leaky gut” effect of exercise

University News BOONE—In science, the pursuit to prove one hypothesis often leads to a different discovery. Such was the case for researchers from Appalachian State University, Dole Food Company and N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute. A runner drinks a blueberry and green tea polyphenol-soy protein complex prior to participating in a study […]

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ASU study shows another fruit, veggie eating aid

Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 10:45 pm | Updated: 10:05 am, Mon Sep 9, 2013. Richard Craver/Winston-Salem Journal David Nieman   It sounds on the surface like a too-good-to-be-true infomercial offer – boost your metabolism and burn fat during your sleep. However, a group of scientists at the N.C. Research Campus, led by researcher David […]

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Phytochemical Changes in Phenolics, Anthocyanins, Ascorbic Acid, and Carotenoids Associated with Sweetpotato Storage and Impacts on Bioactive Properties.

Phytochemical Changes in Phenolics, Anthocyanins, Ascorbic Acid, and Carotenoids Associated with Sweetpotato Storage and Impacts on Bioactive Properties. Food Chemistry. E-Pub September 5, 2013. Mary H. Grace , Gad Yousef, Sally J. Gustafson, Van-Den Truong, G. Craig Yencho , Mary Ann Lila. Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North […]

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Exercise and Polyphenols- Absorption and Afterburn Effect First to be Found in Human Study

NCRC News For Immediate Release   Contacts: Phyllis Beaver Marketing Director NC Research Campus Justin Moore Extension Communications NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute Jane Nicholson Director of University News Appalachian State University Read the full story.   (NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC- September 3, 2013) New findings from a collaborative study by […]

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Berry Good for You

Tara Losinski | August 14th, 2013 Summer’s sweet treats are heartier and healthier than we thought.   Newfoundland blueberries are better for you. I’ve often heard the claim from my  brethren on The Rock. It’s a harsh life for berries, blue or otherwise, on North America’s most easterly isle; the growing season is short, the […]

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Update On The North Carolina Research Campus

Charlotte Talks   It was a dark and uncertain time for Kannapolis ten years ago when the historic Pillowtex plant shut down. Since then, the town has seen much change, both physically and economically. The economic downturn a few years ago put a delay in the metamorphosis that Kannapolis was in the process of in […]

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Biosynthesis of highly enriched 13C-lycopene for human metabolic studies using repeated batch tomato cell culturing with13C-glucose.

Biosynthesis of highly enriched 13C-lycopene for human metabolic studies using repeated batch tomato cell culturing with13C-glucose. Food Chemistry, August 2013. Nancy Engelmann Moran, Randy B. Rogers, Chi-Hua Lue, Lauren E. Conlon, Mary Ann Lila, Steven K. Clinton, John W. Erdman Jr. Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ohio State […]

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Researchers seek to understand plants’ pathways to better health

The Packer 7/24/2013 11:47:00 AM Coral Beach A new program at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis that is funded by industry and academia promises to train tomorrow’s scientists while finding how to grow more healthful fruits and vegetables. Dubbed the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP), the program kicks off this summer with $1.5 […]

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North Dakota Students & North Carolina State Attempt to Make History Together

KX News Posted: Jul 18, 2013 6:01 PM EST Updated: Jul 26, 2013 10:50 PM EST By Barbara Sharp, Reporter “Maybe you’re not diabetic, but you need something to help you break down starch and help digest and move things, move things along,” says the instructor at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. That “something” […]

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New research trial shows blueberries’ potential

Scoop Independent News .New research trial shows blueberries’ potential for reducing hyperglycemia, weight gain and cholesterol levels. “The blueberry’s ability to intervene in conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity is of critical importance,” says trial leader. The results of a recently published research study highlight blueberries’ potential to play a significant role in […]

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Stable Binding of Alternative Protein-Enriched Food Matrices with Concentrated Cranberry Bioflavonoids for Functional Food Applications

Stable Binding of Alternative Protein-Enriched Food Matrices with Concentrated Cranberry Bioflavonoids for Functional Food Applications. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. July 1, 2013, [Epub ahead of print] Grace MH, Guzman I, Roopchand DE, Moskal K, Cheng DM, Pogrebnyak N, Raskin I, Howell A, Lila MA. Plants for Human Health Institute, Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition […]

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NC Research Campus launches plant project for college students

  Jennifer Thomas Staff Writer- Charlotte Business Journal Academic and industry partners at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis have launched a $1.5 million initiative to engage college students from across the state in education and research. The program, called the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project, will center on how plants, including fruits and vegetables, benefit […]

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Food-compatible method for the efficient extraction and stabilization of cranberry pomace polyphenols

Food-compatible method for the efficient extraction and stabilization of cranberry pomace polyphenols. Food Chemistry. E-pub June 21, 2013. Diana E. Roopchand, Christian G. Krueger, Kristin Moskal, Bertold Fridlendere, Mary Ann Lila, Ilya Raskin. The State University of New Jersey, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick,NJ;  Complete Phytochemical Solutions, LLC, Cambridge, WI; University of […]

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N.C. State researchers create fruit- and vegetable-infused ingredients for U.S. Army rations

North Carolina State University has gained support from the U.S. Army to create functional food ingredients from fruits and vegetables that will be used to develop healthier, more portable combat rations for soldiers. Researchers with N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute, located at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, are infusing protein powders and […]

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Researchers work on tastier, healthier military combat rations

The GrowerVicky Boyd Courtesy North Carolina State UniversityNorth Carolina State University researchers are developing protein powders infused with healthful plant nutrients.Even the armed forces are getting on the health bandwagon and are incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their menus. But the produce won’t be in the same form as it is at schools and […]

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Berries for Better Health

Summer is a great time of year for many reasons, one of which is the abundant supply of fresh berries. Although many varieties are available fresh or frozen year-round in the grocery store, there is nothing like the sweet satisfaction of fresh summertime berries. Berries are as healthy as they are tasty. In general, they […]

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Phyto-Boosted Rations to Improve the Diets of US Army Soldiers

NC State University Plants for Human Health (PHHI) announced that Director Mary Ann Lila, PhD, and her research team have received $60,000 in grants from the Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies, a National Science Foundation program that fosters partnerships between industry and universities. The grants fund the development of Lila’s technology to concentrate […]

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Efficient Quantification of the Health-Relevant Anthocyanin and Phenolic Acid Profiles in Commercial Cultivars and Breeding Selections of Blueberries ( Vaccinium spp.).

Efficient Quantification of the Health-Relevant Anthocyanin and Phenolic Acid Profiles in Commercial Cultivars and Breeding Selections of Blueberries ( Vaccinium spp.). Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry. Epub May 13, 2013. Yousef GG, Brown AF, Funakoshi Y, Mbeunkui F, Grace MH, Ballington JR, Loraine A, Lila MA. Department of Horticultural Science and Department of Food Bioprocessing and […]

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Blueberry Research, Benefits Bring PHHI Director to New Zealand

Plants for Human Health Institute Part of being an international plant detective involves traversing the globe to locate and study plants and their potential health-promoting properties. Dr. Mary Ann Lila, director of N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) and veteran plant detective, has ongoing research projects in Egypt, Central Asia, Oceania, Mexico, […]

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Catalyst Group’s 2013 Symposium Celebrates NCRC Research

 NCRC The NC Research Campus Catalyst Group hosted their second annual research symposium, Celebrating Research and Collaborations at the NCRC, on Monday, April 15, 2013 in the core lab event room. The Catalyst Group, which fosters personal and professional relationships between researchers on campus, hosted 100 attendees who benefited from a poster competition, faculty presentations, […]

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More good news about blueberries

Bite Magazine Dr Mary Ann Lila’s blueberry salsa Ratings: No ratings yet 15/4/2013 – Catherine Smith Ingredients 2 cups Blueberries, New Zealand sourced, fresh or frozen (thawed) ½ Onion, medium, diced 1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (add more to taste) 3 tbsp Parsley, or coriander, chopped 1 Red pepper, medium, diced ¼ cup Lime […]

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Nicky Park: These fruits are berry good for you

The New Zealand Herald Berries are bursting with goodness for your body. Photo/ Thinkstock The tail end of berry season is approaching. Come the end of April, you won’t be seeing these fruity beauties on the shelves. This is the bad news. The good news is, that frozen berries are still packed with all the […]

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These fruits are berry good for you

Nicky Park, The New Zealand Hearld Berries are bursting with goodness for your body.Photo / Thinkstock The tail end of berry season is approaching. Come the end of April, you won’t be seeing these fruity beauties on the shelves. This is the bad news. The good news is, that frozen berries are still packed with […]

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Dietary Antioxidants — Do Foods and Supplements With High Antioxidant Values Guarantee Better Health?

By Sharon Palmer, RD Today’s Dietitian Vol. 15 No. 4 P. 42 For years, edible plants competed for the title of the highest ORAC, a measurement of foods’ total antioxidant capacity. Yet scientists suggest antioxidant metabolism and bioavailability are the keys to greater health benefits. Today’s Dietitian discusses this hot topic with some of the […]

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Dietary Antioxidants — Do Foods and Supplements With High Antioxidant Values Guarantee Better Health?

By Sharon Palmer, RD Today’s Dietitian Vol. 15 No. 4 P. 42 For years, edible plants competed for the title of the highest ORAC, a measurement of foods’ total antioxidant capacity. Yet scientists suggest antioxidant metabolism and bioavailability are the keys to greater health benefits. Today’s Dietitian discusses this hot topic with some of the […]

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Bioactive Polyphenols from Muscadine Grape and Blackcurrant Stably Concentrated onto Protein-rich Matrices for Topical Applications.

Bioactive Polyphenols from Muscadine Grape and Blackcurrant Stably Concentrated onto Protein-rich Matrices for Topical Applications. International Journal of Cosmetic Science. April 2013. Plundrich N, Grace MH, Raskin I, Lila MA. Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Research Campus, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC, […]

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Research Shows Blueberries Fight Obesity, Diabetes

Dr Mary Ann Lia from North Carolina State University speaks to Breakfast about the wonders of blueberries. http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/research-shows-blueberries-fight-obesity-diabetes-video-5384990

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Antiplasmodial activity of cucurbitacin glycosides from Datisca glomerata (C. Presl) Baill.

Antiplasmodial activity of cucurbitacin glycosides from Datisca glomerata (C. Presl) Baill. Phytochemistry.   Science Direct March 2013. Rocky Graziosea, Mary H. Grace, Thirumurugan Rathinasabapathyd, Patricio Rojas-Silva, Carmen Dekock, Alexander Pouleva, Mary Ann Lila, Peter Smith, Ilya Raskina. Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Plants for Human Health Institute, North […]

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Blueberry polyphenol-enriched soybean flour reduces hyperglycemia, body weight gain and serum cholesterol in mice.

Blueberry polyphenol-enriched soybean flour reduces hyperglycemia, body weight gain and serum cholesterol in mice. Pharmacological Research. February 2013. Roopchand DE, Kuhn P, Rojo LE, Lila MA, Raskin I. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC […]

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Continuous infusion of 20-hydroxyecdysone increased mass of triceps brachii in C57BL/6 mice.

Continuous infusion of 20-hydroxyecdysone increased mass of triceps brachii in C57BL/6 mice.Phytotherapy Research. January 27, 2013. Cheng DM, Kutzler LW, Boler DD, Drnevich J, Killefer J, Lila MA (NC State Plants for Human Health Institute). Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801. Abstract Phytoecdysteroids have been attributed with numerous […]

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At NCRC, a year of milestones

By Hugh Fisherhfisher@salisburypost.com   Hugh Fisher/for the salisbury post John Shea, research technician at the N.C. Research Campus and UNC-Charlotte graduate student, compiles data from a recent study of nutrients in different varieties of blueberries. Shea said his NCRC experience will give him an advantage in his future career. KANNAPOLIS – The North Carolina Research […]

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Local researchers brace for job cuts if Congress can’t reach deal on fiscal cliff

By Holly Maynard, WSOCTV http://www.wsoctv.com/videos/news/local-researchers-brace-for-job-cuts-if-congress/vhzqB/ KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Local researchers are bracing for job cuts if Congress doesn’t come to an agreement on the fiscal cliff by the end of the year. Eyewitness News went inside a lab at the North Carolina Research Campus in the heart of Kannapolis. That’s where scientists in the fields […]

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N.C. State Studying Cancer-fighting Compounds in Ginger

  N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), located at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, has partnered with the University of Surrey in England to conduct research involving plants and potential cancer treatments. At the root of the research is ginger, which scientists are studying for its potential cancer-fighting properties. Dr. Mary […]

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Day five on the Dean’s tour: Kannapolis, Charlotte and Winston-Salem

WHEN: November 7, 2012 WHERE: North Carolina Research Campus “You have to see it to believe it.” So said new College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean Richard Linton on the fifth leg of his statewide tour, of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. “I’ve seen photos online and even watched a video tour, […]

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President of Ecuador visits Kannapolis

By Hugh Fisher, The Salisbury Post KANNAPOLIS – Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa made an unannounced visit to Kannapolis Monday and Tuesday, touring the N.C. Research Campus and other facilities with David Murdock. While here, Correa made a presentation on Yachay, a planned “city of knowledge” currently being developed in northern Ecuador. Murdock, owner of Dole […]

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Antiplasmodial activity of the ethnobotanical plant Cassia fistula.

Antiplasmodial activity of the ethnobotanical plant Cassia fistula. National Product Communications.  October 2012. Grace MH, Lategan C, Graziose R, Smith PJ, Raskin I, Lila MA. NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute. Abstract In our ongoing investigation of new compounds with activity against malaria parasites, we tested the in vitro antiplasmodial activity of fractions […]

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Researchers Report on New Brain, Heart and Vision Health Studies at Annual Wild Blueberry Health Research Summit

A growing body of research focuses on understanding how the antioxidants and other compounds in Wild Blueberries function in the body to promote human health and prevent disease in a number of areas. The 15th annual Wild Blueberry Health Summit offers new evidence that eating blueberries may help protect against a wide range of chronic […]

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NCSU, Dole Launch Industry-Academic Postdoc

At the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, the North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) and the Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory have collaborated to form a joint industry-academic postdoctoral fellowship, the first of its kind at the NCRC.  Postdoctoral positions are a common first career step for those who have just […]

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NC Research Campus adds post-doctoral fellowship

By: Jennifer Thomas, Charlotte Business Journal Two operations at the N.C. Research Campus have created a post-doctoral fellowship that’s the first of its kind at the biotech hub in Kannapolis. It’s a joint initiative of the N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute and the Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory. The fellowship is intended to […]

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N.C. State Hosting Scientists from Bhutan at N.C. Research Campus

Plants for Human Health Institute Link to original article N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), located at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, is hosting two visiting scholars from Bhutan this month as part of an international partnership that promotes environmental conservation and the discovery of health-beneficial plant compounds. The Bhutanese scientists, […]

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Comparison of Health-Relevant Flavonoids in Commonly Consumed Cranberry Products.

Comparison of Health-Relevant Flavonoids in Commonly Consumed Cranberry Products. Journal of Food Science, July 2012. Mbeunkui F, Grace MH, Yousef GG, Ann Lila M. NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute. Abstract The human health benefits from consumption of cranberry products have been associated with the fruits’ unique flavonoid composition, including a complex profile […]

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Isolation and characterization of flavonols from blackcurrant by high-performance counter-current chromatography and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry.

Isolation and characterization of flavonols from blackcurrant by high-performance counter-current chromatography and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry.  Journal of Separation Science, July 2012. Mbeunkui F, Grace MH, Yousef GG, Ann Lila M. NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute. Abstract Blackcurrant is considered as a natural high-value food raw material and possesses a variety […]

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PHHI Business Director Wins Award for Excellence

Tara Vogelien (second from right), director for business and research administration with N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute, received a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Award for Excellence in Raleigh on May 18, 2012. Vogelien is joined by (L-R) Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Dr. Mary Ann Lila, Dr. Steve Lommel and Dr. Johnny Wynne. […]

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Where the wild berries grow

By Jessica Wapner Cosmos Magazine The wild berries of Alaska may safeguard both the health and economic future of native communities, but only if rising temperatures don’t interfere first. Salmonberries belong to the same genus as raspberries. They have traditionally been used for treating wounds, and the leaves and stems of blackberries are used to treat […]

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Isolation and structural elucidation of indole alkaloids from Geissospermum vellosii by mass spectrometry.

Isolation and structural elucidation of indole alkaloids from Geissospermum vellosii by mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatology, February 2012. Mbeunkui F, Grace MH, Lila MA. NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute. Abstract Alkaloids from the stem bark of Geissospermum vellosii possess a variety of therapeutic properties including antimalarial activities, activity as a sexual stimulant […]

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ASU Recruiting Runners for Nutrasorb Study

NCRC The Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis is recruiting male and female runners for a study testing the effectiveness of a 17-day course of Nutrasorb, a supplement developed in part by Mary Ann Lila, PhD, director of the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute also […]

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In vitro antiplasmodial activity of indole alkaloids from the stem bark of Geissospermum vellosii

In vitro antiplasmodial activity of indole alkaloids from the stem bark of Geissospermum vellosii. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, January 2012. Mbeunkui F, Grace MH, Lategan C, Smith PJ, Raskin I, Lila MA. North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute. Abstract ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The stem bark of Geissospermum vellosii has been traditionally used by the […]

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Prospects for Commercialisation of an Alaska Native Wild Resource as a Commodity Crop

Prospects for Commercialisation of an Alaska Native Wild Resource as a Commodity Crop Joshua Kellogg, Clyde Higgs and Mary Ann Lila The emerging research evidence regarding functional food health benefits, coupled with the modern rise in degenerative and lifestyle-related health conditions, has created a growing market in the United States: the super-fruit. Wild berries, which […]

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Impact of Bioflavonoids from Berryfruits on Biomarkers of Metabolic Syndrome

Impact of Bioflavonoids from Berryfruits on Biomarkers of Metabolic Syndrome Mary Ann Lila , Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA Abstract The phytochemical constituents which comprise many edible berry fruits have increasingly been linked to modulation of biomarkers associated with conditions of diabetes, overweight/obesity, and cardiovascular […]

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Wound-healing properties of nut oil from Pouteria lucuma.

Wound-healing properties of nut oil from Pouteria lucuma. Rojo LE1, Villano CM, Joseph G, Schmidt B, Shulaev V, Shuman JL, Lila MA, Raskin I. Abstract BACKGROUND: Cell migration, angiogenesis, inflammation, and extracellular matrix remodeling are key events in wound healing. Natural products, including fatty acids (FAs), can accelerate wound healing by modulating the aforementioned events. AIMS: This study aims to evaluate the […]

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Blueberries: Genotype-dependent variation in antioxidant, free-radical scavenging, and prebiotic activities

Blueberries: Genotype-dependent variation in antioxidant, free-radical scavenging, and prebiotic activities A.L. Molan1*, M. A. Lila2 and G. Ravindran 1 Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand * Corresponding author: Tel: +64-6-350 4799; Fax: +64-6-350 5446; E-mail address: A.L.Molan@massey.ac.nz 2College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, […]

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Method for evaluating the potential of 14C labeled plant polyphenols to cross the blood-brain barrier using accelerator mass spectrometry. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research

Janle, Elsa M., Mary Ann Lila, Michael Grannan, Lauren Wood, Aine Higgins, Gad G. Yousef, Randy B. Rogers, Helen Kim, George S. Jackson, Connie M. Weaver. 2010. Method for evaluating the potential of 14C labeled plant polyphenols to cross the blood-brain barrier using accelerator mass spectrometry. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. B. Beam […]

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Alaskan wild berry resources and human health under the cloud of climate change.

Kellogg, Joshua, Jinzhi Wang, Courtney Flint, David Ribnicky, Peter Kuhn, Elvira González De Mejia, Ilya Raskin and Mary Ann Lila. 2010. Alaskan wild berry resources and human health under the cloud of climate change. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 58: 3884-3900. Abstract Wild berries are integral dietary components for Alaska Native people and a […]

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Wound healing properties of fatty acids fromPouterialucumae.

Rojo, Leonel, Caren Villano, G. Joseph, B. Schmidt, V. Shulaev, Mary Ann Lila and Ilya Raskin. 2010. Wound healing properties of fatty acids fromPouterialucumae. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology 9: 185-195. Abstract BACKGROUND: Cell migration, angiogenesis, inflammation, and extracellular matrix remodeling are key events in wound healing. Natural products, including fatty acids (FAs), can accelerate wound […]

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Comparative invitro activities of tea extracts from six species of Ardisia and their effect on growth inhibition of HepG2 cells.

Newell, Amanda M.B., Gad G. Yousef, Mary Ann Lila, Marco Vinicio Ramirez-Mares and Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia. 2010. Comparative invitro activities of tea extracts from six species of Ardisia and their effect on growth inhibition of HepG2 cells. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 130: 536-544. Abstract AIM OF THE STUDY: Ardisia species, notably A. compressa, are used […]

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Screening and selection of high carotenoid producing in vitro tomato cell culture lines for [13C]-carotenoid production.

Engelmann, Nancy, J. Campbell, S. Rupassara, R. Rogers, P. Garlick, M.A. Lila and J. W. Erdman, Jr. 2010. Screening and selection of high carotenoid producing in vitro tomato cell culture lines for [13C]-carotenoid production. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 58: 9979-9987. Abstract Isotopically labeled tomato carotenoids, phytoene, phytofluene, and lycopene, are needed for mammalian […]

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Inhibition of pro-inflammatory responses and antioxidant capacity of Mexican blackberry (Rubusspp.) extracts

Cuevas-Rodrigues, Edith, V. Dia, G. Yousef, P. Garcia-Saucedo, J. Lopez-Medina, O. Paredes-Lopez, E. de Mejia and M.A. Lila. 2010. Inhibition of pro-inflammatory responses and antioxidant capacity of Mexican blackberry (Rubusspp.) extracts. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 58: 9542-9548. Abstract Total polyphenolic and anthocyanin- and proanthocyanidin-rich fractions from wild blackberry genotypes (WB-3, WB-7, WB-10, and […]

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Phytochemical Characterization of an Adaptogenic Preparation from Rhodiola heterodonta

Phytochemical Characterization of an Adaptogenic Preparation from Rhodiola heterodonta Mary H. Grace,a Gad G. Yousef,a Anvar G. Kurmukov,b Ilya Raskin,c and Mary Ann Lila Abstract The phytochemical constituents of a biologically active, standardized, 80% ethanol extract of Rhodiola heterodonta were characterized. The extract was fractionated over a Sephadex LH-20 column to afford two main fractions […]

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In vitro and in vivo evaluation of the prebiotic activity of water-soluble blueberry extracts

In vitro and in vivo evaluation of the prebiotic activity of water-soluble blueberry extracts Abdul Lateef Molan, Mary Ann Lila, John Mawson, Shampa De Abstract The prebiotic effects of water extracts of two blueberry (BBE) cultivars (‘Centurion’ and ‘Maru’) were studied using pure and mixed cultures of human faecal bacteria. The results demonstrated for the first time that […]

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Interactions Between Flavonoids that Benefit Human Health

Interactions Between Flavonoids that Benefit Human Health Mary Ann Lila Abstract Interactions between anthocyanin pigments and other flavonoids or other phytochemicals accumulating within a plant contribute significantly to the ability of natural plant extracts (ingested as food or pharmaceutical product) to protect human health or mitigate disease damage. Interactions are the rule, rather than the […]

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Antiradical capacity and induction of apoptosis in HeLa cells by a Phaseolus vulgarisextract

Aparicio-Fernández, Xochitl, Rosalia Reynoso-Camacho, Eduardo Castaño-Tostado, Teresa García-Gasca, Elvira González de Mejía, Horacio Guzmán-Maldonado, Guillermo Elizondo, Gad Gabra Yousef, Mary Ann Lila and Guadalupe Loarca-Pina. 2008. Antiradical capacity and induction of apoptosis in HeLa cells by a Phaseolus vulgarisextract. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 63: 35-40. Abstract Jamapa bean is a black Phaseolus vulgaris variety […]

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