National Blueberry Month at the NC Research Campus

July 17, 2017

Together with the US Department of Agriculture, the North American Blueberry Council declares July “National Blueberry Month.” The blueberry may be small, but it’s packed with healthy compounds responsible for both the berry’s color and several properties that protect against human diseases. At the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, scientists devote their studies to […]

Grapes in space: NASA-funded study develops polyphenol-protein rich recipe

December 08, 2016

Original Article By Adi Menayang, NutraIngredients-USA A study published in the March 2016 edition of Food & Function by NC State Plants for Human Health Institute researchers found that cranberries, muscadine grapes, and blackcurrant can make a protein-packed, polyphenol-filled, shelf-stable product. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has provided funding for the team to […]

Protein-Polyphenol Mix Creates Shelf-stable, Natural Ingredient

November 22, 2016

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 […]

Raising the Bar: NCSU’s Protein-Polyphenol Mix Creates Soft, Shelf-stable, Protein-packed Functional Foods

May 18, 2016

NASA plans to have humans on Mars by 2036, which means they need to figure out how to feed astronauts and keep them healthy for the three-year round-trip without weighing down the spacecraft. Mary Ann Lila, PhD, director of the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the NC Research Campus, has […]

Superfoods: Looking for health at the table

January 27, 2016

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.” […]

Bananas Best for Bicyclists

January 22, 2016

Read the original article on Dole Nutrition News. Bananas Improve Athletic Performance and Recovery in Cyclists Athletes, listen up! If you’re preparing for your next long-distance race, you may want to throw a few bananas in your gym bag. Researchers at the North Carolina Research Campus, including Dole Nutrition Institute and Appalachian State University scientists, […]

NC A&T and NC State Team Up to Reduce Complications from Peanut Allergies

January 06, 2016

Scientists at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC  are collaborating on a USDA grant to develop a hypoallergenic peanut flour that the food industry will be able to use to decrease the incidence of complications from peanut allergenicity. Scientists at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC have teamed up to develop […]

Scientists Plan To Maximize The Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

December 10, 2015

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 […]

Berries the “Go To” Health Food: International Collaboration of Scientists Builds the Case

November 05, 2015

Scientists in North Carolina and New Zealand are collaborating and engaging with growers to build the scientific evidence to  convince consumers that berries are nature’s “go to” health food. By Jennifer Woodford, NCRC/DHMRI Media & Communications Manager  Kannapolis, NC- When consumers crave tasty, healthy and convenient foods, scientists at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) and […]

New Study Shows How Phytochemicals Build Natural Defenses against Free Radicals

September 14, 2015

A new study from scientists at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC, found that certain phytochemicals build natural, cellular defenses against damaging free radicals and reactive oxygen species dispelling other popular theories of how some antioxidants work. A collaborative study by scientists at the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) and the […]

Rhodiola Rosea Study Provides More Evidence Polyphenols Protect Against Viral Infection  

August 20, 2015

  A new study published by the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus strengthens the case for the anti-viral effects of plant-based polyphenols. Human trials with marathon runners found that the herb Rhodiola rosea protects against viral infection. These findings build on previous human trials that demonstrate the anti-viral activity […]

Extracts of Fruits and Vegetables Activate the Antioxidant Response Element in IMR-32 Cells

July 29, 2015

Extracts of Fruits and Vegetables Activate the Antioxidant Response Element in IMR-32 Cells, J Nutr. 2015 Jul 29, Orena S1, Owen J1, Jin F2, Fabian M2, Gillitt ND2, Zeisel SH3. 1University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute, Kannapolis, NC; 2Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory, Kannapolis, NC; and. 3University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nutrition […]

The Skinny on Trans Fat

July 06, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June took the final step to ban partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) or trans fat when they announced that food manufacturers have three years to remove them completely from processed foods. Addressing the importance of the ban, Rishipal Bansode, PhD, research scientist with NCA&T Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest […]

Solving the Mystery of Tea Metabolism

February 24, 2015

Second only to water, tea is the most popular drink in the world. It can be hot. It can be iced. It comes in numerous flavors and types. The American Tea Association reports that black tea is the most popular, followed by green, oolong and white. Research links consumption of tea to the reduction of […]

Make 2015 the Happiest, Healthiest and Fittest Year Yet

December 18, 2014

  For inspiration to make 2015 your happiest, healthiest and fittest year yet, take a look at some of our top research headlines from 2014. Powerful Polyphenols   A collaborative study by three campus partners found that exercise helps the body absorb health-boosting, plant compounds called polyphenols, specifically those found in blueberries and green tea. The same […]

NCRC Study Finds Polyphenol-Packed Diet Shields Athletes from Illness

September 22, 2014

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 […]

Polyphenols Shield Against Exercise-Induced Viral Infections

September 04, 2014

For athletes, polyphehols from foods like blueberries and green tea may be the best defense against the common cold and other viral infections. Viral Defense Shield Polyphenols are bioactive compounds in fruits and vegetables that research links to health benefits like anti-aging, anti-inflammation and anti-viral effects. A recent study conducted by NC Research Campus (NCRC) […]