Posts Categorized: Phytochemistry

The Bioavailability of Nutritional Supplements Rich in Sulforaphane

We have a new paper that was just published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.  In it we discuss the fact that sulforaphane (SF) from broccoli sprouts must be stabilized for use in nutritional supplements.   We present data on person-to-person variation in bioavailability, and we give examples of good availability of a… Read more »

Release of new Webinar and Podcast on Isothiocyanates, Nrf2, Moringa & Sulforaphane Supplementation

Jed Fahey, Sc.D. on Isothiocyanates, the Nrf2 Pathway, Moringa & Sulforaphane Supplementation Released Jan 06, 2017 Preview YouTube video Jed Fahey, Sc.D. on Isothiocyanates, the Nrf2 Pathway, Moringa & Sulforaphane Supplementation Watch the Webinar or Listen to the Podcast  (available via FoundMyFitness.com on iTunes and Sticher)

Follow-up on the webinar/podcast with new FAQ page on this website

In response to the many questions we’ve received as follow-up to Dr. Fahey’s interview with Rhonda Patrick (FoundMyFitness.com), we have added a page with FAQs to this website, that we hope will answer some of the more commonly asked questions.  At the moment, the volume of questions coming in from this website, Twitter and Facebook is… Read more »

Chemoprotection Center’s work on Moringa featured

The Chemoprotection Center was featured in an article about Moringa, in the Johns Hopkins Magazine (The Hub).  Their work on Moringa and the concept of “superfoods” are discussed.  Dr. Fahey is quoted as saying, “Those who could benefit most from its use are in the poorer regions of the dryland tropics where it’s actually grown, …. Read more »

The Cullman Center Weighs in on Moringa Leaf Protein

Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree cultivated across the lowland dry tropics worldwide for its nutritious leaves. Despite its nutritious reputation, there has been no systematic survey of the variation in leaf nutritional quality across M. oleifera grown worldwide, or of the other species of the genus. These findings identify clear priorities and limitations for improved moringa varieties with traits such as high protein, calcium, or ease of preparation.

The New Yorker highlights our work with the Moringa tree

On June 27 2016, The New Yorker magazine published an article that discusses research we are doing with a collaborator in Mexico on the tropical Moringa tree: Meet the Moringa Tree, An Overqualified, Underachieving Superfood Moringa oleifera, the most commonly farmed species, produces edible leaves that are unusually rich in protein, iron, calcium, nine essential… Read more »

Is the vitamin and phytochemical content of fruit declining?

Graduate student Eleanore Alexander, and the Chemoprotection Center’s Dr. Fahey recently were invited to prepare a commentary on current fruit breeding practices. In it, they suggest that “To reverse the trend of decreasing vitamin and phytochemical content, consumers must demand fruits and vegetables that come from farms using better practices that result in higher nutrient… Read more »

A Matter of Taste

The ability to detect bitterness probably evolved to help us avoid eating harmful substances. By shunning too many bitter substances, especially those present in healthful foods, we might be putting our long-term health at risk. For example, the glucosinolates in Brussels sprouts and its cousins, broccoli, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables, switch on many healthful processes in our bodies, and many medicines prevent or treat serious illness.

. . . wheatgrass is not a superfood

The Center’s Dr. Fahey was recently quoted in an article in Modern Farmer that attempts to dethrone wheatgrass as a miracle-food or super-food.  Says he: “I am unaware of any credible scientific evidence that consuming wheatgrass or wheatgrass juice is any better or worse for one than consuming similar amounts of other green leafy vegetables.”

Will Progeria respond to phytochemicals like sulforaphane?

We recently received a small grant from the Progeria Research Foundation to study Progeria (Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome), which is a devastating inherited disease.  The disease is genetic in that it is caused by a mutation(s) that was identified in the early 1990s by the [now] director of the NIH.  However, there is hope that certain… Read more »