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Program Overview

There is an increasing awareness of the impact that diet and metabolism have on our health status. The consumption of a nutritious diet promotes long-term health and reduces the risk of chronic disease.

Certain constituents found in foods (such as fruits and vegetables) and medicinal herbs (such as herbal teas) are responsible for changes in health status. We expect that these bioactive components will provide insights into the role that diet plays in helping people live longer, healthier lives.

Researchers at The UNCG Center for Research Excellence in Bioactive Food Components are conducting research to identify and evaluate bioactive ingredients from food, plants and traditional Chinese medicines for the prevention and treatment of metabolic disorders such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

This research entails chemical and metabolic profiling of bioactive components from a whole biological systems (metabolomics) approach. Other research examines cellular and molecular mechanisms of bioactive components, in order to address fundamental research questions that enhance our basic understanding of the contribution of bioactive components to human health and wellness, healthy aging, and disease prevention.

The UNCG Center is housed in the UNC Nutrition Research Building at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC which is about 70 miles southwest of Greensboro (and 30 miles northwest of city center Charlotte). The Center is a satellite to the UNCG Department of Nutrition, School of Health and Human Sciences on the UNCG main campus.