January 25, 2021
Nutrimetabolomics is an emerging field of science that represents the intersection of metabolomics and nutrition research. Using the powerful tools of mass spectrometry and models with germ-free mice and human microbiome samples, scientists are discovering new biomarkers of health and are able to track how different foods are metabolized by the body and the gut microbiome. Our guest this week is Dr. Nichole Reisdorph; she’s working at the forefront of this exciting field to investigate how the consumption of everything from salmon to green tea, and even cannabis, impacts our metabolome.
#Cannabis #Nutrition #Metabolomics
January 18, 2021
In that magical period between winter and spring in the northeast US and Canada, tapped sugar maples yield buckets of clear sap. Once concentrated, the resulting sticky syrup is used as a natural sweetener for everything from breakfast treats to specialty cocktails. While sucrose does make up the majority of maple syrup, there are many other secondary metabolites present that give maple its unique flavor and contribute to its pharmacological potential. I speak with Dr. Navindra Seeram, an expert in the chemistry and pharmacology of maple trees. He explains maple chemistry and shares some fascinating projects underway in the development of nutraceutical and cosmeceutical products developed from maple.
#MapleSyrup #Maple #Pharmacognosy
January 11, 2021
Dead plants do tell tales. Over the past five hundred years, plant hunters have scoured the Earth, collecting millions of specimens that are now held in vast collections in New York, London and Paris, complemented by smaller collections found in museums and universities across the globe. These plants were sought out not just for their beauty and diversity, but also for their potential applications in new foods, medicines, and more. I speak with Dr. Barbara Thiers, Director of the Steere Herbarium at New York Botanical Gardens and author of a new book entitled, “Herbarium: The Quest to Preserve and Classify the World’s Plants.” We discuss the fascinating history of herbaria and recount the adventurous stories of some of the famous explorers that built these collections.
#Herbaria #NaturalHistory #Expedition