June 27, 2012 — Brandon Metzger, PhD, manager of discovery science at Standard Process Inc., is the author of a chapter in the book, “Emerging Trends in Dietary Components for Preventing and Combating Disease,” published recently by the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS is an organization for professionals in the field of chemistry and the largest scientific society in the world.
Metzger’s chapter, “Carrot Bisacetylenic Oxylipins – Phytochemicals Behind the Mask of the Superfood,” discusses how the label of a “superfood” is bestowed, the role of carrots in our modern diet, and the research related to their bioavailability and support of healthy function.
“This is an exciting field of research that helps clarify why certain ‘superfoods’ offer superior health benefits,” says Metzger. His chapter details how polyacetylenes and other plant-defense compounds present in low amounts confer health benefits, a concept known as hormesis.
“Research in the field of nutrition is full of examples of hormetic compounds such as isothiocyanates in brassicas (broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts) and polyphenols in a wide range of plants,” explains Metzger. “These compounds protect the plant from insects, molds, bacteria, and other pests by being toxic while at the same time providing human health benefits at a lower dose due to the fact that we’re bigger than the plants.”
Metzger also discusses his prior research on polyacetylenes. He details information like how to analyze them and factors that impact polyacetylene levels and stability.
Visit standardprocess.com to learn more about this and other research being done by Metzger and the discovery science team at Standard Process. The discovery science team analyzes products and raw materials for research and development use. This group also works with staff at the Standard Process certified organic farm to increase yield and refine methods, with the production department to evaluate and institute manufacturing improvements, and with the quality control department to assist with test and process validation.
Source: Standard Process, standardprocess.com