Brandon Metzger Authors Chapter on Hormesis

June 26, 2012

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Brandon Metzger Authors Chapter on Hormesis

PALMYRA, Wis.Polyacetylenes and other plant-defense compounds present in low amounts confer health benefits in a concept known as hormesis, according to Brandon Metzger in a new book published by the American Chemical Society. Metzger, manager of discovery science at Standard Process Inc. authored the chapter, "Carrot Bisacetylenic Oxylipins Phytochemicals Behind the Mask of the Superfood," in the book, "Emerging Trends in Dietary Components for Preventing and Combating Disease."

The chapter 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.

The book is part of the ACS Symposium series. Books in the series are peer-reviewed and present a comprehensive view of current research on topics related to chemistry.

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," Metzger said. 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 were bigger than the plants."

Metzger also discusses his prior research on polyacetylenes. He details information on how to analyze them and factors that impact polyacetylene levels and stability.

Last year, Standard Process Inc. promoted Metzger from researcher to manager of discovery science.

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