Research at NFR involves the preparation (extraction, synthesis) and the evaluation of natural products of plant origin with application as disease preventing agents.  In particular, the nutraceuticals (e.g. antioxidant polyphenols, iminosugars) are obtained  from agricultural by-products or by clean biotech methods.  The biological activities tested on the nutraceuticals are related to the control of the oxidative stress which is a major damaging process occurring in many disorders of high incidence (metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer, Parkinson).  The oxidative stress is mainly produced by reactive free radicals.  The study of free radicals, their reactivity and control or elimination by natural nutraceuticals is a central focus of our research.

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