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Botanicals and Metabolic Syndrome

Principal Investigator: 
William Cefalu, M.D.
Louisiana State University Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA


Pennington Biomedical Research Center Division of Nutrition & Chronic Disease
6400 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
United States


This center aims to provide a comprehensive evaluation of specific, compelling hypotheses about the molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms by which botanicals (e.g., Artemisia, St. John's wort) may reduce the chance of developing conditions that often lead to metabolic syndrome and of developing metabolic syndrome itself. Metabolic syndrome, a grouping of risk factors that may develop into diabetes and heart disease, has been this center's focus since 2005.

Centers for Dietary Supplements Research: Botanicals