47 minutes | Jul 27th 2020

Navindra Seeram: The rejuvenating power of plants

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." The quote, attributed to the Greek physician, Hippocrates, encapsulates the importance of nutrition and the extraordinary ability of certain foods to enhance our wellbeing. In this episode of the LLAMA podcast, we explore the rich array of benefits to be gained from plant foods and natural products and discover why foods rich in compounds known as phytochemicals are hugely beneficial in preventing some chronic conditions. Dr. Navindra Seeram is a professor at the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy.  A leading researcher in the science of plant foods,  Dr. Seeram explains how, growing up in South America, with a tradition of using food as medicine, he first became aware of the potent power of plants.  We delve into the unique components of pomegranate and other fruits, which can be used by the body to boost mitochondrial health.  

This LLAMA podcast episode is produced in association with Amazentis, an innovative life science company dedicated to employing breakthrough research and clinical science to bring advanced therapeutic nutrition products to life, under its Timeline brand.

Disclosures: 

  • Dr. Seeram serves on the scientific advisory board of Amazentis, independently from his position with the University of Rhode Island.  

In this interview we cover:

  • Growing up in British Guiana, a poor Third World country, learning about the power of plants as medicines. 
  • Developing a career as a natural product chemist.
  • Understanding the anthocyanins or the pigments which make cherries red, blueberries blue, strawberries red and pomegranates red.
  • Defining phytonutrients and phytochemicals.
  • Deriving drugs from natural sources like plants.
  • Revealing the multi-layered qualities of the pomegranate.
  • Trillions of gut bacteria and why they are vital to the way we function.
  • The importance of urolithin A as one of the metabolites we get from pomegranates.
  • Understanding why we respond in different ways to the potentially beneficial compounds found in fruits. 
  • Being a responder or a non-responder to Urolithin A.
  • Linking urolithin A to mitochondria - the powerhouse of the cell.  
  • Mitopure™ -  a highly pure form of Urolithin A - and why it has the potential to “cut to the chase,” even for non-responders.
  • Personalized nutrition and precision medicine. 
  • Simple diets, spices, coffee and red wine. 
  • Healthspan science, long-term wellbeing and reasons to keep on living. 

The Live Long and Master Aging podcast shares ideas but does not offer medical advice.  If you have health concerns of any kind, or you are considering adopting a new diet or exercise regime, you should consult your doctor.

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