It’s good for you

Located on the campus of the University of Manitoba, the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is at the forefront of research into the effects of diet on health and disease prevention.

The centre has two primary roles: to investigate and develop foods with demonstrable health benefits beyond providing energy, vitamins and minerals; and to promote the development of an economically viable functional food and nutraceutical industry in western Canada based on crops important to the Prairie region, including cereals, pulses, oilseeds, berries and cherries and native plants. Winnipeg-based James Richardson & Sons, Ltd., Canada’s largest privately owned agribusiness, is a major financial supporter of the centre.

Since its inception in 2006, the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals has performed a wide variety of research projects on behalf of the agri-food, natural health product and pharmaceutical industries. For example, researchers have looked at ways to lower cholesterol in humans using naturally occurring products such as whole grains, dairy and oils.

Other projects have focused on the health benefits of consuming canola, flax oils, pulses and buckwheat, improving heart health with herbs and spices, and improving levels of blood lipids, such as fatty acids, with plant extracts and high-fiber barley foods. One current study is aimed at determining whether expensive protein powders are any better than chocolate milk as a post-workout supplement to hasten muscle recovery and build strength.

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