Our group originated from metabolic studies. Thus nutrition as directly related to metabolism has always been central to our interests.
We have mainly worked in micronutrients, especially vitamins but also other plant components, such as phytoestrogens.
A major finding regarding nutrition is that we observed that high doses of antioxidant vitamins are worse than harmless. They hamper adaptations and are not to be recommended for sports training.
Regarding phytoestrogens, we have investigated the role of genistein, a major soya micronutrient, in the promotion of healthspan and in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
We are also involved in studying the role of protein supplementation to promote optimal health and delay frailty in the elderly population. The high incidence of malnutrition of elderly people in our society indicates that efforts should be concentrated on promoting optimal nutrition for this important part of the population.