Interpreting metabolomic effects and health benefits of dietary components
Metabolomics can be essential to investigating the role of dietary components in health and the development of successful disease prevention or mitigation strategies. By illuminating the complex interactions between nutrients, metabolomic pathways, and health or disease outcome, metabolomics can help understand the underlying biology of disease.
Metabolon’s ability to identify fully annotated, high-confidence metabolites holds true across species. Our work with pet food companies has focused on enhancing the health and longevity of our furry best friends, while human studies have examined nutrition at every stage of life from infants through elderly.
Military researchers have leveraged metabolomics to help design nutrition programs for optimum soldier performance, while other human health researchers are looking to metabolomics to help optimize infant formula or show how the right nutrition can enable improved muscle health in advanced age. Metabolomics can even deliver insights into how nutrition influences the response to therapeutics.
As part of Metabolon’s most recent work with the U.S. military, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) selected Metabolon to analyze metabolomic profiles of military personnel, in a research program being conducted by the Military Nutrition Division. The five-year study will run through 2025 and will perform global metabolomics on up to 14,000 samples, including serum, urine, saliva, tissue and feces, to monitor soldier performance and response to stress during specific training programs. The work will enable the Army to develop new diets optimized for peak performance. Ultimately, the findings will help ensure that U.S. soldiers are in optimal physiological shape when they are called into military operations.
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