Seventh International Phytochemical Conference Focuses on Health Promotion and Therapeutic Potential

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Internationally Acclaimed Biochemist Dr. Barry Halliwell as Keynote Speaker

There is increasing evidence that certain phytochemicals may reduce an individual's risk for chronic disease

The Seventh International Phytochemical Conference, "Phytochemicals: Health Promotion and Therapeutic Potential", highlights the most current research on phytonutrients and their impact on a variety of chronic conditions. The conference is sponsored by the Nutrilite Health Institute and the Department of Human Nutrition and Food Science in the College of Agriculture at California State Polytechnic University (CSPU). It will be held Oct. 20-21, 2008, at the Nutrilite Health Institute's (NHI) Center for Optimal Health in Buena Park, Calif.

An international roster of recognized scientists will present a wide range of topics around phytonutrients including skin health, bone and joint health, brain health, obesity and metabolism, as well as cancer and vascular function.

"There is increasing evidence that certain phytochemicals may reduce an individual's risk for chronic disease", says Audra Davies, Director of Nutrition Product Development. "While there has long been an abundance of evidence that higher intakes of fruits and vegetables are associated with lower risks for chronic disease, specific mechanisms for these relationships have been more difficult to explain. This conference will provide a better understanding of these relationships, and will facilitate discussions that may serve to inspire important future research."

Dr. Sam Rehnborg, President of the Nutrilite Health Institute is scheduled to give the Welcome Address. The keynote speaker will be Barry Halliwell, PhD, National University of Singapore. Dr. Halliwell is an internationally-acclaimed biochemist known for his seminal work in free radicals and antioxidants.

Also presenting:

  • Berries and brain aging - Dr. James Joseph, U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
  • Proanthocyanidins and skin health - Dr. Santosh Katiyar, University of South Carolina
  • Herbs and Spices in Cancer Prevention - Dr. John A. Milner, Chief, Nutritional Science Research Group
  • Natural Products and Joint Health - Dr.Tariq Haqqi, Case Western University

Other presenters include Dr. Barbara N. Timmermann, Dr. Santosh K. Katiyar, Dr. Mary Ann Lila, Dr. Ronald L. Prior, Dr. Carlo Calabrese, and Dr. Mary A. Murray.

Proceedings from previous Phytochemical Conferences have been published in reference book form through Technomic Publishing Company and include Phytochemicals--A New Paradigm (1998), Phytochemicals as Bioactive Agents (2000); and through CRC Publishing, Phytochemicals: From Harvest to Health (2002), Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action (2004), Phytochemicals: Nutrient-Gene Interactions (2006), and Phytochemicals: Aging and Health (2008).

The conference is open to health professionals and researchers from scientists to dieticians to academicians interested in plant-based compounds that support health. Participants may register online at before the conference. On-site registration will also be held during the conference.

About the Nutrilite Health Institute:
The Nutrilite Health Institute is a worldwide collaboration of experts dedicated to helping people achieve optimal health - through research, education, and practical, personalized solutions. With more than 70 years of expertise in plant-based nutrition, it supports the science behind NUTRILITE® branded products, sold exclusively through Quixtar/Amway Global. For more information, visit

NUTRILITE is the world's leading brand of vitamin, mineral, and dietary supplements, based on 2007 sales. Nutrilite is so committed to total quality control of its plant concentrates from seed to tablet, it's the only global vitamin and mineral brand to grow, harvest, and process plants on its own certified organic farms,* located in California, Washington, Mexico, and Brazil.    

NUTRILITE products are available exclusively through Quixtar/Amway Global Independent Business Owners (IBOs) in North America. For more information on NUTRILITE products, history, farming and manufacturing practices, visit To order NUTRILITE products, visit

About the Department of Human Nutrition and Food Science at CPSU:
The Department of Human Nutrition and Food Science in the College of Agriculture at CSPU offers undergraduate programs in Food Science and Technology and Foods and Nutrition, Dietetics, and graduate programs in Nutrition and Food Science as well as an American Dietetics Association-accredited Dietetic Internship program. To learn more about the Department of Human Nutrition and Food Science visit

*Based on 2007 sales in a survey of global vitamin and dietary supplement brands conducted by Euromonitor International.


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