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News Release

June 08, 1999

Fighting heart disease with food focus of conference

The role certain food ingredients play in reducing the risk of heart disease is the focus of a June 12 conference co-sponsored by the University of Guelph's Human Nutraceutical Research Unit and Office of Open Learning.

The conference will examine the role of nutraceuticals -- natural food ingredients known to fight or prevent disease -- in medical practice. The University's research unit performs trials on food products containing such ingredients.

The conference will be at the Regal Constellation Hotel, 900 Dixon Road, in Etobicoke from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Media are invited to attend. Conference speeches and times are:

-- 9:45 a.m.: "Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods in Medical Practice," a discussion of the availability of new food and nutritional supplements; Bruce Holub, Department of Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph.

-- 11 a.m.: "Vitamin Therapy for Homocyst(e)ine," about whether vitamin therapy with folic acid, B6 and B12 lowers blood levels and prevents death and recurrent stroke; David Spence, from the Stroke Prevention & Atherosclerosis Research Centre.

-- 1 p.m.: "From Inuit to Intervention: The Omega-3 Story," exploring how these fatty acids went from an obscure dietary component to being recommended for prevention of heart disease; William Harris, Metabolism and Vascular Research Laboratory, Kansas City, Missouri.

-- 2 p.m:, "Dietary Fibre and Cardiovascular Disease," examining the antioxidant potential of insoluble fibre; David Jenkins, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto.

-- 3:15 p.m.: "Plant Sterols: Sow's Ear to Silk Purse," how margarine with plant sterols works as an alternative to pharmacological agents; Peter Jones, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs, (519) 824-4120 Ext. 3338 or Julie Conquer, director of the Human Nutraceutical Research Unit, (519) 824-4120 Ext. 3749

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