NCoE MitoHealth: Centre for Bioactive Food Components and Prevention of Lifestyle Diseases

Nordic Center of Excellence MitoHealth investigates how food from marine raw material can attenuate diseases related to a modern life style.

MitoHealth adresses the following key questions:

  • Which components in marine raw material are most beneficial for human health?
  • Where can bioactive components besides those found in fishoil be identified in marine organisms?
  • Why and how will these affect human health, alone or in combination with fish oil?

The focus of the MitoHealth research program is the cellular combustion of food which is mainly localised to small bodies in the cells called mitochondria. The idea is that by improving the cellular combustion in the mitochondria (Mito-), this may beneficially affect human health (-Health) by preventing the development of disease.

The ultimate goal of this project is to optimise our diet for improved health and increased resistance to disease. This may be achieved by the development of novel functional food. This is food that will beneficially affect one or more target functions in the body, beyond adequate nutritional effects, to reduce the risk of disease.

Scientific documentation is necessary for developing commercial products and for evaluating consumer safety of novel food. The center will provide basic knowledge that can be utlised by industry and in future research.