Researching secondary plant substances

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hajoona invests in research into secondary plant substances

As specialists in healthy, pleasure-oriented products, we harness the power of nature. The latest information on plant substances garnered by medical and nutritional scientists regularly flows into the optimisation of our recipes. We cooperate with experts at the University of Heidelberg for this purpose.

hajoona harnesses the power of nature

Our intelligent, high-quality products were developed especially for people who want to eat healthily and enhance their sense of well-being. hajoona products are made of high-quality plant ingredients. These provide vitamins, minerals etc. in their natural form besides supplying secondary plant substances, which are said to be able to prevent and cure disease. 

We integrate these properties into our products, thus making an effective contribution to a healthy, sustainable diet.

The trend for natural healing

Medical research into healing herbs, healing plants, medicinal mushrooms and secondary plant substances still has many questions left to answer. However, it has been observed that natural healing methods are increasingly being integrated into conventional medicine. They can for example reduce the side-effects of conventional treatments, a blessing particularly for the chronically ill and for people who suffer from allergies.

Secondary plant substances

Secondary plant substances are especially important in this respect. Secondary plant substances occur for example in vegetables, fruit, potatoes, pulses, nuts and wholegrain products; it is they that give plant foods their colour. They protect the plants from pests and microbes besides regulating plant growth. They also influence a large number of metabolic processes in humans. They are said to have various properties that are beneficial to our health.

They may possibly provide protection from various types of cancer and influence the vascular system by dilating the blood vessels and reducing blood pressure. Secondary plant substances are also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and have a beneficial effect on the nervous system.

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Partnership with the COS

This is why we cooperate with Prof. Dr. Thomas Rausch and Chinese guest professor Professor Dr. Zhigang An, both from the Centre of Organismal Studies (COS) at Heidelberg University and both experts in the molecular physiology of plants. This partnership focuses on research into the effect of secondary plant substances on the human organism, accessing the results of Chinese research in this area, and acquiring knowledge of the plants used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Research is also being carried out into how far biotic and abiotic stress influences the formation of secondary plant substances.

The future of hajoona

The results of the cooperation between hajoona and Professors An and Rausch flow into hajoona's product development process in order to ensure that our product recipes will stay at the cutting edge of medical and nutritional science in the future. This means that existing recipes are optimised, new ones created and new cultivation strategies developed in cooperation with hajoona's suppliers. It is also why both the professors from the COS at Heidelberg University are members of hajoona GmbH’s scientific advisory board.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Rauschthomas rausch

  • Born in 1953 in Frankfurt am Main
  • Lives in Heidelberg
  • Leads the research group “Molecular Physiology of Plants” at the Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg at Heidelberg University
  • Research areas include:
    • The benefits of secondary plant substances to human health
    • Bioeconomics: the sustainable use of biological, renewable resources (e.g. lignocellulose)

Prof. Dr. An Zhigang

  • Professor at Northeast Forestry University (NEFU, Harbin, P.R.China)
  • Since 2014 guest professor supporting the research group “Molecular Physiology of Plants” at the Centre for Organismal Studies at Heidelberg University
  • Research topics include the benefits of secondary plant substances to human health

Centre for Organismal Studies at the University of Heidelberg

Founded in 2010, the objective of the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) in Heidelberg is to research organismal biology beyond the limits of biological organisational levels. Research and teaching at the COS Heidelberg focus on the biology of organisms from basic molecular mechanisms through cell biology, development biology and physiology to evolution, biodiversity, systems biology and biotechnology in animal and plant systems. The COS Heidelberg is Heidelberg University’s biggest life science research centre and reports directly to the Rector. The COS is divided into 13 departments that currently consist of 37 research groups. More than 170 staff and a similar number of scientific personnel work at the COS.

The research groups at the COS conduct basic scientific research and teach students of life sciences at Heidelberg University.