Pigments, Plums & Pulses




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  • Pigments, Plums & Pulse
  • The search for cardioprotective natural products

Cardiovascular disease is treatable, but the long term health of patients can suffer as a consequence of the prescriptions.  From a medical family, Dr Abishek Santhakumar watched the treatments provided for his mother help and hinder her health.  He thought there must be a better way, and his research trajectory has led him though pigments, plums and pulses in a search for cardioprotective natural products.


Dr Abishek Sankathumar completed his PhD at Griffith University and his research investigates the role of natural dietary antioxidant compounds in reducing the risk factors of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Abishek currently is a lecturer and researcher in haematology and blood banking at Charles Sturt Univerisity [CSU] School of Biomedical Sciences. During his research tenure, Abishek has led nationally registered human clinical trials investigating the feasibility and efficacy of natural antioxidant compounds as therapeutic alternatives in diverse pro-thrombotic populations. His research focus is strongly aligned to the objectives of the ARC ITTC Functional Grains Centre.

Abishek’s research interests include:

  • To evaluate the anti-diabetic, anti-obesity and cardio-protective properties of polyphenols present in grains and pulses
  • Antiplatelet therapy versus dietary antioxidants in metabolic syndrome
  • To investigate the mechanisms involved in platelet activity under oxidative stress
  • To evaluate the effect of diet and life-style on platelet function


Current Publication List 2017
Taurine in Lower Concentration Attenuates Platelet Activity
, in Food and Public Health
The Synergistic Effect of Taurine and Caffeine on Platelet Activity and Hemostatic Function, in Food and Public Health
Consumption of anthocyanin-rich Queen Garnet plum juice reduces platelet activation related thrombogenesis in healthy volunteers, in Journal of Functional Foods
The potential of anthocyanin-rich Queen Garnet
plum juice supplementation in alleviating
thrombotic risk under induced oxidative
stress conditions, Journal of Functional Foods
A review of the mechanisms and effectiveness of dietary polyphenols in reducing oxidative stress and thrombotic risk, in Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
The ex vivo antiplatelet activation of fruit phenolic metabolite hippuric acid, in Food and Function


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