Characterization of Bioactive Compounds and Antioxidants in Natural Products
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 2979
Interests: ultrasonic; microwaves and subcritical extraction; mathematical modeling of food and chemical processes; rheological properties of food materials; quantitative and qualitative determination of food ingredients; UV-VIS spectrophotometry; HPLC
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the bioactive substances naturally occurring in plant materials. These compounds have beneficial effects on metabolic processes and human health. They protect the body against the harmful effects of free radicals, having strong antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer effect. Along the wide spectrum of their effects, we should also mention their ability to lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar levels, improve the functioning of the immune system and reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease.
Among the most numerous groups of bioactive compounds are phytochemicals, which include flavonoids, carotenoids, lignans and plant sterols. These are found in natural products such as fruits and vegetables, as well as in medicinal plants and herbs.
At present, the community is returning to plants that were used in folk medicine, and whose composition and antioxidant properties are still not fully known. At the same time, research is underway on unusual plant organs, such as bark or young plant shoots, which have valuable health-promoting properties and can be successfully used for the production of natural medicinal products.
A large number of species, as well as the diversity of plant organs, pose new challenges related to the selection of methods for obtaining and processing bioactive compounds from plant raw materials. A comprehensive assessment of bioactive compounds and their antioxidant properties also depends on the choice of appropriate analytical methods.
The purpose of the Special Issue is to publish original scientific articles and review articles devoted to the characteristics of bioactive compounds and antioxidants derived from plant materials. We also welcome articles related to the methods of obtaining bioactive substances and to modern methods of identifying these compounds.
Prof. Dr. Zbigniew Kobus
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- bioactive compounds
- antioxidant activity
- plant sterols
- health properties of food
- extraction techniques