Plant-Derived Bioactive Molecules and Their Use in Sports Practice

A special issue of BioChem (ISSN 2673-6411).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 247

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1. Division of Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
2. European Center for Brain Research, IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome, Italy
Interests: neurodegenerative diseases; neurodevelopment; oxidative stress
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The utilization of plant-derived bioactive molecules in sports practice has gained significant attention due to their potential to optimize athletic performance, enhance recovery, and support overall well-being. This Special Issue explores the growing body of research surrounding the application of these natural compounds in sports and exercise, highlighting their benefits and mechanisms of action.

Plant-derived bioactive molecules, such as phytochemicals, polyphenols, alkaloids, and flavonoids, possess a wide array of physiological properties that can positively impact sports performance. These compounds exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and vasodilatory effects, which may aid in reducing exercise-induced oxidative stress, inflammation, and muscle damage. Additionally, they have been found to enhance endurance, improve cardiovascular function, and enhance the body's ability to adapt to physical stressors.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Phytochemicals: exploring the role of plant-derived bioactive molecules in sports performance;
  • Adaptogens: harnessing the power of natural substances for enhanced athletic performance;
  • The impact of plant-derived polyphenols on exercise-induced oxidative stress and inflammation;
  • Exploring the effects of plant-derived alkaloids on physical performance and fatigue;
  • Flavonoids in sports nutrition: potential benefits and mechanisms of action;
  • Natural alternatives: plant-based bioactive molecules as sustainable supplements in sports practice;
  • Quality control and standardization of plant-derived bioactive molecules for sports nutrition: challenges and opportunities.

Dr. Guglielmo Duranti
Dr. Piergiorgio La Rosa
Guest Editors

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  • plant-derived bioactive molecules
  • phytochemicals
  • polyphenols
  • flavonoids
  • alkaloids
  • adaptogens
  • metabolism
  • appetite regulation
  • natural supplements
  • exercise
  • oxidative stress
  • skeletal muscle
  • inflammation
  • aging
  • sports practice

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