Edible Plants and Their Components as Functional Foods Promoting the Health of the Gut Barrier

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Phytochemicals and Human Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 89

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Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences “Rodolfo Paoletti”, University of Milan, 20133 Milan, Italy
Interests: edible plants; natural products; plant extracts; inflammation; oxidative stress; phytochemical analysis
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Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy
Interests: molecular modeling; natural products; edible plants
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Edible plants are sources of macromolecules, vitamins, minerals, and functional compounds, engaged in either homeostatic or pathological processes. These food components interact with gut barrier, which plays a crucial role in homeostasis. For instance, polyphenols and fibers are known to modulate the diverse functions of the gut epithelia, such as the biological barrier, immunity, antioxidant defense, and nutrient transport. They also have indirect roles in the reciprocal interaction with resident microbiota, which influences and is influenced by natural compounds.

Therefore, this Special Issue will gather the most recent findings concerning the compositions of edible plants and derived ingredients with potential roles as functional foods that protect the gut barrier. Collecting novel evidence should prompt the development of innovative functional food and nutraceuticals.

The Special Issue welcomes articles and reviews concerning the following topics:

- The compositions of edible plants with renewed interest as functional foods;

- The formulation and oral delivery of food ingredients from edible plants;

- The fates of edible plants and their components at gut level;

- The biological roles of edible plants in the gut barrier.

Dr. Stefano Piazza
Dr. Paolo Governa
Guest Editors

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  • edible plants
  • natural compounds
  • functional foods
  • prebiotics
  • gut metabolism
  • gut delivery
  • gut barrier

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