Bioactive Ingredients in Plants Related to Human Health

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2024 | Viewed by 1506

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1. Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences, University Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
2. National Biodiversity Future Center (NBFC), 90133 Palermo, Italy
Interests: amino acid metabolism; metabolomics; cell cycle; signal transduction; aging; protein aggregation; ubiquitination; phosphorylation; nutrition; neurodegeneration

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Guest Editor
1. Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences, University Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
2. National Biodiversity Future Center (NBFC), 90133 Palermo, Italy
Interests: metabolism; cancer; environmental carcinogenesis; cadmium; neurodegeneration; protein aggregation; food and nutrition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, entitled “Bioactive Ingredients in Plants Related to Human Health”, will explore the impact of natural products, which originate from plants, on human wellness.

Plants contain secondary metabolites that are very specific and represent a fascinating library of bioactive compounds with a broad activity in the context of human health.

As society strives to transition towards more sustainable development pathways, it is important to investigate the link between biodiversity, nutritional status and human well-being.

Nutrients, supplements and herbal bioactive compounds have shown promise as complementary tools in the treatment and prevention of chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), such as obesity, type II diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and neurodegenerative diseases.

Consistent with the journal Nutrients, we welcome original research articles, reviews and commentaries, aiming at elucidating the role of nutrients, supplements and herbal compounds in counteracting pathogenetic factors inducing NCDs, with a special emphasis on disease prevention.

Dr. Paola Coccetti
Dr. Paola Fusi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sustainability
  • prevention
  • healthy nutrition
  • chemical characterization
  • plant-based diets
  • non-communicable diseases
  • metabolism
  • oxidative stress
  • molecular mechanisms

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Exploiting Natural Niches with Neuroprotective Properties: A Comprehensive Review
by Hind Moukham, Alessia Lambiase, Giovanni Davide Barone, Farida Tripodi and Paola Coccetti
Nutrients 2024, 16(9), 1298; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu16091298 - 26 Apr 2024
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Natural products from mushrooms, plants, microalgae, and cyanobacteria have been intensively explored and studied for their preventive or therapeutic potential. Among age-related pathologies, neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases) represent a worldwide health and social problem. Since several pathological mechanisms are [...] Read more.
Natural products from mushrooms, plants, microalgae, and cyanobacteria have been intensively explored and studied for their preventive or therapeutic potential. Among age-related pathologies, neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases) represent a worldwide health and social problem. Since several pathological mechanisms are associated with neurodegeneration, promising strategies against neurodegenerative diseases are aimed to target multiple processes. These approaches usually avoid premature cell death and the loss of function of damaged neurons. This review focuses attention on the preventive and therapeutic potential of several compounds derived from natural sources, which could be exploited for their neuroprotective effect. Curcumin, resveratrol, ergothioneine, and phycocyanin are presented as examples of successful approaches, with a special focus on possible strategies to improve their delivery to the brain. Full article
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