Molecules 2012, 17(1), 61-79; doi:10.3390/molecules17010061
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Phenolic Profile of Edible Honeysuckle Berries (Genus Lonicera) and Their Biological Effects

1, 2, 2, 3,4, 1, 1, 5, 3,6, 3,4 and 3,4,* email
Received: 18 November 2011; in revised form: 14 December 2011 / Accepted: 19 December 2011 / Published: 22 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Section Natural Products)
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Abstract: The current status of research on polyphenolic compounds in the berries of edible honeysuckle and their biological effects, including recommended utilization, are reviewed. The major classes of phenolic compounds in the blue berried honeysuckle are flavonols (quercetin, rutin, quercitrin) and flavanes (proanthocyanidins, catechins) and anthocyanins. Cyanidin-3-glucoside and cyanidin-3-rutinoside are considered as major anthocyanidins in edible honeysuckle berries. Such a high level of antioxidant activity in the berries of different species of the genus Lonicera is especially due to the high level of polyphenolic compounds, especially anthocyanins. These berries seem to be prospective sources of health-supporting phytochemicals that exhibit beneficial anti-adherence and chemo-protective activities, thus they may provide protection against a number of chronic conditions, e.g., cancer, diabetes mellitus, tumour growth or cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.
Keywords: edible honeysuckle; polyphenolic compounds; anthocyanins; antioxidant activity; biological effect
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Jurikova, T.; Rop, O.; Mlcek, J.; Sochor, J.; Balla, S.; Szekeres, L.; Hegedusova, A.; Hubalek, J.; Adam, V.; Kizek, R. Phenolic Profile of Edible Honeysuckle Berries (Genus Lonicera) and Their Biological Effects. Molecules 2012, 17, 61-79.

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Jurikova T, Rop O, Mlcek J, Sochor J, Balla S, Szekeres L, Hegedusova A, Hubalek J, Adam V, Kizek R. Phenolic Profile of Edible Honeysuckle Berries (Genus Lonicera) and Their Biological Effects. Molecules. 2012; 17(1):61-79.

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Jurikova, Tunde; Rop, Otakar; Mlcek, Jiri; Sochor, Jiri; Balla, Stefan; Szekeres, Ladislav; Hegedusova, Alzbeta; Hubalek, Jaromir; Adam, Vojtech; Kizek, Rene. 2012. "Phenolic Profile of Edible Honeysuckle Berries (Genus Lonicera) and Their Biological Effects." Molecules 17, no. 1: 61-79.

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