Special Issue "Healthy Benefits of Nutraceutical, Phytochemicals in Agricultural Products"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2012)
Prof. Dr. David D. Kitts
Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Food, Nutrition and Health, FNH 243 - 2205 East Mall, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone: +1 604 822 1219
Fax: +1 604 822 6394
Interests: food chemistry; functional foods; bioactive food components; lipids; antioxidants; health
Prof. Dr. Sherry A. Tanumihardjo
Nutritional Sciences Building, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1415 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA
Phone: +1 608 265 0792
Fax: +1 608 262 5860
Interests: anthocyanins; carotenoids; nutrition; phytochemicals; staple crops; vegetables
Functional foods and beverages, along with dietary supplements have received excellent growth in market share for North American, Asia Pacific and European food and natural health product companies. This success can be attributed mostly to the enhanced recognition by consumers on the importance of a healthy diet and the search for value-added food products which can offer potential health benefits. In addition to the increased awareness on the link between human health and diet, other trend drivers influencing growth of the function food industry include aging consumer populations; government recognized pressures to reduce healthcare costs, scientific improvements on evaluating safety and efficacy of newly formulated products, and finally increased interest by manufactures to establish distinct differentiation in their products.
The role of Agriculture in meeting the challenges of identifying and securing globalization of functional ingredients for healthy human diets has evolved from the traditional production of raw food products and food processing. The modernization of methods used to recover high quality food ingredients from traditional crop sources, combined with advances in novel food engineering technologies that ensure purity, functionality and thus efficacy for use in food formulations, underpin the activities required for new functional food products to establish regulatory approval and introduction of product-specific health claims.
This issue will bring together the interface between Agriculture and Human Health as it relates to the standards of evidence presently available for employing bioactive ingredients derived from stable agricultural crops, for use in functional food product development and enhanced human nutrition for today’s consumer.
Prof. Dr. David D. Kitts
Prof. Dr. Sherry A. Tanumihardjo
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- bioactive phytochemicals
- healthy benefits
- metabolic syndrome
Agriculture 2012, 2(3), 204-210; doi:10.3390/agriculture2030204
Received: 28 May 2012; in revised form: 31 July 2012 / Accepted: 15 August 2012 / Published: 22 August 2012| Download PDF Full-text (567 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Agriculture 2012, 2(4), 452-471; doi:10.3390/agriculture2040452
Received: 19 October 2012; in revised form: 12 November 2012 / Accepted: 10 December 2012 / Published: 18 December 2012| Download PDF Full-text (240 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Biological Characterization of Cynara cardunculus L. Methanolic Extracts: Antioxidant, Anti-proliferative, Anti-migratory and Anti-angiogenic Activities
Agriculture 2012, 2(4), 472-492; doi:10.3390/agriculture2040472
Received: 12 October 2012; in revised form: 12 November 2012 / Accepted: 10 December 2012 / Published: 19 December 2012| Download PDF Full-text (793 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Agriculture 2013, 3(1), 33-52; doi:10.3390/agriculture3010033
Received: 30 November 2012; in revised form: 11 January 2013 / Accepted: 12 January 2013 / Published: 25 January 2013| Download PDF Full-text (291 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Agriculture 2013, 3(1), 90-111; doi:10.3390/agriculture3010090
Received: 17 December 2012; in revised form: 28 January 2013 / Accepted: 29 January 2013 / Published: 22 February 2013| Download PDF Full-text (535 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Protein Hydrolysates from Agricultural Crops—Bioactivity and Potential for Functional Food Development
Agriculture 2013, 3(1), 112-130; doi:10.3390/agriculture3010112
Received: 4 November 2012; in revised form: 8 February 2013 / Accepted: 17 February 2013 / Published: 25 February 2013| Download PDF Full-text (211 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Agriculture 2013, 3(1), 131-146; doi:10.3390/agriculture3010131
Received: 29 November 2012; in revised form: 16 February 2013 / Accepted: 17 February 2013 / Published: 28 February 2013| Download PDF Full-text (199 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Agriculture 2013, 3(1), 170-187; doi:10.3390/agriculture3010170
Received: 30 November 2012; in revised form: 1 February 2013 / Accepted: 17 February 2013 / Published: 19 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (259 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Review: Enhanced Accumulation of Vitamins, Nutraceuticals and Minerals in Lettuces Associated with Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF): A Question of Interest for Both Vegetables and Humans
Agriculture 2013, 3(1), 188-209; doi:10.3390/agriculture3010188
Received: 3 December 2012; in revised form: 8 February 2013 / Accepted: 1 March 2013 / Published: 20 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (315 KB)
Article: Studies on Mitigating Lipid Oxidation Reactions in a Value-Added Dairy Product Using a Standardized Cranberry Extract
Agriculture 2013, 3(2), 236-252; doi:10.3390/agriculture3020236
Received: 8 February 2013; in revised form: 22 March 2013 / Accepted: 29 March 2013 / Published: 10 April 2013| Download PDF Full-text (236 KB) | Download XML Full-text
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Nutraceutical Profile of Italian Organic-grown Onion (Allium cepa L.) Genotypes
Authors: Luigi Francesco Di Cesare1, Roberto Lo Scalzo 1, Carmela Anna Migliori 1, Gabriele Campanelli 2 and Valentino Ferrari 2
Affiliations: 1CRA-IAA, Via G. Venezian, 26 20133 Milano, Italy
2 CRA-ORA, Via Salaria, 1, 63030, Monsampolo del Tronto (AP), Italy
Abstract: Suasa, Precoce di Romagna, Tropea and Density onion genotypes, organically cultivated (CRA-ORA), have been subjected to some quality aspects The attention was particularly focused on unsaturated sulphur volatile compounds (USVC) due to their anti-carcinogenic effects. Moreover, quercetins are noted for their antioxidant capabilities among many polyphenols compounds. The USVC content ranged from 3.18-3.71 mg/100g dm, except for Suasa (1.92 mg/100g dm). Quercetins, highly correlated with antiradical activity (rxy=0.92), measured by DPPH* in vitro test scavenging, revealed high content in Density and Tropea (43.3 and 30.6 mg/100g fw), and low amount in Precoce di Romagna and Suasa (13.1 and 11.4 mg/100g fw).
Type of Paper: Review
Title: The Potential Role of Anthocyanins in Human Health
Author: Shawn Somerset
Affiliation: School of Allied and Public Health; Australian Catholic University; Brisbane, Australia
Abstract: Anthocyanins belong to the most common class of phenolic compounds, flavonoids and occur ubiquitously in plants, conferring the bright red, blue and purple colours of fruits and vegetables. Major sources of anthocyanins comprise blueberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, purple grapes and red wine. Anthocyanins demonstrate a number of biological attributes linked to anti-carcinogenic, cardioprotective, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective effects, and visual health, especially related to diabetes. This review highlights the major potential health effects of anthocyanin intake and prospective ways in which to utilize the dietary constituents to their full potential. The bioavailability, metabolism, metabolic pathway saturation, and chemical stability have been identified as key issues to move towards their use in preventive or therapeutic contacts.
Last update: 8 April 2013