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Bioactive Compounds and Antioxidant Activity in Different Types of Berries

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Department of Food Analysis and Chemistry, Faculty of Technology, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, nam. T.G. Masaryka 5555, CZ-760 01 Zlin, Czech Republic
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Institut for Teacher Training, Faculty of Central European Studies, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Drazovska 4, Nitra SK-949 74, Slovakia
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Department of Viticulture and Enology, Faculty of Horticulture, Mendel University in Brno, Valticka 337, CZ-691 44 Lednice, Czech Republic
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(10), 24673-24706; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms161024673
Received: 30 July 2015 / Revised: 12 September 2015 / Accepted: 23 September 2015 / Published: 16 October 2015
Berries, especially members of several families, such as Rosaceae (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry), and Ericaceae (blueberry, cranberry), belong to the best dietary sources of bioactive compounds (BAC). They have delicious taste and flavor, have economic importance, and because of the antioxidant properties of BAC, they are of great interest also for nutritionists and food technologists due to the opportunity to use BAC as functional foods ingredients. The bioactive compounds in berries contain mainly phenolic compounds (phenolic acids, flavonoids, such as anthocyanins and flavonols, and tannins) and ascorbic acid. These compounds, either individually or combined, are responsible for various health benefits of berries, such as prevention of inflammation disorders, cardiovascular diseases, or protective effects to lower the risk of various cancers. In this review bioactive compounds of commonly consumed berries are described, as well as the factors influencing their antioxidant capacity and their health benefits. View Full-Text
Keywords: berry; bioactive compounds; antioxidant activity; phenolic compounds; anthocyanins; health benefits berry; bioactive compounds; antioxidant activity; phenolic compounds; anthocyanins; health benefits
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Skrovankova, S.; Sumczynski, D.; Mlcek, J.; Jurikova, T.; Sochor, J. Bioactive Compounds and Antioxidant Activity in Different Types of Berries. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 24673-24706.

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