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Nutraceuticals and Cancer: Potential for Natural Polyphenols

IRC-FSH Department of Health Sciences, University “Magna Græcia” of Catanzaro, 88100 Catanzaro, Italy
Nutramed S.c.a.r.l, Complesso Ninì Barbieri, Roccelletta di Borgia, 88021 Catanzaro, Italy
Medical Oncology 1, Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, IRCCS, 00144 Rome, Italy
IRCCS San Raffaele, Via di Valcannuta 247, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Academic Editors: Hiroto Narimatsu and Yuri Yaguchi
Nutrients 2021, 13(11), 3834;
Received: 30 September 2021 / Revised: 20 October 2021 / Accepted: 25 October 2021 / Published: 27 October 2021
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death globally, associated with multifactorial pathophysiological components. In particular, genetic mutations, infection or inflammation, unhealthy eating habits, exposition to radiation, work stress, and/or intake of toxins have been found to contribute to the development and progression of cancer disease states. Early detection of cancer and proper treatment have been found to enhance the chances of survival and healing, but the side effects of anticancer drugs still produce detrimental responses that counteract the benefits of treatment in terms of hospitalization and survival. Recently, several natural bioactive compounds were found to possess anticancer properties, capable of killing transformed or cancerous cells without being toxic to their normal counterparts. This effect occurs when natural products are associated with conventional treatments, thereby suggesting that nutraceutical supplementation may contribute to successful anticancer therapy. This review aims to discuss the current literature on four natural bioactive extracts mostly characterized by a specific polyphenolic profile. In particular, several activities have been reported to contribute to nutraceutical support in anticancer treatment: (1) inhibition of cell proliferation, (2) antioxidant activity, and (3) anti-inflammatory activity. On the other hand, owing to their attenuation of the toxic effect of current anticancer therapies, natural antioxidants may contribute to improving the compliance of patients undergoing anticancer treatment. Thus, nutraceutical supplementation, along with current anticancer drug treatment, may be considered for better responses and compliance in patients with cancer. It should be noted, however, that when data from studies with bioactive plant preparations are discussed, it is appropriate to ensure that experiments have been conducted in accordance with accepted pharmacological research practices so as not to disclose information that is only partially correct. View Full-Text
Keywords: polyphenols; bergamot; oleuropein; quercetin; curcumin; apoptosis; inflammation; antioxidant property polyphenols; bergamot; oleuropein; quercetin; curcumin; apoptosis; inflammation; antioxidant property
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Maiuolo, J.; Gliozzi, M.; Carresi, C.; Musolino, V.; Oppedisano, F.; Scarano, F.; Nucera, S.; Scicchitano, M.; Bosco, F.; Macri, R.; Ruga, S.; Cardamone, A.; Coppoletta, A.; Mollace, A.; Cognetti, F.; Mollace, V. Nutraceuticals and Cancer: Potential for Natural Polyphenols. Nutrients 2021, 13, 3834.

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Maiuolo J, Gliozzi M, Carresi C, Musolino V, Oppedisano F, Scarano F, Nucera S, Scicchitano M, Bosco F, Macri R, Ruga S, Cardamone A, Coppoletta A, Mollace A, Cognetti F, Mollace V. Nutraceuticals and Cancer: Potential for Natural Polyphenols. Nutrients. 2021; 13(11):3834.

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Maiuolo, Jessica, Micaela Gliozzi, Cristina Carresi, Vincenzo Musolino, Francesca Oppedisano, Federica Scarano, Saverio Nucera, Miriam Scicchitano, Francesca Bosco, Roberta Macri, Stefano Ruga, Antonio Cardamone, Annarita Coppoletta, Annachiara Mollace, Francesco Cognetti, and Vincenzo Mollace. 2021. "Nutraceuticals and Cancer: Potential for Natural Polyphenols" Nutrients 13, no. 11: 3834.

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