Special Issue "Mediterranean Edible Plants: An Assessment of Their Antioxidant, Radical Scavenger Properties and Their Use As Super Foods, Nutraceuticals, Functional Foods"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: phytochemicals, molecular modeling, nutraceuticals, superfood, peptides, proteins
The Mediterranean diet is recognized to prevent several human diseases, endothelium damage, dysmetabolism, and cardiopathy. Extracts from edible plants may prevent pathology-associated cell damages, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, and physiological processes, such as metabolism and inflammation. Consumption of plant products is of great importance in the Mediterranean diet, known for its benefits on human health. Wild and in-house edible plants which are cooked or consumed as raw salads as part of the Mediterranean-style diet contain a considerable polyphenolic content and exhibit a strong antioxidant activity. In the Mediterranean basin, wild plants rich with antioxidants are harvested and are eaten seasonally. For example, red chicory and blueberry, which are vegetables and fruits, are among the richest antioxidants used as traditional food. Epidemiological data suggest that cardiovascular diseases are lower in the Mediterranean area, where plant foods rich in antioxidants constitute a significant part of the diet. Recently attention has been focused on the possible health benefits of foods with high free-radical trapping activity, since radicals formation is a key process of diverse cardiovascular and neurological pathologies in humans. Therefore, the radical trapping properties of the Mediterranean flora characterized by plant species endowed with various properties, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, antibacterial, and antidiabetic, deserve further investigation and justify the search for new sources of natural antioxidants.
Prof. Adriano Mollica
Dr. Azzurra Stefanucci
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- Radical scavenger
- Mediterranean diet
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