Special Issue "Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods: Health Benefits, Impact of Processing and Bioavailability"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Oliver Chen

Guest Editor
1. Biofortis Research, Merieux Nutrisciences, Addison, IL, USA
2. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA
Interests: antioxidants; oxidative stress; polyphenols; flavonoids; glucoregulation; inflammation; tree nuts; berries; whole grains
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Functional foods and nutraceuticals encompass food products with the properties for health promotion and disease prevention beyond the provision of basic nutritional needs for the maintenance of human physiology. The efficacy of the health benefits through mechanisms of action such as antioxidation, anti-inflammation, glucose regulation, cholesterol reduction, and others on cardiometabolic, neurological, and gastrointestinal health and physical and mental performance may not yet be fully realized. One of the reasons is that bioactive nutrients may not be greatly bioavailable and based on the amount consumed may reach targeted tissue at insufficient levels to generate a significant bioactivity. In order to achieve the full health potential of functional foods and nutraceuticals containing poorly bioavailable constituents, innovative strategies such as formulation and processing can be employed to facilitate their absorption and transportation to targeted tissues. Another emerging concept is that the biological actions of some functional foods and nutraceuticals are derived from the microbial processing of unabsorbed nutrients in the large intestine  (e.g., urolithins from ellagitannins). The sustainability of the food system requires the upcycling of by-products of food processing that are historically unused by humans. Particularly, bioactive constituents of these by-products can be processed to generate a value-added ingredient for functional foods and nutraceuticals. Food fermentation, which has historically been used for food preservation, has become a novel way to develop functional foods and nutraceuticals.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Chen
Guest Editor

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  • microbiome
  • fermentation
  • by-product
  • formulation
  • processing
  • pharmacokinetics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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