Special Issue "Plant-Derived Bioactive Molecules in Improving Health and Preventing Lifestyle Diseases"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Interests: medicinal and edible plants; ethnobotany; secondary metabolites; biological activities; oxidative stress; inflammation; cytotoxicity
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Interests: plant extracts; natural compounds; oxidative stress; cancer; inflammation; metabolic disorders; diabetes; cardiovascular diseases
In many plant-derived products and plant-based foods, regardless of their nutritional value, some bioactive molecules that show several beneficial effects due to their biological activity are present. It has been widely demonstrated that they play a key role in the prevention of various disorders, thus exerting protective effects on human health. Natural products, in fact, because of their several pharmacological and biological activities, are considered promising alternatives to the classical pharmacological approaches in preventing many harmful conditions linked to civilization. Lifestyle diseases, also known as diseases of civilization, include those pathological conditions associated with people’s habits and their life conditions and also the environment in which they live or operate. Respiratory problems, damage to the cardiovascular system, irritation of the eyes, mouth, and nose, reduced immunity, metabolic disorders, and chronic inflammation are only some of the consequences of everyday life. These harmful conditions may evolve in a more serious pathological condition, such as cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic syndrome, cancers, and many more. This Special Issue, “Plant-Derived Bioactive Molecules in Improving Health and Preventing Lifestyle Diseases”, aims to report the health effects of bioactive natural compounds in vitro, in vivo, and in clinical studies, including the characterization of source and bioactive constituents. Furthermore, it intends to focus on the variety of their protective action mechanisms in chronic inflammation, redox and metabolic homeostasis, cellular restoring pathway, and organ and tissue functionality related to lifestyle diseases. Original research articles, reviews, and short communications in this field would be welcome from experts.
Prof. Dr. Rosaria Acquaviva
Prof. Dr. Claudia Di Giacomo
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- botanical compounds
- oxidative stress
- metabolic syndrome
- chronic disorders
- neurodegenerative diseases
- aging-associated disorders
- gastrointestinal dysfunction
- integrative medicine