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Botanicals in Human Health

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioactives and Nutraceuticals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 280

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Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University, 400 Dan Allen Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
Interests: pharmacogenomics; diet-gene interactions; energy metabolism; microbiome; botanical products; mitochondria; phenolics; cannabinoids; fungi; fermentation; protein isolate
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Botanical supplementation has emerged as a focal point in contemporary nutritional science, as researchers continue to explore the intricate relationship between foods, bioactive compounds, and human health. The fundamental premise of this field revolves around the idea that the targeted ingestion of selected nutrients or bioactive compounds, often derived from nutrient-dense whole plants, can potentially confer health benefits beyond those provided by a modern diet. However, the science of supplementation is complex, as interactions between bioactive compounds, nutrient synergies, and individual genetic variability must be considered.

Understanding the intricate balance between botanical supplementation, the bioavailability of nutrients in foods, and the sustainability of the agricultural practices is vital for safeguarding human health in the face of evolving nutritional challenges. As we explore the dynamic interplay between dietary supplementation and human health, we gain valuable insights into optimizing our diets for longevity and well-being. The following topics represent the diverse and evolving landscape of scientific research related to dietary supplementation, bioactive compounds, and human health, and will be the main focus of this IJMS Special Issue:

  • Biomarkers for dietary assessment
  • Gene-nutrient Interactions
  • Metabolic pathways and dietary supplementation
  • Gut microbiota and metabolism of bioactive compounds
  • Safety and efficacy of dietary supplementation
  • Natural products from edible plants and fungi
  • Whole food supplementation
  • Future trends in molecular nutritional science

Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky
Guest Editor

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  • dietary supplementation
  • bioactives
  • phytochemicals
  • nutrient bioavailability
  • personalized nutrition
  • nutrigenomics
  • metabolic pathways
  • biomarkers
  • cell signaling
  • whole foods
  • environmental sustainability
  • regulatory framework
  • sustainable farming

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