Special Issue "Preventive and Therapeutic Nutraceuticals against Chronic Diseases"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.
Interests: secondary metabolism of plants under stress conditions; functional foods and cell molecular targets; postharvest biology and technology
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This Special Issue, "Preventive and Therapeutic Nutraceuticals against Chronic Diseases", will cover a selection of recent research topics and current review articles in the field of nutraceuticals, focusing on in vitro, in vivo, and clinical studies evaluating their potential application as preventive and therapeutic agents against chronic disease. Experimental papers, up-to-date review articles, and commentaries are all welcome.
Today, chronic diseases are the leading causes of death worldwide, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular (ischemic heart disease, stroke), respiratory (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and neurological disorders (Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias). Two main approaches have been used to combat chronic diseases: prevention and treatment. Some treatments exist that ease symptoms and can sometimes cure chronic diseases if diagnosed early but are very expensive and may have adverse side effects. Developing a new drug is highly costly. Thus, researchers have been increasingly investigating a group of compounds naturally found in foods, known as nutraceuticals, for the management of chronic diseases. Nutraceuticals possess many attractive advantages; they are natural, safe for consumption, less expensive than drugs, and have preventive and therapeutic activities against chronic diseases. Hence, nutraceuticals have potential as alternative treatments for CDDs.
There are three states linked to developing a chronic disease as indicated in the following figure: the healthy, pre-disease, and disease states. The pre-disease state is a condition where an individual presents certain symptoms that if not attended might develop into disease (e.g., high level of glucose in the blood might lead to diabetes; polyps in the colon might develop into colon cancer). In this Special Issue, we would like to receive contributions that add information about specific nutraceuticals that can reverse the pre-disease state to the healthy state and the disease state to the pre-disease state. Studies evaluating nutraceuticals by in vitro, in vivo and clinical studies are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Chronic diseases
- In vitro studies
- In vivo studies
- Clinical studies
- Preventive effect
- Therapeutic effect