Special Issue "Medicinal Plants and Foods"
A special issue of Medicines (ISSN 2305-6320).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2018) | Viewed by 47120
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Interests: natural extracts; meat science; bakery science; dairy products; lipolysis and proteolysis; bioactive compounds; development of healthier food products; nutrients; bioactive compounds; food preservation; bioaccessibility; bioavailability
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Medicinal plants or medicinal herbs have been identified and used since ancient times to improve the sensory characteristics of food. The main compounds found in plants correspond to four major biochemical classes: Polyphenols, terpenes, glycosides and alkaloids. Plants synthesize these compounds for a variety of purposes, including protection of the plant against fungi and bacteria, defense against insects and attraction of pollinators and dispersal agents to favor the dispersion of seeds and pollens.
Nowadays, there is also a growing interest in medicinal plants as natural alternatives to synthetic additives in foods because herb and spices are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) and are excellent substitutes for chemical additives. The major activities of extracts and herbs from medicinal plants are antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, antiviral, antifungal and preservative for foods. The use of natural preservatives to increase the shelf life of food systems is a promising technology since many vegetal substances show antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Taking into account all these considerations, recent changes in legislation controlling the use of animal feed additives and increased demand by consumers for healthier meat products, if possible free of chemical additives, have stimulated interest in bioactive secondary metabolites from medicinal plants as alternative performance enhancers.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to publish original research work related to the chemistry of medicinal plants, and the application in food systems. Research work related mainly with antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory activities of medicinal plants and its applications in food systems is welcome. Papers should contribute significantly to furthering scientific knowledge in the above-mentioned scientific fields.Dr. Gema Nieto
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- medicinal plants
- shelf life
- food additives
- antimicrobial, biological activities