Special Issue "Bioactive Compounds and Antioxidant Activity of Extracts from Different Natural Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 191629
Interests: natural products; methods of determination of bioactive compounds and antioxidant activity; different methods of extraction; phenolics and polyphenolics; macro- and micro elements; human health
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“Health is priceless”—this is the maxim that we heard as children but whose truth we appreciate only when we do not feel well. In our everyday life, in the high-tech twenty-first century, we imperceptibly move away from the principles underlying a healthy lifestyle—active movement and a balanced diet. The power of food for the growth and development of the human organism has been known and applied in practice since ancient times. As early as in the fourth century BC, the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates said, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food”. A vast amount of historical evidence—old manuscripts, papyri, archaeological findings—proves that long before the birth of Christ, the ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Japanese, Greeks, and Romans cherished herbs, garlic, onion, honey, and honey products not only as food or spice but also as a medicine. In Hippocrates’ time, as well as during the Roman Empire, the dark years of the Middle Ages, and all the way up to now, wine has been recommended as a therapeutic means. We often forget that in addition to pleasure, food can mean health. Of course, this is only true if you know how to use, combine, and dose it.
Biologically active substances in foods are compounds which help people to maintain their vital functions, prevent multiple diseases, and ensure their effective treatment. There are different classifications of biologically active compounds depending on their origin, their chemical composition, and their structure, as well as on their biological activity, and last but not least, the effect of their influence on human health. Antioxidants and free radicals are popular terms used by both health professionals and specialists in other fields of science.
Over the past few years, an unprecedented explosion of information around the role of oxidative stress on a number of serious diseases such as cancer, diseases of the cardiovascular system, and some degenerative changes as well as diseases of the human organism associated with aging has been registered. Many diseases are associated with the action of the oxidants, which include active forms of oxygen, nitrogen, sulphur-centered radicals, and various other active radical forms. They are generated constantly in the body by means of the normal metabolism, environmental pollutants, and tension and stress that accompany our existence. Food as a source of antioxidants occupies a central role in the battle against the harmful effects of the free radicals, protecting the human body from many diseases, and confirming the dictum of Norman Kretschmer that “Food is the secret key to prevention”.
The main aims of this Special Issue on “Bioactive Compounds and Antioxidant Activity of Extracts from different Natural Plants” is to be an open forum where researchers may share their investigations and findings in this promising field and, thanks to the open access platform, increase their visibility and the chances to interact with industries and the production systems. Contributions to this issue, both in the form of original research or review articles, may cover all aspects of dietary and non-dietary bioactive compounds, nature plants and products, and different type of extractions; studies with a multidisciplinary input, offering new methodologies or insights, are particularly welcome.
Dr. Maria Atanassova
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- Natural plants and products
- Methods of determination of bioactive compounds
- Different methods of extraction
- Methods of determination of antioxidant activity
- Total phenolic and total flavonoid compounds
- Vitamins and macro- and micro elements