Special Issue "Polyphenol-Rich Foods for Human Health"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Phytochemicals and Human Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Patrizia Restani
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Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: food allergy; celiac disease; food quality control; food safety; food supplements; antioxidants; wine analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polyphenols are a class of molecules widely represented in nature; they are abundant in all foods of vegetable origin, such as fruit, vegetables, and botanicals.

Polyphenols have received a growing interest due to their possible health properties, which include antioxidant activity and the ability to modulate some risk factors for chronic-degenerative diseases.

There are many studies concerning the association between these molecules and human health; performing a literature search in PuBMed with the terms “polyphenol and human health”, approximately 4200 papers are extracted.

This special number is not an extended review on this topic (already present in the scientific literature) but aims to focus the attention on some critical aspects, such as bioavailability, or describe new research data that broaden the knowledge in the area.

The authors are all engaged in research projects related to the role of diet on human health, to which polyphenols contribute significantly in association with a balanced intake of nutrients.

Dr. Patrizia Restani
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • polyphenols
  • risk factors
  • diet
  • health effects
  • bioavailability

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Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry)-Based Dietary Supplements: Variation in Mass Uniformity, Proanthocyanidin Dosage and Anthocyanin Profile Demonstrates Quality Control Standard Needed
Nutrients 2020, 12(4), 992; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12040992 - 03 Apr 2020
Abstract
Vaccinium macrocarpon (syn. American Cranberry) is employed in dietary supplements (DS) with the aim to improve urinary tract well-being. This property is linked to the antiadhesion-activity of proanthocyanidins (PACs) against uropathogenic-bacteria. However, the current European legislation has been criticized for being weak and [...] Read more.
Vaccinium macrocarpon (syn. American Cranberry) is employed in dietary supplements (DS) with the aim to improve urinary tract well-being. This property is linked to the antiadhesion-activity of proanthocyanidins (PACs) against uropathogenic-bacteria. However, the current European legislation has been criticized for being weak and ineffective. Indeed, recent scientific works report mislabeled, contaminated, and adulterated supplements containing dangerous or unknown compounds, or sold at toxic doses. In this work, we analysed 24 DS that claim to contain cranberry, and to have a specific dosage of PACs. Our tests included the control of the good manufacturing practice according to the European Pharmacopoeia, and the verification of the claimed dosage of PACs. Moreover, in order to confirm the real presence of cranberry in DS, chemical fingerprinting via HPLC-UV/Vis-MS/MS was employed. Our results showed that 17 DS did not comply with the uniformity test of dosage forms, and only five contained cranberry. Finally, 16 DS claimed an incorrect amount of PACs. These data suggest that several cranberry-based DS are present in the European market with insufficient quality controls. Considering that often DS are self-prescribed by consumer relying on their claim, the data obtained in this work should encourage more controls and stricter rules. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Author: Mihaela Badea et al.

Affiliation: Transilvania University of Brasov, Faculty of Medicine, Brasov (Romania)

Title: Lifestyle and polyphenol intake

Author:Raffaella Boggia et al.

Affiliation: DIFAR Dept. of Pharmacy, Group of Pharmaceutical and Food Chemistry and Technology, Università degli Studi di Genova 

Title:Bud-derivatives as a novel source of polyphenols for the human diet

Author:Francesca Colombo et al. 

Affiliation: Dept. Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano (Italy)

Title:Pigmented corn varieties as functional ingredients for the diet of celiac patients

Author: Chiara Di Lorenzo et al.

Affiliation: Polyphenols, Dept. Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano (Italy)  

Title:Does bioavailability of polyphenols support their positive effects on human health?

Author: Gary Williamson

Affiliation: Monash University, Australia  

Title:The effect of food processing on polyphenol content

 

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