Special Issue "Nutraceuticals and Botanicals: Bioactive Molecules and Therapeutic Properties for Human Health"
A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2017)
Nutraceuticals and botanicals are biologically active phytochemicals that possess health benefits. These may be delivered to the consumer as natural medicines, herbal preparations, and functional foods. These products are likely to play a vital role in human health and longevity. The consumption of these products by the most of the people is usually without a medical prescription and/or supervision: increasing use of these products has also led to concerns about their actual safety. Not only do consumers increasingly take charge of their health, but the scientific information and understanding of the beneficial health effects of bioactive substances have improved. In recent years, the industry has suffered a setback in its growth, due to certain instances of quality failures and/or adverse health effects. This situation has created an urgency for increased regulatory oversight and for monitoring the products at different stages of manufacturing for quality, safety, and integrity. Recent improvements in the identification, characterization, and standardization of raw materials, coupled with screening by human cell line and gene expression-directed fractionation, are expected to improve the development of new nutraceuticals and drugs. These will afford an important benefit to the rapidly emerging alternative, complementary, and integrated healthcare practices. It is also hoped that the nutraceutical/herbal industries and regulatory agencies will work together to prevent the ultimate cost of new drug development from becoming prohibitive.
The proposed topics include, but are not limited to:
- biomarkers and medical properties;
- nutraceuticals and new functional foods;
- herbal preparations and natural medicines;
- botanicals and medicinal plants;
- antioxidants and healthy-properties;
- benefits, adverse effects and drug interactions of herbal medicines;
- quality control and regulatory guidelines;
- marketing and economic evaluation;
- bioactive substances and phytocomplexes;
- analytical strategies for bioactive compound identification and quantification;
- in vivo and in vitro bioactivity of botanicals.
Dr. Dario Donno
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