Nutraceuticals: Prospects, Sources and Role in Health and Disease


Series: Food Science and Technology
BISAC: TEC012000

Bioactive phytochemicals contribute immensely to the operations and functions that occur within human beings. Scientists have coined the term “nutraceuticals” to describe any plant-based biochemical substances that positively affect physical condition and status. They promote health benefits and serve many purposes, such as acting as antioxidants, cancer inhibitors, hepatoprotectants, hypertensive inhibitors, and possessing antidiabetic and antidepressant properties, among other qualities. With these characteristics in mind, the authors describe how these nutraceuticals aid in the prevention and treatments of diseases. The authors intend for their research to aid in the further exploration and discovery of new drug designs and applications for nutraceuticals. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Nutraceuticals as Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Adjuvant Effect with Depression and Schizophrenia
Noboru Motohashi (Meiji Pharmaceutical University, Noshio, Koyoseshi, Tokyo, Japan)

Chapter 2. Common Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris): A Brief Description of Nutritional and Nutraceutical Profiles for Potential Weight-Control Applications
Lourdes Valadez-Carmona, Carla Patricia Plazola-Jacinto, Marcela Hernández-Ortega, and Gabriela Gutiérrez-Salmeán (Departamento de Ingeniería Bioquímica, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, México, and others)

Chapter 3. Obtention and Nutraceutical Characterization of an Enzymatic Extract Derived from Rice Bran
Elisa Revilla, Consuelo Santa María, M. Dolores Herrera, Juan Parrado, and Angélica Castaño (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Seville, Spain)

Chapter 4. Phyto-Melatonin: A Natural Substance from Plants with Interesting Nutraceutical Properties
Marino B. Arnao and Josefa Hernández-Ruiz (Department of Plant Biology, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain)

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Audience: 1. for students (undergraduated and graduated): pharmaceutical, medicinal, biological students.
2. Professional: Phytochemical researchers.

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