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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
ISSN: 1596-5996
EISSN: 1596-9827
Vol. 7, No. 3, 2008, pp. 1089-1099
Bioline Code: pr08030
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2008, pp. 1089-1099

 en Flavonoids as Nutraceuticals: A Review
Tapas, A.R.; Sakarkar, D.M. & Kakde, R.B.

Abstract

Phenolic compounds form one of the main classes of secondary metabolites. They display a large range of structures and are responsible for the major organoleptic characteristics of plant-derived foods and beverages, particularly color and taste properties. They also contribute to the nutritional qualities of fruits and vegetables. Among these compounds, flavonoids constitute one of the most ubiquitous groups of plant phenolics. Owing to their importance in food organoleptic properties and human health, a better understanding of their structures and biological activities indicates their potentials as therapeutic agents and also for predicting and controlling food quality. Due to the variety of pharmacological activities in the mammalian body, flavonoids are more correctly referred as "nutraceuticals".

Keywords
Bioflavonoids, Structure-Classification, Nutraceuticals, Antimicrobial activities, Anti-oxidant activity, Metabolic effects

 
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