This Brief presents comprehensive coverage of anthocyanins. The text covers the scientific literature and clinical significance of this Flavonoid sub-group, with a special focus on their therapeutic aspects. In focusing on secondary metabolites in plants, this work aims to cover the resulting therapeutic potential for humans by referencing the numerous herbal-derived substances which have been evaluated and the rapidly growing data on the interactions of anthocyanins with the microbiome.
Anthocyanins and Human Health: Biomolecular and therapeutic aspects covers all angles of biomolecular, in vitro and in vivo anthocyanins from their general chemical structure to their use as a coloring agent. The intake, metabolism and secretion of anthocyanins in the human body are covered in-depth, as are the biosynthetic pathways through which these compounds are synthesized in the natural system. Factors affecting stability and extraction are listed, and health related uses and biological activities are covered in great detail. Present and future trends in anthocyanins research are also presented.
Table of contents :
Front Matter....Pages i-xii
Diet and Herbal-Derived Medicines....Pages 1-19
Introduction to Anthocyanins....Pages 21-33
Occurrence of Anthocyanins in Plants....Pages 35-46
Anthocyanins as Natural Colors....Pages 47-55
Anthocyanins Absorption and Metabolism....Pages 57-69
Biosynthesis and Stability of Anthocyanins....Pages 71-86
The Role of Anthocyanins in Health as Antioxidant, in Bone Health and as Heart Protecting Agents....Pages 87-107
The Role of Anthocyanins in Obesity and Diabetes....Pages 109-123
Anthocyanins Effects on Carcinogenesis, Immune System and the Central Nervous System....Pages 125-138