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Berries and health



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Nutrition. 2013 Sep 3. pii: S0899-9007(13)00220-7. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2013.04.007. Edible berries: Review on bioactive components and their effect on human health.  Nile SH, Park SW.

Department of Molecular Biotechnology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea. Electronic address: nileshivraj@gmail.com.

The importance of food consumption in relation to human health has increased consumer attention in nutraceutical components and foods, especially fruits and vegetables.

Berries are a rich source of a wide variety of non-nutritive, nutritive, and bioactive compounds such as flavonoids, phenolics, anthocyanins, phenolic acids, stilbenes, and tannins, as well as nutritive compounds such as sugars, essential oils, carotenoids, vitamins, and minerals.

Bioactive compounds from berries have potent antioxidant, anticancer, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antineurodegenerative properties, both in vitro and in vivo. The following is a comprehensive and critical review on nutritional and non-nutritional bioactive compounds of berries including their absorption, metabolism, and biological activity in relation to their potential effect on human health.

Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Blackberries, Blueberries, Human health, Phytochemicals, Raspberries, Strawberries

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