Brief Introduction to Polyphenols, Bioactive Phytochemicals for Human Health
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Marcello Iriti and Elena M. Varoni
Phytochemicals include a huge array of plant products relevant for their
biological activities. Among these, polyphenols have extensively been studied because
of their ecological roles in plants and healthy properties relevant to humans. In
particular, the diets rich in plant foods have been associated to a reduced risk of chronic
degenerative diseases (cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and some types of cancer), probably due to their high content of bioactive polyphenols as well as of other
phytochemicals (carotenoids, glucosinolates, phytosterols…). In this chapter, we briefly
introduce polyphenols, both from the plant and the human perspective, focusing on their
Antioxidant activity, diet, functional foods, healthy lifestyles,
nutraceuticals, plant foods.
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