Culinary herbs and spices: their bioactive properties, the contribution of polyphenols and the challenges in deducing their true health benefits

Opara, Elizabeth I. and Chohan, Magali (2014) Culinary herbs and spices: their bioactive properties, the contribution of polyphenols and the challenges in deducing their true health benefits. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 15(10), pp. 19183-19202. ISSN (print) 1422-0067

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Abstract

Herbs and spices have been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes for centuries. Over the last decade, research into their role as contributors of dietary polyphenols, known to possess a number of properties associated with reducing the risk of developing chronic non-communicable diseases, has increased. However, bearing in mind how these foods are consumed, normally in small quantities and in combination with other foods, it is unclear what their true benefit is from a health perspective. The aim of this review is to use the literature to discuss how preparative and digestive processes, bioavailability and interactions between foods may influence the bioactive properties of these foods, and whether or not polyphenols are responsible for these properties. Furthermore, this review aims to highlight the challenges that need to be addressed so as to determine the true benefits of these foods and the mechanisms of action that underpin their purported efficacy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work was funded by Kingston University [Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Group PHD].
Uncontrolled Keywords: herbs, spices, polyphenols, bioactive properties, health
Research Area: Agriculture, veterinary and food science
Allied health professions and studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing > School of Life Sciences
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Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 10:54
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2017 13:35
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/29342

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