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Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2018 Dec 3:1-14. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2018.1540969. [Epub ahead of print]

Impact of plant extracts upon human health: A review.

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a CBQF - Centro de Biotecnologia e Química Fina - Laboratório Associado, Escola Superior de Biotecnologia , Universidade Católica Portuguesa/Porto , Porto , Portugal.

Abstract

With the increase in evidences directly linking diet and health, several foodstuffs, such as phenolic rich fruits and vegetables, have emerged as possessing potential health benefits. Plants, given their fiber and phenolic content (and their intrinsic biological potential), have long been considered as contributing to health promotion. Therefore, the present work aimed to review the existing evidences regarding the various potential benefits of plant extracts' and plant extract-based products' consumption, with emphasis on in vivo works and epidemiological studies whenever available. Overall, the information available supports that, while there are indications of the potential benefits of plant extracts' consumption, further human-based studies are still needed to establish a true cause-effect.

KEYWORDS:

Health promotion; dietary fiber; functional foods; phenolic compounds; plant extracts

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