Łukasiewicz Research Network; Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Warszawa, Poland
*Corresponding Author: Grzegorz Grynkiewicz, Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Warszawa, Poland.
Received: November 18, 2019; Published: December 05, 2019
In the past structural diversity of natural products have inspired mainly organic and medicinal chemists, looking for new pharmacophoric fragments useful for design of novel drugs. Ethnopharmacology and its more recent advanced form – pharmacognosy, classified plants into poisonous and curative categories, but practically neglected chemical components of plants cultivated for food and feed. Contemporary life sciences drawing from newly acquired knowledge of genomics, genetic engineering, and systems biology, have largely changed traditional landscape of strictly divided disciplines and fields of science. Fading borders between natural product chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry and nutrition sciences, call for a new look at renewable biological resources and designing most rational way of their exploitation. In particular, beside cultivated medicinal plants, from which active pharmaceuticals are isolated with due care, other kinds of biomass including agricultural crops, spices, vegetables and fruits, should be looked at as multipurpose raw materials, which contain some valuable phytochemicals, compounds of considerable potential for improving human health and well-being.
Keywords: Natural Products; Plant Metabolites; Plant Phenolics; Flavonoids; Health Benefits; Chemoprevention
Citation: Grzegorz Grynkiewicz. “Phytochemicals Between Nutrition and Medicine".Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 4.1 (2020): 24-29.
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