Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 1998 Nov; 1(6): 539-47.
Chemoprevention--a novel approach in dietetics.
Institute for Biological Chemistry & Nutrition, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. [email protected]
Chemoprotective potential of naturally occurring phytochemicals in food is a major area of scientific interest. Results acquired from epidemiologic studies suggest a reduced risk of degenerative diseases with high phytochemical consumption. Bioavailability of phytochemicals is a critical issue, though their significant absorption has been demonstrated. Phytochemicals possess an array of biochemical and pharmacological qualities like antioxidative, anticarcinogenic, antimicrobial, cholesterol-lowering and antithrombotic activities.