Chapter Seven High molecular weight plant poplyphenols (tannins): Prospective functions

Takashi Yoshida, Tsutomu Hatano, Hideyuki Ito

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The marked progress that has been made in phytochemical studies of plant polyphenols, over several decades, has revealed numerous novel tannins and related compounds from a wide array of plant species. These findings have not only encouraged studies of the biosynthetic properties 67,68 and chemical synthesis 69,70 of these substances, but have also stimulated attempts to evaluate the physiological functions of chemically defined tannins. Newly discovered biological functions with respect to polyphenols from medicinal plants and edible fruits and beverages have led to claims that these substances have the potential to be used in the treatment of various chronic diseases that are related to oxidative stress and microbial infections. In the future, studies of plant polyphenols, based on the absorption and metabolism of ingested tannins and related polyphenols, will focus on the challenge of obtaining a better understanding of the bioavailability of these substances in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Phytochemistry
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameRecent Advances in Phytochemistry
ISSN (Print)0079-9920

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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