Prenylated Flavonoids in Food

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Prenylflavonoids, which are also often referred to as prenylated flavonoids, are one of the classes of naturally occurring flavonoids that are widely distributed in plants. They possess at least one prenyl group on the flavonoid skeleton and have various reported bioactivities. Several prenylated flavonoids have been reported from edible plant species, such as H. lupulus, G. glabra, M. alba, A. heterophyllus, G. max, etc., and their efficacy for promoting human health has been discussed by mainly investigating their bioactivities. This chapter summarizes the bioactivities, bioavailabilities, and metabolism of the prenylated flavonoids from H. lupulus, G. glabra, M. alba, A. heterophyllus, and G. max, as well as their safety, application in foods, and some restrictions.


Food sources Prenylated flavonoids Bioactivity Application Safety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Natural MedicineUniversity of ToyamaToyamaJapan
  2. 2.Natural Products Chemistry Research Unit, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of DschangDschangCameroon

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