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Asparagus Saponins: Chemical Characterization, Bioavailability and Intervention in Human Health

Amel Hamdi, Ana JimeÌ nez-Araujo, Rocío Rodríguez-Arcos, Sara Jaramillo-Carmona, Rafael GuilleÌ n-Bejarano, Mokhtar Lachaal and Najoua Karray Bouraoui
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Rafael GuilleÌ n-Bejarano: Phytochemicals and Food Quality Group, Instituto de la Grasa (CSIC), Spain
Najoua Karray Bouraoui: Unité de Physiologie et de Biochimie de la réponse des plantes aux contraintes abiotiques, Tunisie

Nutrition & Food Science International Journal, 2018, vol. 7, issue 1, 26-31

Abstract: In the last years, there has been increasing interest in the research on saponins from food sources. Many epidemiological studies have pointed out their versatile health benefits. Since saponins are directly associated with human dietary ingredients and health, there is a need to evaluate their structure and function relationship. Asparagus spears are one of the main dietary sources of steroidal saponins.Most recent researches have focused on the health aspects of asparagus saponins for humans. Many asparagus saponins have cytotoxic and antitumor activities together with cholesterol lowering effect. This review highlights the structural features of saponins in asparagus, their beneficial roles in human health, and as well as their bioavailability and role on diet.

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JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.19081/NFSIJ.2018.07.555704

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