Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorZeka, K.en
dc.contributor.authorArroo, R. R. J.en
dc.identifier.citationZeka, K. and Arroo, R.R.J. (2016) Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus L.) as a Source of Kaempferol. In: Kaempferol: Biosynthesis, Food Sources and Therapeutic Uses (Garde-Cerdán T & Gonzalo-Diago A, eds.), Nova Science Publishers Inc. pp. 197 – 215en
dc.descriptionJoint research project with University of L'Aquila, Department of Life, Health, and Environmental Sciences.en
dc.description.abstractFlavonols have been identified in a wide range of fruits and vegetables, and a flavonol-rich diet has been linked with a relatively low occurrence of degenerative diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and various forms of cancer. This knowledge has resulted in the development of various food supplements and nutraceutical products, and given rise to a very profitable branch of industry. Notably quercetin preparations have become popular, mainly because of the wide availability and modest cost of this flavonol. Kaempferol has better pharmacokinetic properties, but is roughly 1000 times more expensive than the popular food supplement quercetin. Kaempferol and its glycosides are gaining increasing interest as for their antioxidant activity as a food supplement, in functional foods, beverages drinks, in pharmaceutical preparations and cosmetic formulations. Recently, it was demonstrated that kaempferol can be extracted in good quantities from the petals of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativa L.). Thus, rather than a waste product of the saffron spice production, the petals can be a readily exploitable good source of kaempferol for many applications, ranging from nutraceutical food supplements to cosmetic anti-ageing creams.en
dc.publisherNOVA Science Publishersen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBiochemistry Research Trends;
dc.subjectCrocus sativusen
dc.titleSaffron Crocus (Crocus sativus L.) as a Source of Kaempferolen
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.funderERASMUS Exchange Programmeen
dc.researchinstituteLeicester Institute for Pharmaceutical Innovation - From Molecules to Practice (LIPI)en

Files in this item


There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record