1st Edition

Advances in Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods Concepts and Applications

Edited By Sreerag Gopi, Preetha Balakrishnan Copyright 2022
    378 Pages 12 Color & 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    378 Pages 12 Color & 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    This book examines the rapidly growing field of functional foods in the prevention and management of chronic and infectious diseases. Chapters explore the varied sources, biochemical properties, metabolics, health benefits, and safety of bioactive ingredients of nutraceutical and functional food products. Special emphasis is given to linking the molecular and chemical structures of biologically active components in foods to their nutritional and pharmacological effects on human health and wellness. In addition to discussing scientific and clinical rationales for different sources of functional foods, the book also explains in detail scientific methodologies used to investigate the functionality, effectiveness, and safety of bioactive ingredients in food.

    The chapter authors discuss advanced nanocarriers for nutraceuticals based on structured lipids and nonlipids, nanoparticulate approaches for improved nutrient bioavailability, adulteration and safety issues, nanodelivery systems, microencapsulation, and more. The book discusses some particular health benefits from nutrition nutraceuticals, including probiotic dairy and non-dairy products and bioactive proteins and peptides as functional foods. The volume also gives an overview of emerging trends, growth patterns, and new opportunities in the field of nutraceuticals and functional foods.

    1. Introduction to Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals 

    Luana Pulvirenti and Angela Paterna 

    2. Advanced Nanocarriers for Nutraceuticals Based on Structured Lipid and Nonlipid 

    Shafiullah, Syed Wadood Ali Shah, Ismail Shah, Shujat Ali, Aziz Ullah, Samiullah Burki, and Mohammad Shoaib 

    3. Nanoparticulate Approaches for Improved Nutrient Bioavailability 

    Abdul Qadir, Mohd. Aqil, and Dipak Kumar Gupta 

    4. Adulteration and Safety Issues in Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods 

    Shujat Aliaa, Syed Wadood Ali Shah, Muhammad Ajmal Shah, Muhammad Zareef, Muhammad Arslan, Md Mehedi Hassan, Shujaat Ahmad, Imdad Ali, Mumtaz Ali, and Shafi Ullah 

    5. Nutraceuticals-Loaded Nano-Sized Delivery Systems: Potential Use in the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer 

    Mohammed Jafar, Syed Sarim Imam, Sultan Alshehri, Chandra Kala, and Ameeduzzafar Zafar 

    6. Nutrition Nutraceuticals: A Proactive Approach for Healthcare 

    Conor P. Akintola, Dearbhla Finnegan, Niamh Hunt, Richard Lalor, Sandra O’neill, and Christine Loscher 

    7. Bioactive Proteins and Peptides as Functional Foods 

    Deepa Thomas and M. S. Latha 

    8. News and Trends in the Development of Functional Foods: Probiotic Dairy and Non-Dairy Products

    Eliane Maurício Furtado Martins, Wellingta Cristina Almeida do Nascimento Benevenuto, Aurélia Dornelas de Oliveira Martins, Augusto Aloísio Benevenuto Junior, Isabela Campelo de Queiroz, Thainá de Melo Carlos Dias, Daniela Aparecida Ferreira Souza, Daniele De Almeida Paula, and Maurílio Lopes Martins 

    9. Microencapsulation: An Alternative for the Application of Probiotic Cells in the Food and Nutraceuticals Industries 

    Daniele De Almeida Paula, Carini Aparecida Lelis, and Nataly De Almeida Costa 

    10. Nutraceuticals-Based Nano-Formulations: An Overview through Clinical Validations 

    Shelly Singh and Shilpa Sharma 

    11. Growth Patterns, Emerging Opportunities, and Future Trends in Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods 

    Asad Ur Rehman, Salman Akram, and Thierry Vandamme 


    Sreerag Gopi, PhD, is Chief Scientific Officer at ADSO Naturals, India, and Vice President at CureSupport, Netherlands. He is a recipient of a prestigious Erasmus Mundus Fellowship from the European Union during his PhD period. He is a materials chemist and nanomaterials scientist and has expertise in nanomaterial synthesis, characterization, biocomposites for natural products, and biomedical and water purification experiments. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed international papers and several book chapters and has book projects in the works with the Royal Society of Chemistry, Springer, and Wiley. He was selected as an associate member of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2018, and he is a chartered member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

    Preetha Balakrishnan, PhD, is the principal scientist, QA, QC, at ADSO Naturals, India, and at CureSupport, Netherlands. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Professor Sabu Thomas, Vice Chancellor, an internationally renowned scientist in polymer science and engineering, polymer nanocomposites, elastomers, polymer blends, interpenetrating polymer networks, polymer membranes, green composites and nanocomposites, nanomedicine, and green nanotechnology. She has visited many foreign universities as a part of her research and has published over 15 research articles and over 20 book chapters. She has edited ten books with leading publishers. Dr. Balakrishnan has received several national and international presentation awards. She also worked as a guest lecturer in chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Morning Star Home Science College, Angamaly, Kerala, India.