1st Edition

Bioactive Compounds from Food Benefits and Analysis

Edited By Leo M.L. Nollet, Javed Ahmad Copyright 2025
    288 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    A bioactive compound is a type of chemical found in small amounts in plants and certain foods (such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, oils, and whole grains). Bioactive compounds have actions in the body that may promote good health. It is widely explored and investigated for its role in prevention and treatment of various diseases including cancers, cardiovascular disorders, and neurodegenerative disorders, thus is therefore categorized as nutraceuticals. Examples of such bioactive compounds from food include lycopene, resveratrol, lignan, tannins, and indoles etc. Accordingly, the methods that are utilized to analyze these compounds for its identification, detection, and characterization are of great interest.

    In Bioactive Compounds from Food: Benefits and Analysis, spectrophotometric, fluorometric, chromatographic, enzymatic, and electrophoretic methods that are utilized to analyze the different bioactive compounds of food are comprehensively discussed. In addition, the merits and limitations of the existing methods of analysis for bioactive compounds from food are also highlighted. Further, benefits of these bioactive compounds on human health as anti-oxidative, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, anti-hyperlipidemic, and anti-hypertensive agents are also discussed with detailed insight and critical analysis of the contemporary research carried out in this domain.

    Key Features:

    • Explores the world of bioactive compounds in foods
    • Discusses recent analysis techniques of bioactive compounds
    • Includes a summary of health benefits of bioactive compounds
    • Provides different analysis methods involved in identification an quantification of food bioactive compounds 

    This book provides in-depth information and a comprehensive discussion on human health benefits of food bioactive compounds and different methods of analysis involved in identification and quantification of food bioactive compounds.

    Section 1: Food Bioactive Compounds – Overview and Analytical Techniques 1. Food Bioactive Compounds – An Overview and Health Benefits. Extraction, Isolation, and Identification Techniques for Food Bioactive Compounds – Basics and Application Overview. Section 2: Classes of Food Bioactive Compounds and its Characterization 3. Terpenes and Terpenoids Present in Essential Oils: Chemical Composition and Potential Applications in Food Preservation and Agriculture 4. Phytosterols 5. Flavonoids and Polyphenols 6. Carotenoids 7. Glucosinolates 8. Glycosides, alkaloids, and glycoalkaloids 9. Capsaicinoids: Source, Active Compounds and Importance 10. Curcuminoids 11. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA): Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) 12. Polysaccharides and Dietary Fibres 13. Nucleosides and Nucleotides as Classes of Bioactive Food Compounds 14. Bioactive Peptides 15. Vitamines Section 3: Advanced Analysis Techniques 16. Food Bioactive Compounds: Pharmacology and Advancement in Analysis


    Leo M. L. Nollet earned an MS (1973) and PhD (1978) in biology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He is an editor and associate editor of numerous books. He is an editor and associate editor of numerous books. He edited for M. Dekker, New York—now CRC Press of Taylor & Francis Publishing Group—the first, second, and third editions of Food Analysis by HPLC and Handbook of Food Analysis.

    Dr. Javed Ahmad (ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7025-751X) is an Associate Professor at College of Pharmacy, Najran University, Saudi Arabia. He received his Doctorate degree in pharmaceutical sciences from School of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi (India). He is a recipient of CSIR-Senior Research Fellowship and International Travel Award from Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India during his Ph.D. After his Ph.D, he joined NIPER Raebareli, an autonomous institute of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Govt. of India as a faculty position. He has published more than 125 high quality research and review articles in peer-reviewed journals of international repute