1st Edition

Phytoestrogens In Functional Foods

Edited By Fatih Yildiz Copyright 2005
    336 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Polyphenol phytoestrogens – bioactives found in specific foods and beverages – impart antioxidant, phytoestrogenic, antiproliferative, and enzyme modulating activities within the human metabolic system. It is believed that these compounds protect against several forms of cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, osteoporosis, and menopausal symptoms. While there has been a rise in polyphenol research over the past few years resulting from this discovery, there has not been a thorough, single source guide that synthesizes and explains the attained information – until now. Phytoestrogens in Functional Foods comprehensively details the scientific, technical, and practical aspects involved in the production, consumption, and safety of phytoestrogens in foods.

    The book is divided into five parts for easy reference. Section I, Production, introduces the topic of phytoestrogens and addresses the biosynthesis of polyphenol phytoestrogens in plants, and the chemistry and mechanism of action of phytoestrogens. Section II, Consumption, explains pharmacokinetics, body composition, and cell signaling. Section III, Risk and Benefit Analysis, examines reproductive hormones in females, hormone replacement therapy, and the benefits and risks associated with phytoestrogens. Section IV, Optimization and Utilization, discusses soy isoflavones and health, while Section V, Applications, explains wine antioxidants and phytoestrogens. While extensive investigation of these topics has led to many conflicting reports about their risks and benefits, this text provides answers and insight on the major questions regarding the core areas of polyphenol research.

    Introduction to Phytoestrogens, E. Gültekin and Fatih Yildiz
    Biosynthesis of Polyphenol Phytoestrogens in Plants, G. Dinelli,
       A. Bonetti, S. Elementi, L.F. D’Antuono, and P. Catizone
    Chemistry and Mechanism of Action of Phytoestrogens, Rakesh
       Kumar Rishi
    Pharmacokinetics of Phytoestrogens, Devarakonda R. Krishna
       and Masuram Somashekhar
    Phytoestrogens in Cell Signaling, Ozgur Kutuk and Huveyda
    Phytoestrogens and Body Composition, V. Di Mattei, L. Scalfi,
       and F. Branca
    Reproductive Hormones in Females and Hormone
       Replacement Therapy, Ayhan Karakoç and Metin Arslan
    Benefits and Risks of Phytoestrogens, Bensu Karahalil
    Soy Isoflavones and Health, Xing-Gang Zhuo, Koko Taku,
       Melissa K. Melby, and Shaw Watanabe
    Wine Antioxidants/Phytoestrogens, Stamatina Kallithraka


    Fatih Yildiz

    “…the first manual that synthesizes current scientific, technical, and practical aspects involved in the production, consumption, and safety of phytoestrogens in foods. …provides insight on the major questions concerning core areas of polyphenol research. This book makes scientific data accessible to a  general audience of readers…”
    — Dorothea Bedigian, Economic Botany, Vol. 61,
    No. 1, 2007