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Vitamins and phytoestrogens from plant sources

Plant secondary products possess many functions  in plant metabolism as well as in human nutrition. For the activity  assessment of plant vitamins and of phenolic compounds with  phytoestrogenic activity, exact identification and measurements are a  prerequisite.
Many fruits and vegetables and further crop plants are analysed for  their vitamin and phenolic compound content. Methods for extraction and  stabilisation of compounds are defined.

Plant active compounds are enriched, and bio-availability is  enhanced by appropriate treatments. Plant phenolic compounds with  phytoestrogens activity are evaluated in receptor assays. Antioxidative  activity of phenolic compounds is assessed.

Co-operations:

  • Faculty of Pharmacy of Martin Luther University - Prof. Dr. Reinhard Neubert
  • Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Faculty of  Process and systems engineering, Institute of appliance and  environmental technology - Prof. Dr. Lothar Mörl

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