Journal of Biology and Today's World

ISSN - 2322-3308

Bioactive Compounds

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. They are being studied in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and other diseases.  Bioactive compounds are those food components that have an effect on the body as a whole or specific tissues or cells. These compounds include non-pro-vitamin A carotenoids and polyphenols, phytosterols, fatty acids, and peptides. The definition of "bioactive compound" knows dynamism, because the scientific research on the bioactivity potential is booming nowadays. And since there is no unifying definition, attempts to find a consensus and some common elements of the concept associated with the term "bioactive" did not stop, even if vague definitions and repeated use of the operative word "bioactive" almost integrated the term in a category of magic words! This paper tried to find a combined definition which can be a platform to develop the "bioactive" concept, and reach a solid consensus on the term "bioactive compound".

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