Chapter Seven High molecular weight plant poplyphenols (tannins): Prospective functions

Takashi Yoshida, Tsutomu Hatano, Hideyuki Ito

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The marked progress that has been made in phytochemical studies of plant polyphenols, over several decades, has revealed numerous novel tannins and related compounds from a wide array of plant species. These findings have not only encouraged studies of the biosynthetic properties67,68 and chemical synthesis69,70 of these substances, but have also stimulated attempts to evaluate the physiological functions of chemically defined tannins. Newly discovered biological functions with respect to polyphenols from medicinal plants and edible fruits and beverages have led to claims that these substances have the potential to be used in the treatment of various chronic diseases that are related to oxidative stress and microbial infections. In the future, studies of plant polyphenols, based on the absorption and metabolism of ingested tannins and related polyphenols, will focus on the challenge of obtaining a better understanding of the bioavailability of these substances in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-190
Number of pages28
JournalRecent Advances in Phytochemistry
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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