About this Research Topic
Nowadays several natural products are used as food additives even if complete knowledge of their properties is not well performed. Often, several techniques can be employed to improve extractions, work up, and isolation/purification of bioactives from natural sources. From an industrial point of view, the availability of procedures, and knowledge (firstly developed in laboratory scale) is essential to obtain the scale-up and adequate quality control, particularly to the innovative instrument configurations able to improve, not only the analytical performances (especially sensitivity and selectivity) but also to reduce solvents consumption, time-per-analysis, ruggedness, following the GAC (Green Analytical Chemistry) guidelines. Specifically, the main focus of this Research Topic is on biological activities of a specific plant-derived material, and the discovery of innovative activities and new biological targets. Furthermore, in the context of Pharmacology and Ethnopharmacology, the focus on specific effects ideally on identifiable targets was devoted to this collection.
The Research Topic “Food/Diet Supplements from Natural Sources: Current Status and Future Challenges from a Pharmacological Perspective” aims to collect the most significant and updated contributions in the interdisciplinary area of traditional plant-derived products used as food supplements, their production and characterization (both physic-chemical and biological), their standardization for industrial use, their traditional use for human diseases and their new possible biological targets. Additionally, this Research Topic will also include submissions related to innovative procedures applied to test the activities against specific biological targets and specific health diseases. In doing so, this Research Topic seeks to integrate these approaches with and enhance, studies relevant to Ethnopharmacology. Manuscripts must address a topic that is relevant to the investigation of bioactive compounds from traditionally used medicinal plants and mushrooms.
In this Research Topic, we welcome Original Research, Review, Mini Review, Systematic Review, Methods, Policy and Practice Reviews, Clinical Trial, Data Report, General Commentary, and Opinion, that relate to, but are not limited to, the following subtopics:
- Food supplements,
- Quality control for industrial scale-up,
- Innovative extraction techniques,
- Hyphenated instrument configurations,
- Chemometric approaches,
- Biological targets and activities.
One can find more information about the Article Types guidelines in the Ethnopharmacology section here.
All the manuscripts submitted to this project will be peer-reviewed and need to fully comply with the Four Pillars of Best Practice in Ethnopharmacology (you can freely download the full version here).
Keywords: Extraction Techniques, Chemometric Approaches, Bioactives, Food supplements, Diet supplements, Herbal Medicine, Hyphenated Instrument Configurations, Ethnopharmacology
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.