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Natural antioxidants: sources, extraction and application in food systems

Maryam Sardarodiyan (Young Researchers and Elite Club, Quchan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Quchan, Iran)
Ali Mohamadi Sani (Young Researchers and Elite Club, Quchan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Quchan, Iran)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 9 May 2016



The study aims to describe the main classes of antioxidants existing in fruit, beverages, vegetables and herbs and the different extraction and application of antioxidants in food. Oxidative degradation of lipids, especially induced by reactive oxygen species, leads to quality deterioration of foods and cosmetics and could have harmful effects on health. A major challenge is to develop tools to assess the antioxidant capacity and real efficacy of these molecules. Recently, many review papers regarding antioxidants from different sources and different extraction and quantification procedures have been published. However, none of them has all the information regarding antioxidants (sources, extraction and application in food).


This paper tries to take a different perspective on antioxidants for the new researcher involved in this field.


Antioxidants from fruit, vegetables and beverages play an important role in human health, for example, preventing cancer and cardiovascular diseases and lowering the incidence of different diseases. A number of plant products act as scavengers of free radical species and so have been classified as antioxidants. Antioxidants are an important group of food additives that have the ability to protect against detrimental change of oxidizable nutrients and consequently they extend shelf-life of foods.

Research limitations/implications

Most of the antioxidants present in foods are phenolic and polyphenolic compounds, but their efficacy in food for the prevention of oxidation or in the body for dealing with oxidative stress and its consequences depends on different factors.


This study collected the last finding in the field of sources and applications of natural antioxidants.



Sardarodiyan, M. and Mohamadi Sani, A. (2016), "Natural antioxidants: sources, extraction and application in food systems", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 46 No. 3, pp. 363-373.



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