3 years ago

Potential effects of sulforaphane to fight obesity.

Carlos Venâncio, Tânia Martins, Maria J Pires, Eduardo Rosa, Bruno Colaço, Luís M Antunes, Paula A Oliveira
Obesity is linked to the onset of many diseases such as diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, among others. The prevalence of obesity nearly doubled worldwide between 1980 and 2014. Simultaneously, in the last decade, the effects of sulforaphane as a potential treatment for obesity has been investigated, demonstrating promising results. Fruits and vegetables and their processed agri-food co-products are good sources of natural promoting health compounds. Brassica crops are among the most produced crops in the world and are a good source of glucoraphanin, which following hydrolysis releases sulforaphane. Brassicaceas generates large amounts of co-products with no intended use, causing negative economic and environmental impact. The valorization of these co-products could be achieved through their exploitation for the extraction of bioactive compounds such as sulforaphane. However, the extraction process still needs further improvement for its economic feasibility. This article reviews the potential effects of sulforaphane for the treatment of obesity, linked to the relevance of giving Brassica co-products an added value, which is of key importance for the competitiveness of farmers and agri-food industry.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.8898

DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.8898

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