Molecules, Vol. 28, Pages 4239: The Genus Capsicum: A Review of Bioactive Properties of Its Polyphenolic and Capsaicinoid Composition
Molecules doi: 10.3390/molecules28104239
Rosa María González-Amaro
Claudia Yuritzi Figueroa-Hernández
Ingrid Mayanin Rodríguez-Buenfil
Chili is one of the world&rsquo;s most widely used horticultural products. Many dishes around the world are prepared using this fruit. The chili belongs to the genus Capsicum and is part of the Solanaceae family. This fruit has essential biomolecules such as carbohydrates, dietary fiber, proteins, and lipids. In addition, chili has other compounds that may exert some biological activity (bioactivities). Recently, many studies have demonstrated the biological activity of phenolic compounds, carotenoids, and capsaicinoids in different varieties of chili. Among all these bioactive compounds, polyphenols are one of the most studied. The main bioactivities attributed to polyphenols are antioxidant, antimicrobial, antihyperglycemic, anti-inflammatory, and antihypertensive. This review describes the data from in vivo and in vitro bioactivities attributed to polyphenols and capsaicinoids of the different chili products. Such data help formulate functional foods or food ingredients.
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