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Phytoestrogens

Dixon, R.A. (2004) Phytoestrogens. Annual Review of Plant Biology. pp. 225-261. ISSN 1543-5008

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Abstract

Collectively, plants contain several different families of natural products among which are compounds with weak estrogenic or antiestrogenic activity toward mammals. These compounds, termed phytoestrogens, include certain isoflavonoids, flavonoids, stilbenes, and lignans. The best-studied dietary phytoestrogens are the soy isoflavones and the flaxseed lignans. Their perceived health beneficial properties extend beyond hormone-dependent breast and prostate cancers and osteoporosis to include cognitive function, cardiovascular disease, immunity and inflammation, and reproduction and fertility. In the future, metabolic engineering of plants could generate novel and exquisitely controlled dietary sources with which to better assess the potential health beneficial effects of phytoestrogens.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 Annual Reviews
Academic Units: The University of York > Biology (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2004
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 14:26
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.arplant.55.03190...
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/143

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