secondary metabolites (or natural products) have been a fertile area of
chemical investigation for many years, driving the development of both
analytical chemistry and of new synthetic reactions and methodologies.
The subject is multi-disciplinary however, with chemists, biochemists
and plant scientists all contributing to our current understanding.
recent years there has been an upsurge in the interest from wider
disciplines, related both to the realisation that secondary metabolites
are dietary components that may have a considerable impact on human
health, and the development of gene technology that permits
manipulation to produce elevated levels of compounds of potential
Secondary Metabolites in Diet and Health will address this
wider interest by covering the main groups of natural products from a
chemical and biosynthetic perspective with illustrations of how genetic
engineering can be applied to manipulate levels of secondary
metabolites of economic value as well as those of potential importance
in diet and health. These descriptive chapters are then augmented by
three chapters showing where these products are found in the diet, how
they are metabolised and reviewing the evidence for their beneficial
Metabolites in Diet and Health
by Alan Crozier , Michael N. Clifford and Hiroshi Ashihara
Publishing , 2007.