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Journal of Food and Nutrition Research
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Turco, I. – Ferretti, G. – Bacchetti, T.
Review of the health benefits of Faba bean (Vicia faba L.) polyphenols


Gianna Ferretti, Department of Clinical Experimental Science and Odontostomatology, Polytechnic University of Marche, Via Ranieri 65, 60100, Ancona, Italy. E-mail: g.ferretti@univpm.it; tel.: +39-071-220-4968

Received 23 July 2016; 1st revised 3 November 2016; accepted 4 November 2016; published online 19 November 2016

Súhrn: The dietary consumption of legumes is associated with a lower incidence of chronic degenerative diseases. Among legumes, a growing interest is devoted to Faba bean (Vicia faba L.), also known as broad bean. Faba bean nutritional properties have been previously studied and several polyphenols (mainly flavonoids) have been evaluated in broad bean extracts. In our study, the literature on polyphenol content in different varieties of Faba bean and on factors that modulate their levels was reviewed. Also, data on bioaccessibility and bioavailability of the main polyphenols contained in Faba bean were reviewed. The molecular mechanisms, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties, by which Faba bean polyphenols could be involved in the protection against the development of human diseases are described.

Kľúčové slová: legumes; Faba bean; phytochemicals; nutrition; functional foods; polyphenols, flavonoids

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