Sesame seed lignans: Potent physiological modulators and possible ingredients in functional foods & nutraceuticals

Afaf Kamal-Eldin, Ali Moazzami, Sidiga Washi

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    Abstract

    Sesame seed contains very high levels (up to 2.5%) of furofuran lignans with beneficial physiological activities, mainly sesamin, sesamolin, and sesaminol glucosides. Reported activities of sesame seed lignans include inter alias modulation of fatty acid metabolism, inhibition of cholesterol absorption and biosynthesis, antioxidant and vitamin E-sparing effects, hypotensive effects, improvement of liver functions in connection with alcohol metabolism, and antiaging effects. This review comprehends patents pertinent to the preparations and uses of sesame seed lignans in health promotion.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17-29
    Number of pages13
    JournalRecent Patents on Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
    Volume3
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

    Keywords

    • Functional foods
    • Lignans
    • Nutraceuticals
    • Sesame
    • Sesamin
    • Sesaminol glucosides
    • Sesamolin

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Food Science
    • Agronomy and Crop Science

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