The laboratory of phytochemistry R&D

The natural compound laboratory

With a special attention on plant phenolic compounds we also study other classes of natural compounds

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Flavonoids – the most diverse class of plant phenolics

Phenolics or polyphenols is a ubiquitous group of plant compounds representing an array of biochemical and physical functions. Among these compounds the flavonods represent the largest class of structures with more than 8150 elucidated structures (2006).

Colonic phenolics catabolites

Only minor amounts of the flavonoids and other phenolic compounds that are regularly part of our diet reach the circulation system. This doesn’t say that these compounds have no biological impact on our health. However, results obtained the last years point to catabolites from colonic microflora as potentially more important phenolic compounds with respect to the circulation system (blood and urine). Their origin is nevertheless flavonoids and other phenolics from fruits, vegetables and berries.