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Fundamentals of Phytochemicals

  • Madhumita Roy
  • Amitava Datta
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Abstract

The beneficial effects of phytochemicals in health and well-being are known for thousands of years. Many of the fruits and vegetables in our diet contain many phytochemicals that are important for chemoprevention. We discuss the details of phytochemicals and their chemical structures and classifications in this chapter. Though there is no universally accepted classification of phytochemicals, we have used their chemical structures for classifying them in different groups. Further, we identify and discuss different phytochemicals in each group, and their specific beneficial effects in treatment of different diseases, with an emphasis on cancer. Finally, we briefly discuss phytochemicals in some common fruits and vegetables and their beneficial effects in cancer prevention and treatment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madhumita Roy
    • 1
  • Amitava Datta
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental Carcinogenesis and ToxicologyChittaranjan National Cancer InstituteKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and Software EngineeringThe University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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