Antioxidants/Antimutagens in Foods

  • Mitsuo Namiki
  • Toshihiko Osawa
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 39)


Oxygen is indispensable for aerobic organisms including, of course, human beings, but it is believed that oxygen also may be responsible for undesired phenomena. In particular, oxygen species such as hydrogen peroxide, superoxide radical anion, and singlet oxygen are proposed as agents attacking polyunsaturated fatty acids in cell membranes, giving rise to lipid peroxidation. Several reports have suggested that lipid peroxidation may result in destabilization and disintegration of cell membranes, leading to liver injury and other diseases, and finally, to aging and susceptibility to cancer (4).


Lipid Peroxidation Natural Antioxidant Ellagic Acid Sesame Seed Propyl Gallate 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitsuo Namiki
    • 1
  • Toshihiko Osawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Food Science and TechnologyNagoya UniversityChikusa, Nagoya 464Japan

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