Therapeutic, Phytochemistry, and Pharmacology of Acorns (Quercus Nuts): A Review

  • Ana F. Vinha
  • João C. M. BarreiraEmail author
  • Isabel C. F. R. Ferreira
  • M. Beatriz P. P. Oliveira
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Part of the Reference Series in Phytochemistry book series (RSP)


The current global food system must adapt to the expected growth of world population. This adaptation will probably include an increased consumption of edible wild foods, due to their richness in micronutrients and bioactive compounds, besides providing a cost-effective and sustainable way of improving caloric food security. Acorns (Quercus nuts) have been presenting an important role on the rural economy. In fact, their nutritional value; high contents in bioactive compounds; biological activity such as antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, and cardioprotective properties; and use in the treatment of specific diseases such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, or Alzheimer’s disease have raised the interest in integrating acorns into the human diet. In the present review, we present the chemical constituents of acorns and their biological activities.


Acorns Biological properties Nutritional composition Phytochemicals Quercus Therapeutic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana F. Vinha
    • 2
  • João C. M. Barreira
    • 1
    Email author
  • Isabel C. F. R. Ferreira
    • 1
  • M. Beatriz P. P. Oliveira
    • 2
  1. 1.Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Instituto Politécnico de BragançaBragançaPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Chemical Sciences, Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hosakatte Niranjana Murthy
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BotanyKarnatak UniversityDharwadIndia
  2. 2.Department of Horticulture, Division of Animal, Horticultural and Food SciencesChungbuk National UniversityChenogjuRepublic of Korea

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