Encyclopedia of Cancer

Living Edition
| Editors: Manfred Schwab

Flavonoids

  • Manfred Schwab
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_2204-2

Definition

Plant secondary metabolites with a diphenylpropane-containing structure. Flavonoids are normal constituents of the diet, as they are present in many fruits, vegetables, and beverages. Numerous preclinical studies have shown that flavonoids have anticancer properties, yet some studies have revealed that high doses of some flavonoids can produce carcinogenic effects.

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Keywords

Cancer Research Secondary Metabolite Preclinical Study Carcinogenic Effect Plant Secondary Metabolite 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)HeidelbergGermany