Giovana Celli - Haskap Berries (Lonicera caerulea L.)—a Critical Review of Antioxidant Capacity and Health-Related Studies for Potential Value-Added Products

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  Authors: Giovana B Celli, Amyl Ghanem & Marianne Su-Ling   Brooks

  Food and Bioprocess Technology 2014, vol. 7, issue 6, pp.   1541-1554


    Haskap berries commonly refer to fruits of   Lonicera caerulea   L., recognized by the Japanese aborigines as the “elixir of   life.” Due to their recent arrival on the North American market,   haskap berries have not yet been positioned among other berries   and compared in terms of their phytochemical content. Haskap   berries have higher ascorbic acid and   anthocyanin   content than other berries known for their health-promoting   benefits, such as blueberries. In this article, we give a brief   description of the phytochemical content and limitations of   current methods used for their quantification, as well as a   critical review of the techniques available to assess the    antioxidant capacity   of haskap extract in comparison to other berries. We then present   results from recent studies with haskap extracts used in in vitro   (bacterial and human cell cultures), preclinical trials (in   animal models), and a first-in-human study to assess the   implications for human health. Finally, we discuss current   commercial products and the potential of encapsulation technology   to preserve thebioactivity    and increase stability of the extracts, thus creating a new range   of value-added haskap products.

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