Potential health benefits of citrus: An overview
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Recent studies have documented a number of health benefits associated with the consumption of citrus, largely due to the natural phytochemicals found in these fruits, such as flavonoids, limonoids, furocoumarins, and pectins. Interest in the chemopreventive properties of phytochemicals has led to more detailed studies to determine the mechanisms of action of these compounds in animal models and humans, to optimize the levels of the phytochemicals in citrus based on agricultural and processing factors, and to develop better analytical methods for identifying and quantifying phytochemicals in complex mixtures. This chapter provides an overview of the many aspects of citrus and its health benefits that will be described in more detail in chapters throughout this book. 2006 American Chemical Society.