CRC Press (2005)

Chapter 16:  Flavanoids, xanthones, and other antioxidant polyphenols

Environmental factors play an essential role in both the etiology and the management of diabetes, and antioxidants in food and medicinal plants are potential modulators of diabetes onset, progression and complications. Among naturally-occurring compounds, the polyphenolic flavonoids, xanthones and α-tocopherol have received the most attention. These and other compounds may generally improve oxidative status, protect and enhance endogenous defenses, and directly mediate various mechanisms of pathology.

After over-viewing the role of oxidative stress in diabetes and its complications, this paper reviews current data linking antioxidant polyphenols and diabetes. Their implications for understanding traditional uses of plants and their potential application in addressing contemporary diabetes problems are discussed.

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