25th European Nutrition and Dietetics Conference
University of Sassari, Italy
Title: The prevention of inflammaging by improving nutraceuticals’ content in food. the role of biosensors in monitoring bioactive compounds.
Biography: Gaia Rocchitta
Neurodegenerative diseases are becoming more frequent and an economical problem to the health-care system 1. Increased oxidative stress and mild chronic inflammation have been identified as predominant causes that determine the occurrence of several pathologies, among them neuronal disorders 2,3. The currentp pharmacotheray of such kind of diseases is mainly symptomatic, and more the major pharmaceutical companies have decided to abandon the research related to drugs for the treatments. So, coadjutant strategies,including nutraceuticals-based and other cost-effective therapies are extensively explored. Nowadays, the nutritional neuroscientists are increasingly interested in connecting neurodegenerative diseases and the role of the diet on fighting the onset of these pathologies. So, it has become extremely important to consider complex foods and nutraceuticals as supportive therapy and not only as nutritive sustenance. Lots of studies have been led to identify and quantify nutritional compounds in food exploiting the most common analytical techniques, as high-performance liquid or gas chromatography. Now, it is increased the need for a reliable, fast, possibly low-cost devices to measure the quality and the content of food nutrients, but also additives, and their association with health claims. Within this picture, the biosensors (Fig 1) fit perfectly because they allow monitoring, in different matrices, a wide variety of nutraceuticals, among them sugars, vitamins, folic acid, micronutrients, ethanol but also phytochemicals, as polyphenols.