1st Edition - November 3, 2020

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  • Editor: Charis Galanakis
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128216132
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128212196

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Saffron explores the properties, metabolism and health effects of saffron ingredients, along with processing issues and the industrial applications that are affected by these aspects. The book addresses the in vitro and in vivo antioxidant activities of bioactive compounds found in saffron and investigates recovery methods for the extraction of these target ingredients, as well as their encapsulation. Each of these methods aims to prevent the degradation of saffron's bioactive compounds by environmental factors and to improve their bioavailability in different applications. The book is an excellent reference for food scientists, technologists, chemists, new product developers, researchers, academics, professionals working in the food industry, and pharmacologists, pharmacists and clinicians interested in nutrition and metabolism.

Key Features

  • Analyzes the potential of already commercialized processes and products
  • Discusses metabolomics, the effect of saffron on chronic diseases, and its efficacy and safety issues
  • Investigates recovery technologies and applications in foods and nutraceutical markets


Food scientists, technologists, and chemists working in the whole food science field; new product developers; researchers, academics and professionals working in the food industry; pharmacologists, pharmacists and clinicians interested in nutrition and metabolism

Table of Contents

  • 1. Biochemistry and metabolism
    2. Antioxidant activities of bioactive compounds and various extracts obtained from saffron
    3. Extraction of bioactive compounds from saffron species
    4. Emerging technologies for the recovery of bioactive compounds from saffron species
    5. Encapsulation of Saffron Bioactive Compounds
    6. Saffron as Natural Food Colorant and Applications
    7. Use of saffron as a functional food and saffron nutraceuticals
    8. Patent survey on saffron and its multiple applications: an update

Product details

  • No. of pages: 332
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: November 3, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128216132
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128212196

About the Editor

Charis Galanakis

Charis M. Galanakis is a multidisciplinary scientist in agricultural sciences as well as food and environmental science, technology, and sustainability, with experience in both industry and academia. He is the research and innovation director of Galanakis Laboratories in Chania, Greece, an adjunct professor of King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the director of Food Waste Recovery Group (SIG5) of ISEKI Food Association in Vienna, Austria. He pioneered the new discipline of food waste recovery and has established the most prominent innovation network in the field. He also serves as a senior consultant for the food industry and expert evaluator for international and regional funded programs and proposals. He is an editorial board member of Food and Bioproducts Processing, Food Research International, and Foods, has edited over 45 books, and has published hundreds of research articles, reviews, monographs, chapters, and conference proceedings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Galanakis Laboratories, Chania, Greece

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  • javid06 Wed Jul 29 2020

    Dr Javid A Parray

    The Book is an excellent piece of work compilation towards the beneficial aspects of Saffron. However biotechnological intervention for enhanced saffron production should have been elaborated....