This book chapter aims to identify those bioactive compounds that are the most effective in obesity and hypertension prevention and/or treatment, these being the two main disorders associated with metabolic syndrome. Focusing on probiotics and phytochemicals, the document will provide evidences from both in vitro and in vivo studies as well as information about the action mechanisms and how they are affected by the interaction with other food ingredients, the food matrix in which they are placed, etc. Given its high antioxidant capacity, in part due to its spermidine content, lulo fruit has generated considerable interest among health researchers. This, together with its exotic organoleptic properties, offers interesting growth opportunities for the design of new food products from lulo fruit. This book chapter will also discuss some of them.
Part of the book: Nutraceuticals