About the book
In the actual world, living organisms are inevitably exposed to damage exerted by multiple environmental pollutants including chemical, physical and biological agents, poisonous substances, pesticides, and nanomaterials, among others. However, these agents frequently exhibit unexpected consequences associated not only with mutagenic and/or carcinogenic processes, but are also involved in the initiation of numerous acute and chronic deteriorating diseases. In general terms, antimutagenic or protective effects have been frequently attributed to many classes of phytochemicals, mainly flavonoids and phenolic compounds present in natural foods. This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in antimutagenic principles present in plants, human diet, and other sources. We challenge to compile information about how antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic agents are able to diminish the effects of toxic compounds. Therefore, knowledge on the mode of action of a certain mutagenic and/or carcinogenic compound will provide a basis for explanation of how these protective molecules exert their response.