Chemical and Antioxidant Properties of Betalains.

  title={Chemical and Antioxidant Properties of Betalains.},
  author={Imen Belhadj Slimen and Taha Najar and Manef Abderrabba},
  journal={Journal of agricultural and food chemistry},
  volume={65 4},
Betalains are vacuolar pigments composed of a nitrogenous core structure, betalamic acid. Betalamic acid condenses with imino compounds (cyclo-DOPA/its glucosyl derivates) or amino acids/derivates to form violet betacyanins and yellow betaxanthins. These pigments have gained the curiosity of scientific researchers in recent decades. Their importance was increased not only by market orientation toward natural colorants and antioxidants but also by their safety and health promoting properties. To… CONTINUE READING
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