Special Issue "Exploration and Discovery of Natural Plant Pigments’ Benefits to Human Health"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Phytochemicals and Human Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Yan Zhang
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Guest Editor
Food Science and Nutritional Technology, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China
Interests: natural plant pigments; chlorophyll; anthocyanin; bioactivity; phytochemicals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is growing concern around the world about public health issues such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and other chronic metabolic diseases. Natural plant pigments are widely distributed in fruits and vegetables with high contents. These natural plant pigments play a vital role in human wellness through various physiological and biological activities based on their specific chemical structures, attracting researchers, producers and consumers to explore and discover them.

This Special Issue seeks updated, high-quality and advanced research articles and reviews addressing bioactive natural plant pigments and their potential benefits for human health. The authors will explore the biological functions and their mechanisms using in vitro and in vivo experimental models from different aspects. We hope to provide readers with a high-quality scientific basis for understanding the health-promoting effects of natural plant pigments.

Prof. Dr. Yan Zhang
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Nutrients is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • natural plant pigments
  • chlorophyll
  • anthocyanin
  • carotenoid
  • lycopene
  • phycocyanin
  • betalain
  • microbiome
  • bioactivity
  • phytochemicals

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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