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Development of Synthetic Flavonoids

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  • August 29, 2020
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Development of Synthetic Flavonoids

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-III – Science and Technology; Achievements of Indians in Science and Technology

In News:

  • Recently, scientists from Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune have found the first synthetic route for producing flavonoids molecules related to the treatment of tuberculosis and chikungunya.

Key takeaways 

  • It is for the first time that the flavonoid molecules such as rugosa flavonoids, podocare flavone and isoflavone have been synthesised in a lab.
  • These three molecules have so far been isolated from plants only.

Important value additions 

Flavonoids

  • These are part of the polyphenol class of phytonutrients (plant chemicals) found in almost all fruits and vegetables. 
  • They are responsible for organic pigments and the vivid colours in fruits and vegetables.
  • These are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. 
  • A diet rich in flavonoids can protect from diseases related to heart, liver, kidney, brain and other infectious diseases.

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