Melatonin Synthesis in Fermented Foods

M. A. Martín-Cabrejas, Y. Aguilera, V. Benítez, R. J. Reiter

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Melatonin (MEL) is a natural powerful antioxidant that may provide beneficial human health effects. Given that MEL is absorbed when melatonin-containing foods are eaten, the intake of these foods could maintain plasma melatonin concentration, which diminishes with age. Fermentation increases the MEL levels in foods and is considered a promising technological process by different sectors (consumers, industry, etc.). The formation of MEL and its isomers (IMs) occurs during controlled alcoholic fermentation of different foods. This is due to the action of microorganisms (yeasts and bacteria) and environmental stressors as elevated alcohol levels or lactic-acid production may naturally increase in these bioactive compounds. The possible enhancement of MEL and IMs in the fermented foods could improve their health benefits by increasing their blood levels in humans, thereby improving antioxidative defense mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFermented Foods in Health and Disease Prevention
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9780128023099
StatePublished - 2017


  • Fermentation
  • Food
  • MEL
  • Melatonin
  • Microorganisms
  • Synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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