Recent Progress in Nutrition (ISSN 2771-9871) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of nutritional sciences. Its aim is to provide timely, authoritative introductions to current thinking, developments and research in carefully selected topics. Also, it aims to enhance the international exchange of scientific activities in nutritional science and human health.

Recent Progress in Nutrition publishes high quality intervention and observational studies in nutrition. High quality systematic reviews and meta-analyses are also welcome as are pilot studies with preliminary data and hypotheses generating studies. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relationship between nutrition and health and of the role of dietary patterns in health and disease.

Topics contain but are not limited to:

  • Macronutrients
  • Micronutrients
  • Essential nutrients
  • Bioactive nutrients
  • Nutrient requirements
  • Nutrient sources
  • Human nutrition aspects
  • Functional foods
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Health claims
  • Public health
  • Diet-related disorders
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Malnutrition
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Sport nutrition

It publishes a variety of article types: Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.

There is no restriction on paper length, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Authors should present their results in as much detail as possible, as reviewers are encouraged to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 6.7 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 16.1 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 6 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

Current Issue: 2024  Archive: 2023 2022 2021

Special Issue

Utilizing Scientifically Supported Applications of Wild Edible Plants and Natural Substances in Disease Prevention and Treatment

Submission Deadline: May 30, 2025 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Bashar Saad, PhD, Professor

Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Arab American University, P.O. Box 240, Jenin, Palestine

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Research Interests: Medicinal plants; Anti-inflammatory; Anticancer; Anti-obesity; Diabetes; Cell biology; Metabolism; Cell culture; Inflammation; Cancer research; Innate immunity; Immunology; Immunology of infectious diseases; Tissue culture

About This Topic

Traditional herbal remedies and natural products, drawing from generations of medicinal knowledge, offer valuable insights into selecting, preparing, and administering botanical treatments for various ailments. These plant-based solutions have proven effective in addressing conditions such as skin disorders, tuberculosis, diabetes, jaundice, hypertension, mental health issues, cancer, AIDS, and other infectious diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that 60% of the global population relies on herbal medicine, with approximately 80% in developing nations primarily depending on it for primary healthcare. Phytochemicals and their derivatives have produced numerous clinically beneficial drugs for both chronic and acute illnesses, with ongoing research seeking novel therapeutic agents from medicinal plants. The increasing acceptance and popularity of herbal medicine stem from the perception that natural products are safe, affordable, and widely accessible. However, concerns persist regarding the pharmacology and standardization of herbal treatments compared to conventional drugs. Over the past three decades, there has been a surge in research efforts, both in developed and developing countries, aimed at scientifically evaluating and validating herbal medicines through clinical trials.

The objective of this Special Issue is to compile original research articles investigating the efficacy of active constituents or extracts from natural products in disease management. Review articles offering insights into the current state of research are also encouraged. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

1. Evidence-Based herbal medicine for enhancing health and treating human diseases.
2. Evidence-Based utilization of wild edible plants for promoting health and addressing human diseases.
3. Exploring the structure-activity relationship of pharmacologically active metabolites in conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and inflammation.
4. Assessing the role of honey and its derivatives in disease prevention and management.
5. Evidence-Based utilization of animal-derived medicines in promoting health and managing human diseases.
6. Evaluating the efficacy of pharmaceutical formulations containing pharmacologically active metabolites in managing chronic diseases.
7. Highlighting recent advancements in drug discovery, identifying potential anti-cardiovascular, anti-diabetic, and anti-obesity compounds from the Mediterranean diet and medicinal plants.
8. Identifying cellular targets of effective natural products as a crucial step in drug discovery processes.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office ( for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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