Surface Active Agents and Their Health-Promoting Properties: Molecules of Multifunctional Significance

Ioannis Anestopoulos, Despina Eugenia Kiousi, Ariel Klavaris, Alex Galanis, Karina Salek, Stephen Robert Euston, Aglaia Pappa, Mihalis Panayiotidis

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Surface active agents (SAAs) aremoleculeswith the capacity to adsorb to solid surfaces and/or fluid interfaces, a property that allows them to act as multifunctional ingredients (e.g., wetting and dispersion agents, emulsifiers, foaming and anti-foaming agents, lubricants, etc.) in a wide range of the consumer products of various industrial sectors (e.g., pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, personal care, detergents, food, etc.). Given their widespread utilization, there is a continuously growing interest to explore their role in consumer products (relevant to promoting human health) and how such information can be utilized in order to synthesize better chemical derivatives. In this review article, weaimed to provide updated information on synthetic and biological (biosurfactants) SAAs and their health-promoting properties (e.g., anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-aging) in an attempt to better define some of the underlying mechanism(s) by which they exert such properties.
Original languageEnglish
Article number688
Issue number7
Early online date21 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-cancer
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Antiviral
  • Health promotion
  • Surface active agents
  • Surfactants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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