Functional Foods in Health and Disease

The Functional Foods in Health and Disease (FFHD) is a peer-reviewed, open-access international journal which serves as the journal of the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds (ASFFBC). The journal’s overall focus is  on Functional Food Science, which is a new and unique area of health and nutrition. Although currently a small scientific field, Functional Food Science is quickly expanding as studies show that functional food products can help manage chronic disease and promote overall wellness. This is reflected in our journal’s rapidly growing citation score.

The articles we publish include cutting-edge biomedical research and development of functional foods. The goal is to provide research that can lead to the development of functional food products. The actual definition for these functional foods, as provided by the Functional Food Center (FFC) is as follows: “Natural or processed foods that contain biologically-active compounds; which, in defined, effective non-toxic amounts, provide a clinically proven and documented health benefit utilizing specific biomarkers, for the prevention, management, or treatment of chronic disease or its symptoms.” 

The journal also serves as an excellent resource for: PhD students, professors, public health professionals, medical doctors, dieticians, nutritionists, government representatives (FDA, NIH, USDA) and the general public for information regarding the latest advancements for the prevention, treatment, and management of chronic diseases or its symptoms using functional foods.

The FFHD journal has been published under the title Functional Foods in Health and Disease since February, 2011. You can submit your manuscripts here or directly to the Editorial Office at as an e-mail attachment. 

Journal Citation and Indexing

The FFHD journal has been indexed in the Web of Science since 2011 and in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) since 2015. The ESCI was a new database in the Web of Science that was launched in 2015 by Thomson Reuters. The ESCI aimed to expand the Web of Science publications by including excellent quality, peer-reviewed journals. Around 3,000 journals were selected for the launch, including the FFHD. Since then, a separate organization called Clarivate Analytics has produced the index starting in 2017.

The FFHD’s citation score has more than doubled over the past two years. As of August 2019 our average citations per item is 2.76. This number is calculated by the sum of the times cited count divided by the number of results in the set. Our h-index is 12, which means there are h papers that have each been cited at least h times.

In addition, the FFHD's self-citation percentage is 5.11%. The self-citation percentage reflects the number of times an article published in a journal has cited a previously published article in the same journal.

The FFHD journal is also indexed in Index Copernicus International (ICI). The ICI has indexed over 6,000 journals. Our current value in ICI for 2017 is 78.41. The value is based on a multidimensional parametric assessment, with over 100 assessment criteria.

In addition, we are also cited the following databases: Chemical Abstract, EBSCO, and Google Scholar.

Vol 10, No 1 (2019): January 2020

Table of Contents

Research Articles

Effect of concentrated Kurozu, a traditional Japanese vinegar, on expression of hepatic miR-34a, -149-3p, and -181a-5p in high-fat diet-fed mice [Abstract] [Full Article]
Yoshihiko Shibayama, Masanobu Nagano, Akira Fujii, Kazunori Hashiguchi, Shunpei Morita, Yoshitada Kubo, Tsutomu Nakagawa 1-17
Bitter melon fruit extract affects hepatic expression of the genes involved in inflammation and fatty acid metabolism in ob/ob mice [Abstract] [Full Article]
Dinia Rizqi Dwijayanti, Tetsuya Okuyama, Toshinari Ishii, Eri Mukai, Dr. Mikio Nishizawa 18-36
Modulation of Gut-Brain Axis Improves Microbiome, Metabolism, and Mood [Abstract] [Full Article]
Shawn M Talbott, Julie A Talbott, Bret J Stephens, Marc P Oddou 37-54
Georgian legume crop extract as an effective remedy during oral cavity soft tissue inflammation [Abstract] [Full Article]
Tamar Sanikidze, Irakli Chkhikvishvili, Nana Kipiani, Samson Mghebrishvili, Irina Barbakadze, Nino Komakhidze, Tinatin Maminaishvili, Eka Shekiladze, Sophio Japaridze 55-64