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Apium plants: Beyond simple food and phytopharmacological applications

(2019) Apium plants: Beyond simple food and phytopharmacological applications. Applied Sciences (Switzerland). ISSN 20763417 (ISSN)

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Apium plants belong to the Apiaceae family and are included among plants that have been in use in traditional medicine for thousands of years worldwide, including in the Mediterranean, as well as the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and Africa. Some highlighted medical benefits include prevention of coronary and vascular diseases. Their phytochemical constituents consist of bergapten, flavonoids, glycosides, furanocoumarins, furocoumarin, limonene, psoralen, xanthotoxin, and selinene. Some of their pharmacological properties include anticancer, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, nematocidal, anti-rheumatism, antiasthma, anti-bronchitis, hepatoprotective, appetizer, anticonvulsant, antispasmodic, breast milk inducer, anti-jaundice, antihypertensive, anti-dysmenorrhea, prevention of cardiovascular diseases, and spermatogenesis induction. The present review summarizes data on ecology, botany, cultivation, habitat, medicinal use, phytochemical composition, preclinical and clinical pharmacological efficacy of Apium plants and provides future direction on how to take full advantage of Apium plants for the optimal benefit to mankind. © 2019 by the authors.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Apium Botany Medicinal use Pharmacological properties Phytochemicals
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Sciences (Switzerland)
Journal Index: Scopus
Volume: 9
Number: 17
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ISSN: 20763417 (ISSN)
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی

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