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Profiling of phenolic compounds and their antioxidant and anticancer activity in pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius Roxb.) extracts from different locations of Malaysia

Posted December 2, 2013

Phytochemicals and antioxidants from plant sources are of increasing interest to consumers because of their roles in the maintenance of human health. Most of the secondary metabolites of herbs are used in a number of pharmaceutical products.

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Phytochemical profiles, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of three Potentilla species

Posted November 21, 2013

Extracts from Potentilla species have been applied in traditional medicine and exhibit antioxidant, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, antitumor and anti-ulcerogenic properties, but little has been known about the diversity of phytochemistry and pharmacology on this genus. This study investigated and compared the phytochemical profiles, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of leaf extracts from three Potentilla species (Potentilla fruticosa, Potentilla glabra and Potentilla parvifolia) in order to discover new resources for lead structures and pharmaceutical products.

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New study confirms health benefits of wild blueberries

Posted November 8, 2013

Wild blueberries are a rich source of phytochemicals called polyphenols, which have been reported by a growing number of studies to exert a wide array of protective health benefits. A new study by researchers at the University of Maine adds to this growing body of evidence.

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Mangosteen’s phytochemical components

Posted October 15, 2013

Indonesia’s “Queen of Fruits,” Garcinia mangostana L., or purple mangosteen, is a popular superfood both in its natural form and as a botanical dietary supplement. The fruit of a tropical evergreen tree, mangosteen is about the size of a tangerine with white flesh that is sweet, tangy, and slightly fibrous like a peach, and highly perishable. The dark reddish-purple rind is hard, so it is usually not eaten but it does have several healthful constituents, which are extracted and included in juice and supplement products.

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Chemical composition and antioxidant capacities of phytococktail extracts from trans-Himalayan cold desert

Posted October 10, 2013

Himalayan plants are widely used in traditional system of medicine both as prophylactics and therapeutics for high altitude maladies. Our aim was to evaluate the antioxidant capacities and bioactive compounds of methanol and n-hexane extracts of the phytococktail comprising of sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides), apricot (Prunus armeniaca) and roseroot (Rhodiola inbricata) from trans-Himalaya.

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Rooibos – Nutritional and phytochemical components

Posted September 30, 2013

Rooibos tea has been enjoyed for its taste and health benefits by generations of South Africans. A broom-like herb from the diverse mountain area near Cape Town; it is actually a legume rich in antioxidants and minerals. The international popularity of rooibos tea has been growing steadily since it was first exported a century ago, especially among the health conscious. These days, it’s not uncommon to see rooibos tea and rooibos-based coffee drinks at your local coffee house or on the shelf at the local health food store.

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Illinois Scientists put Cancer-Fighting Power Back into Frozen Broccoli

Posted August 7, 2013

There was bad news, then good news from University of Illinois broccoli researchers this month. In the first study, they learned that frozen broccoli lacks the ability to form sulforaphane, the cancer-fighting phytochemical in fresh broccoli. But a second study demonstrated how the food industry can act to restore the frozen vegetable’s health benefits.

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Assessment of phytochemicals, antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities of extract and fractions from Fagonia olivieri (Zygophyllaceae)

Posted July 10, 2013

In Pakistan Fagonia olivieri (Zygophyllaceae) is commonly used in the indigenous system of medicine for treatment of conditions like diabetes, cancer, fever, asthma, toothache, stomach troubles and kidney disorders. This study evaluated the crude methanol extract of F. olivieri (FOM) and its derived fractions for their antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities as well as the classes of phytochemical.

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The Australian kakadu plum is rich in vitamin C and phytochemicals

Posted June 6, 2013

The kakadu plum, also called the gubinge or the billygoat plum, is a flowering plant native to Arnhem Land in northern Australia. Despite their name, the fruits of the kakadu plum plant – simply called kakadu plums – are more closely related to the almond than the plum, and they are unusual for fruits insofar as they remain on the plant after ripening. Australian Aborigines have treasured the plums for thousands of years due to their health benefits, although the fruits are not well-known outside of their native country. Let’s take a close look at those benefits.

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The potential role of phytochemicals in wholegrain cereals for the prevention of type-2 diabetes

Posted May 16, 2013

Diets high in wholegrains are associated with a 20-30% reduction in risk of developing type-2 diabetes (T2D), which is attributed to a variety of wholegrain components, notably dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.

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