Medicinal Plants of India

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Mitra, Robin, Mitchell, Brad, Agricola, Sebastian, Gray, Chris, Baskaran, Kanagaratnam and Muralitharan, Morley Somasundaram (2007) Medicinal Plants of India. Asia Pacific Biotech News, 11 (11). pp. 707-725. ISSN 0219-0303


Crude extracts of fruits, herbs, vegetables, cereals and other plant materials rich in phenolics and antioxidant activity are of prime interest to the food industry because of their ability to retard oxidative degradation of lipids and hence improve the quality and nutritional value of functional food. Concomitantly, the importance of antioxidant constituents of plant materials in the maintenance of health and protection from coronary heart disease and cancer is also raising interest among scientists, food manufacturers and consumers as part of the current trend towards the use of herbal medicine. In addition, the use of complementary alternative medicine (CAM) by patients suffering from chronic disorders, such as cancers, heart, stroke and immune disorders has been well documented. CAMs are either used on their own (alternative treatments) or in addition to conventional medicine (complementary treatments). CAMs can be grouped into herbal medicines derived from medicinal plants, food supplements that include vitamin preparations, trace elements and other substances such as omega-3 fatty acids

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1142/S0219030307000730
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics
Historical > FOR Classification > 1004 Medical Biotechnology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords ResPubID18964, extracts of plant materials, oxidative degradation of lipids, quality and nutritional value of foods, importance of antioxidant constituents of plant materials, maintenance of health, protection from heart disease and cancer, herbal medicine, alternative medicine
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