The role of bioactive compounds from dietary spices in the management of metabolic syndrome: an overview

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Alkhatib, Dana Hasan, Jaleel, Abdul, Tariq, Maryam Naveed Muhammad ORCID: 0000-0001-9478-4720, Feehan, Jack ORCID: 0000-0002-9627-1299, Apostolopoulos, Vasso ORCID: 0000-0001-6788-2771, Ismail, Leila Cheikh ORCID: 0000-0003-3048-7481, Stojanovska, Lily and Al Dhaheri, Ayesha S ORCID: 0000-0002-7634-3531 (2021) The role of bioactive compounds from dietary spices in the management of metabolic syndrome: an overview. Nutrients, 14 (1). ISSN 2072-6643


Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a combination of physiologically dysregulated parameters that can include elevated fasting blood glucose, high blood pressure, central obesity, increased triglyceride levels, insulin resistance, diabetes, elevated low density lipoprotein levels, and reduced high density lipoprotein levels in the blood. Effective clinical management of MetS is critical as it is strongly associated with long lasting and fatal complications in patients. Alongside standard care of lifestyle changes and medication, dietary supplements derived from herbal resources could be an alternative therapeutic strategy that is safe, efficient, culturally acceptable, and has few side effects. Of the dietary supplements, spicy foods have always been considered a great source of functional bioactive compounds. Herbal therapy is broadly used in many countries as a treatment or as a preventive measure in the management of MetS risk factors, including blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipid levels. Herein, an attempt is made to evaluate the recent studies in the management of MetS with herbal alternatives, and to explore the possibility of their use as therapeutic treatments or supplements.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.3390/nu14010175
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 3210 Nutrition and dietetics
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Health and Sport
Keywords herbal therapy; bioactive compounds; natural products; metabolic syndrome; diet therapy
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