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The Healing Effects of Spices in Chronic Diseases

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Danka Bukvicki*, Davide Gottardi, Sahdeo Prasad, Miroslav Novakovic, Petar Marin and Amit Kumar Tyagi   Pages 1 - 18 ( 18 )

Abstract:


Spices are not only just herbs used in culinary for improving the taste of dishes, they are also sources of a numerous bioactive compounds significantly beneficial for health. They have been used since ancient times because of their antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and carminative properties. Several scientific studies have suggested their protective role against chronic diseases. In fact, their active compounds may help in arthritis, neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, Huntington’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, etc.), diabetes, sore muscles, gastrointestinal problems and many more. In the present study, possible roles of spices and their active components, in chronic diseases (cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, etc.) along with their mechanism of action have been reviewed.

Keywords:

spices, natural products, chronic diseases, neurodegenerative diseases.

Affiliation:

University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology, Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden “Jevremovac”, 11 000 Belgrade, ProDigest BVBA, Technologiepark 4, B-9052 Ghent, Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77054, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Njegoševa 12, 11000 Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology, Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden “Jevremovac”, 11 000 Belgrade, Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77054



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