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Traditional Medicines in Africa: An Appraisal of Ten Potent African Medicinal Plants
  • M. Mahomoodally
  • Medicine
    Evidence-based complementary and alternative…
  • 3 December 2013
TLDR
An updated overview of 10 promising medicinal plants from the African biodiversity which have short- as well as long-term potential to be developed as future phytopharmaceuticals to treat and/or manage panoply of infectious and chronic conditions is provided.
The Versatility of Antioxidant Assays in Food Science and Safety—Chemistry, Applications, Strengths, and Limitations
TLDR
This unparalleled review hotly disputes on in vitro antioxidant assays and elaborates on the chemistry behind each assay with the aim to point out respective principles/concepts, and concludes with a critical conclusion on existing assays.
Antioxidant and anti-glycation activities correlates with phenolic composition of tropical medicinal herbs.
TLDR
The positive glycation inhibitory and antioxidative activities of these tropical herbs suggest a possible role in targeting ageing, diabetic complications and oxidative stress related diseases.
Herbal medicine commonly used against non-communicable diseases in the tropical island of Mauritius
Abstract Indigenous Mauritians from diverse cultures use herbal medicines (HMs) against various diseases. Nonetheless, currently there is no updated ethnobotanical documentation concerning the HMs
Crude Aloe vera Gel Shows Antioxidant Propensities and Inhibits Pancreatic Lipase and Glucose Movement In Vitro
TLDR
The biological activity observed in this study tends to validate some of the traditional claims of AVG as a functional food and considerably inhibits glucose movement across dialysis tubes and was comparable to Arabic gum.
Chemical composition, antimicrobial and antibiotic potentiating activity of essential oils from 10 tropical medicinal plants from Mauritius
TLDR
EOs studied in the present investigation may be considered as potential medicinal candidates that could be exploited as complementary and alternative therapies for the treatment and management of infectious diseases.
Berberine in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases: From Mechanisms to Therapeutics
TLDR
A timely overview of the pharmacological properties and therapeutic application of BBR in CVMD is provided, and recent pharmacological advances which validate BBR as a promising lead drug against CVMD are underlined.
In vitro and in silico evaluation of Centaurea saligna (K.Koch) Wagenitz - An endemic folk medicinal plant
TLDR
The present study attempts for the first time to assess the possible enzyme inhibitory potential, antioxidant activity, and phytochemical profile of the ethyl acetate, methanol, and water extracts of C. saligna and shows that apigenin binds to the enzymatic pocket of α-glucosidase and is stabilised by a network of hydrogen bonds and pi-pi stacking.
Shedding light on the biological and chemical fingerprints of three Achillea species (A. biebersteinii, A. millefolium and A. teretifolia).
TLDR
Evaluating the biological and chemical profiles of different extracts obtained from three Achillea species found that methanol and water extracts exhibited stronger antioxidant abilities, which correlated with the higher levels of phenolic compounds when compared to the ethyl acetate extracts.
Inhibitory Potential of Five Traditionally Used Native Antidiabetic Medicinal Plants on α-Amylase, α-Glucosidase, Glucose Entrapment, and Amylolysis Kinetics In Vitro
TLDR
The findings tend to provide justification for the hypoglycaemic action of these medicinal plants which has opened novel avenues for the development of new phytopharmaceuticals geared towards diabetes management.
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