Raquel Kummer

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Thyme (Thymus vulgaris L., Lamiaceae) is an aromatic and medicinal plant that has been used in folk medicine, phytopharmaceutical preparations, food preservatives, and as an aromatic ingredient. The effect of Thymus vulgaris essential oil (TEO) and its isolated constituents thymol and cavacrol (CVL) were studied in the following experimental models: ear(More)
Plasma selenium of infants fed proprietary formula was significantly less than that in infants fed human milk. Addition of selenite to the formula (0.253 mumol Se/L) increased plasma selenium and activities of glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and total peroxidase (Px). However, erythrocyte selenium decreased significantly during the 12-wk study in infants(More)
The impact of providing selenomethionine (2.7 mumol Se) or selenium-enriched yeast (2.9 mumol Se) on the selenium status of lactating and nonlactating women with customary intakes of approximately 1.3 mumol Se/d was studied. Plasma selenium declined in unsupplemented lactating women but not in nonlactating women. Selenomethionine increased plasma selenium(More)
The genus Citrus (Rutaceae) includes several species of plants that produce some of the most cultivated fruits in the world, providing an appreciable content of essential oil. In folk medicine, they are used as a cholagogue, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, and antitoxic effects. Lemon essential oil has been used since ancient times for its(More)
Estragole, a chemical constituent of the essential oils of many aromatic plants, is used as flavoring in beverage and food industries. In vivo and in vitro experimental assays have shown that EST has sedative, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anesthetic activity. In this work, we evaluate the effect of EST on leukocyte behavior and phagocytic(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of anethole (AN) and eugenol (EUG) on leukocyte migration using in vitro chemotaxis and in situ microcirculation assays. BALB/c mice were used for the in vitro chemotaxis assay, and Wistar rats for the in situ microcirculation assay. We evaluated (a) the in vitro leukocyte migration in response to(More)
Fish oil, a rich source of n-3 fatty acids, has been studied for its beneficial effects in many diseases. Recent studies have shown the robust anti-inflammatory activity of fish oil (FO), when administered orally to rats, in models of acute inflammation. Herein, we investigated if treatment with fish oil preparation (FOP) could interfere with the(More)
Alpha-pinene (PIN) is a monoterpene derived from essential oils of plants. Some biological activities are associated with PIN, such as antibacterial, antihypernociceptive, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. This study was performed to evaluate the anti-inflammatory activity of PIN on the leukocyte behavior through in vivo and in vitro leukocyte migration.(More)
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