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Antimicrobial and chemopreventive properties of herbs and spices.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15180577     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Herbs and spices have been used for generations by humans as food and to treat ailments. Scientific evidence is accumulating that many of these herbs and spices do have medicinal properties that alleviate symptoms or prevent disease. A growing body of research has demonstrated that the commonly used herbs and spices such as garlic, black cumin, cloves, cinnamon, thyme, allspices, bay leaves, mustard, and rosemary, possess antimicrobial properties that, in some cases, can be used therapeutically. Other spices, such as saffron, a food colorant; turmeric, a yellow colored spice; tea, either green or black, and flaxseed do contain potent phytochemicals, including carotenoids, curcumins, catechins, lignan respectively, which provide significant protection against cancer. This review discusses recent data on the antimicrobial and chemopreventive activities of some herbs and spices and their ingredients.
P K Lai; J Roy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current medicinal chemistry     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0929-8673     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Med. Chem.     Publication Date:  2004 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-07     Completed Date:  2005-03-17     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9440157     Medline TA:  Curr Med Chem     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1451-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Bioscience, Salem International University, Salem, West Virginia 26426, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Infective Agents / chemistry,  isolation & purification,  pharmacology*
Chemoprevention / methods*
National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Plant Extracts / chemistry,  isolation & purification,  pharmacology*
Plants, Medicinal / chemistry,  classification*,  physiology
Spices / classification*
United States
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Infective Agents; 0/Plant Extracts

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