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Neuroprotective herbs and foods from different traditional medicines and diets.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20657497     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Plant secondary metabolites include an array of bioactive constituents form both medicinal and food plants able to improve human health. The exposure to these phytochemicals, including phenylpropanoids, isoprenoids and alkaloids, through correct dietary habits, may promote health benefits, protecting against the chronic degenerative disorders mainly seen in Western industrialized countries, such as cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. In this review, we briefly deal with some plant foods and herbs of traditional medicines and diets, focusing on their neuroprotective active components. Because oxidative stress and neuroinflammation resulting from neuroglial activation, at the level of neurons, microglial cells and astrocytes, are key factors in the etiopathogenesis of both neurodegenerative and neurological diseases, emphasis will be placed on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity exerted by specific molecules present in food plants or in remedies prescribed by herbal medicines.
Marcello Iriti; Sara Vitalini; Gelsomina Fico; Franco Faoro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2010-05-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Molecules (Basel, Switzerland)     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1420-3049     ISO Abbreviation:  Molecules     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-26     Completed Date:  2010-11-03     Revised Date:  2010-12-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100964009     Medline TA:  Molecules     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3517-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dipartimento di Produzione Vegetale, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Medicine, Traditional / methods*
Neuroprotective Agents / pharmacology*
Plants, Medicinal
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Inflammatory Agents; 0/Antioxidants; 0/Neuroprotective Agents

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