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Asafoetida, Natural Medicine for Future

[ Vol. 17 , Issue. 9 ]

Author(s):

Mohamad Hesam Shahrajabian, Wenli Sun and Qi Cheng*   Pages 922 - 926 ( 5 )

Abstract:


Background: Asafoetida is dried latex that is extracted from the taproot of many species of Ferula, a perennial herb native to the East Mediterranean and Central Asian regions. It is also a common ingredient in some cuisines.

Objective: The goal of this manuscript is to survey on medicinal values and natural benefits of Asafoetida.

Methods: A literature search was conducted in Science Direct, Google, Google Scholar, PubMed, Wiley Online Library, Springer, and Medline.

Results: The most important health benefits consist of reducing bloating, helping to relieve asthma, lower blood pressure and menstrual pain, as well as treating headaches, insect bites, indigestion, and as a laxative. It is good for diabetic people, treats nerve disorders, helps fight free radicals, aids in reducing acne, treats corns and calluses, and reduces hair loss.

Conclusion: This review article allowed verifying Asafoetida as sources of compounds with valuable nutritional and bioactive properties with great incorporation into foods with functional properties.

Keywords:

Medicinal plant, health benefits, asthma, anticancer, headaches, natural products.

Affiliation:

Biotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, Biotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, Biotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081



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