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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330174/salicornia-evaluating-the-halophytic-extremophile-as-a-food-and-a-pharmaceutical-candidate
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REVIEW
Seema Patel
Food insecurity is a major issue in current scenario where a large section of mankind is at risk of insufficient diet. As food productivity has its limits, the prospecting of unutilized or underutilized flora as food candidates is collectively recognized as a sustainable option. In the past decade, a number of obscure plants have been identified to be rich in dietary components and deemed fit for integration into the food platter. This review discusses a candidate Salicornia, belonging to family Amaranthaceae...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322147/molecular-characterization-and-antioxidant-potential-of-three-wild-culinary-medicinal-mushrooms-from-tripura-northeast-india
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Aparajita Roy Das, Madhusmita Borthakur, Ajay Krishna Saha, Santa Ram Joshi, Panna Das
The aim of this study was to characterize 3 wild culinary-medicinal mushrooms using molecular tools and to analyze their antioxidant activity. Antioxidant properties were studied by evaluating free radical scavenging, reducing power, and chelating effect. The mushrooms were identified as Lentinus squarrosulus, L. tuber-regium, and Macrocybe gigantean by amplifying internal transcribed spacer regions of ribosomal DNA. The results demonstrated that the methanolic extract of M. gigantean has the highest free radical scavenging effect and chelating effect, whereas the methanolic extract of L...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322143/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antidiabetic-evaluation-of-selected-culinary-medicinal-mushrooms-agaricomycetes
#3
Varinder Singh, Gurleen Kaur Bedi, Richa Shri
Management of type 2 diabetes by delaying or preventing glucose absorption using natural products is gaining significant attention. Edible mushrooms are well documented for their nutritional and medicinal properties. This investigation was designed to evaluate the antidiabetic activity of aqueous extracts of selected culinary-medicinal mushrooms, namely, Pleurotus ostreatus, Calocybe indica, and Volvariella volvacea, using in vitro models (α-amylase inhibition assay, glucose uptake by yeast cells, and glucose adsorption capacity)...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320235/methanol-extract-of-nigella-sativa-seed-induces-changes-in-the-levels-of-neurotransmitter-amino-acids-in-male-rat-brain-regions
#4
Tarek El-Naggar, María Emilia Carretero, Carmen Arce, María Pilar Gómez-Serranillos
CONTEXT: Nigella sativa L. (Ranunculaceae) (NS) has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes. Different parts of the plant are used to treat many disorders. OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the effects of NS methanol extract on brain neurotransmitter amino acid levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We measured the changes in aspartate, glutamate, glycine and γ-aminobutyric acid in five brain regions of male Wistar rats after methanol extract treatment...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267567/safety-assessment-of-mushrooms-in-dietary-supplements-by-combining-analytical-data-with-in-silico-toxicology-evaluation
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Karen M VanderMolen, Jason G Little, Vincent P Sica, Tamam El-Elimat, Huzefa A Raja, Nicholas H Oberlies, Timothy R Baker, Catherine Mahony
Despite growing popularity in dietary supplements, many medicinal mushrooms have not been evaluated for their safe human consumption using modern techniques. The multifaceted approach described here relies on five key principles to evaluate the safety of non-culinary fungi for human use: (1) identification by sequencing the nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region (commonly referred to as ITS barcoding), (2) screening an extract of each fungal raw material against a database of known fungal metabolites, (3) comparison of these extracts to those prepared from grocery store-bought culinary mushrooms using UHPLCPDA-ELS-HRMS, (4) review of the toxicological and chemical literature for each fungus, and (5) evaluation of data establishing presence in-market...
March 4, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265493/transcriptome-analysis-of-polygonum-minus-reveals-candidate-genes-involved-in-important-secondary-metabolic-pathways-of-phenylpropanoids-and-flavonoids
#6
Kok-Keong Loke, Reyhaneh Rahnamaie-Tajadod, Chean-Chean Yeoh, Hoe-Han Goh, Zeti-Azura Mohamed-Hussein, Zamri Zainal, Ismanizan Ismail, Normah Mohd Noor
BACKGROUND: Polygonum minus is an herbal plant in the Polygonaceae family which is rich in ethnomedicinal plants. The chemical composition and characteristic pungent fragrance of Polygonum minus have been extensively studied due to its culinary and medicinal properties. There are only a few transcriptome sequences available for species from this important family of medicinal plants. The limited genetic information from the public expressed sequences tag (EST) library hinders further study on molecular mechanisms underlying secondary metabolite production...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245170/crude-flavonoid-extract-of-medicinal-herb-zingibar-officinal-inhibits-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Osama A Abu-Zinadah, Ayman I Elkady, Rania Abd El Hamid Hussein
There is an urgent need to improve the clinical management of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), one of the most common causes of global cancer-related deaths. Zingibar officinale is a medicinal herb used throughout history for both culinary and medicinal purposes. It has antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, and free radical scavenging properties. Previously, we proved that the crude flavonoid extract of Z. officinale (CFEZO) inhibited growth and induced apoptosis in several cancer cell lines. However, the effect of the CFEZO on an HCC cell line has not yet been evaluated...
December 21, 2016: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236404/petroleum-ether-sub-fraction-of-rosemary-extract-improves-hyperlipidemia-and-insulin-resistance-by-inhibiting-srebps
#8
Zhi-Shen Xie, Ling-Jun Zhong, Xiao-Meng Wan, Meng-Ning Li, Hua Yang, Ping Li, Xiao-Jun Xu
As a culinary and medicinal herb, rosemary is widely used. The present work aimed to investigate the effects of rosemary extracts on metabolic diseases and the underlying mechanisms of action. Liver cells stably expressing SREBP reporter were used to evaluate the inhibitory effects of different fractions of rosemary extracts on SREBP activity. The obese mice induced by Western-type diet were orally administered with rosemary extracts or vehicle for 7 weeks, the plasma and tissue lipids were analyzed. SREBPs and their target genes were measured by quantitative RT-PCR...
October 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231138/essential-oils-in-foods-from-ancient-times-to-the-21st-century
#9
EDITORIAL
Esther Sendra
Medicinal plants and culinary herbs have been used since ancient times. Essential oils (EO) are a mixture of numerous compounds, mainly terpenes, alcohols, acids, esters, epoxides, aldehydes, ketones,aminesandsulfides,thatareprobablyproducedbyplantsasaresponsetostress[1].[...].
June 14, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231130/evaluation-of-turmeric-powder-adulterated-with-metanil-yellow-using-ft-raman-and-ft-ir-spectroscopy
#10
Sagar Dhakal, Kuanglin Chao, Walter Schmidt, Jianwei Qin, Moon Kim, Diane Chan
Turmeric powder (Curcuma longa L.) is valued both for its medicinal properties and for its popular culinary use, such as being a component in curry powder. Due to its high demand in international trade, turmeric powder has been subject to economically driven, hazardous chemical adulteration. This study utilized Fourier Transform-Raman (FT-Raman) and Fourier Transform-Infra Red (FT-IR) spectroscopy as separate but complementary methods for detecting metanil yellow adulteration of turmeric powder. Sample mixtures of turmeric powder and metanil yellow were prepared at concentrations of 30%, 25%, 20%, 15%, 10%, 5%, 1%, and 0...
May 17, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214685/role-of-laxative-and-antioxidant-properties-of-malva-sylvestris-leaves-in-constipation-treatment
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Mohamed-Amine Jabri, Dalanda Wannes, Najla Hajji, Mohsen Sakly, Lamjed Marzouki, Hichem Sebai
INTRODUCTION: Mallaw (Malva sylvestris L.) is a medicinal plant who is traditionally being used as an antiulcer, laxative and anti-hemorrhoid, besides of its culinary use as a food in Tunisian cuisine. The present study was carried out to evaluate the protective effect of Malva sylvestris aqueous extract (MSAE) on constipation- induced by loperamide in male Wistar rats. METHODS: Rats were divided into six groups of six animals each: Control, Loperamide (LOP), LOP+ yohimbine (2mg/kg b...
February 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178991/an-ethnographic-study-of-salt-use-and-humoral-concepts-in-a-latino-farm-worker-community-in-california-s-central-valley
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Judith C Barker, Claudia Guerra, M Judy Gonzalez-Vargas, Kristin S Hoeft
BACKGROUND: This article reports on the use of domestic or table salt for its perceived health effects and healing properties in a Latino farmworker community. It explores how contemporary salt usage beliefs can be seen to have roots in long-standing humoral theories of medicine and health. METHODS: This qualitative investigation comprised 30 in-depth individual interviews and five focus groups conducted in Spanish with Mexican and Central American immigrants in one small city in California's Central Valley (N = 61 total participants)...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098514/edible-and-medicinal-mushrooms-emerging-brain-food-for-the-mitigation-of-neurodegenerative-diseases
#13
Chia-Wei Phan, Pamela David, Vikineswary Sabaratnam
There is an exponential increase in dementia in old age at a global level because of increasing life expectancy. The prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD) will continue to rise steadily, and is expected to reach 42 million cases worldwide in 2020. Despite the advancement of medication, the management of these diseases remains largely ineffective. Therefore, it is vital to explore novel nature-based nutraceuticals to mitigate AD and other age-related neurodegenerative disorders...
January 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086773/pleurotus-giganteus-berk-karun-hyde-the-giant-oyster-mushroom-inhibits-no-production-in-lps-h2o2-stimulated-raw-264-7-cells-via-stat-3-and-cox-2-pathways
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Asweni Baskaran, Kek Heng Chua, Vikineswary Sabaratnam, Mani Ravishankar Ram, Umah Rani Kuppusamy
BACKGROUND: Pleurotus giganteus (Berk. Karunarathna and K.D. Hyde), has been used as a culinary mushroom and is known to have medicinal properties but its potential as an anti-inflammatory agent to mitigate inflammation triggered diseases is untapped. In this study, the molecular mechanism underlying the protective effect of ethanol extract of P. giganteus (EPG) against lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and combination of LPS and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced inflammation on RAW 264.7 macrophages was investigated...
January 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078243/ethnobotanical-knowledge-of-apiaceae-family-in-iran-a-review
#15
REVIEW
Mohammad Sadegh Amiri, Mohammad Reza Joharchi
OBJECTIVE: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) family is one of the biggest plant families on the earth. Iran has a huge diversity of Apiaceae members. This family possesses a range of compounds that have many biological activities. The members of this family are well known as vegetables, culinary and medicinal plants. Here, we present a review of ethnobotanical uses of Apiaceae plants by the Iranian people in order to provide a comprehensive documentation for future investigations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We checked scientific studies published in books and journals in various electronic databases (Medline, PubMed, Science Direct, Scopus and Google Scholar websites) from 1937 to 2015 and reviewed a total of 52 publications that provided information about different applications of these plant species in human and livestock...
November 2016: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070488/transcriptome-profiling-of-elettaria-cardamomum-l-maton-small-cardamom
#16
F Nadiya, N Anjali, Jinu Thomas, A Gangaprasad, K K Sabu
Elettaria cardamomum (L.) Maton, known as 'queen of spices, is a perennial herbaceous monocot of the family Zingiberaceae, native to southern India. Cardamom is an economically valuable spice crop and used widely in culinary and medicinal purposes. In the present study, using Ion Proton RNA sequencing technology, we performed transcriptome sequencing and de novo transcriptome assembly of a wild and five cultivar genotypes of cardamom. RNA-seq generated a total of 22,811,983 (92 base) and 24,889,197 (75 base) raw reads accounting for approximately 8...
March 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009867/essential-oils-of-three-cow-parsnips-composition-and-activity-against-nosocomial-and-foodborne-pathogens-and-food-contaminants
#17
Ljuboš Ušjak, Silvana Petrović, Milica Drobac, Marina Soković, Tatjana Stanojković, Ana Ćirić, Marjan Niketić
Although some widespread, native cow parsnips (Heracleum L. spp., Apiaceae) had broad medicinal and culinary applications throughout history, the knowledge about their volatile constituents is insufficient. This work investigates the composition and bioactivities of H. sphondylium L. (HSPH), H. sibiricum L. (HSIB) and H. montanum Schleich. ex Gaudin (HMON) essential oils. The composition was tested by GC and GC-MS. (Z)-β-Ocimene was the most abundant in HSPH (28.9%) and HMON (20.4%) root oils, while in HSIB root oil, β-pinene (26...
December 23, 2016: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008812/anti-inflammation-properties-of-fruiting-bodies-and-submerged-cultured-mycelia-of-culinary-medicinal-higher-basidiomycetes-mushrooms
#18
Rao-Chi Chien, Lan-Min Lin, Yuan-Hua Chang, Yu-Chieh Lin, Pei-Hsuan Wu, Mikheil D Asatiani, Sophie-Gabrielle Wasser, Maxim Krakhmalnyi, Abed Agbarya, Solomon P Wasser, Jeng-Leun Mau
This research shows the phenolic composition and anti-inflammation properties of fruiting bodies and mycelia of 15 strains of 12 species of higher Basidiomycetes medicinal mushrooms. In this research, 15 extracts were prepared and their effects on inflammation-related mediators in RAW 264.7 cells were evaluated. In the extracts, amounts of total phenols ranged from 8.47 to 70.32 gallic acid equivalents mg/g and amounts of flavonoids ranged from 0.13 to 15.21 rutin equivalents mg/g. The production of nitric oxide, tumor necrosis factor-α, and interleukin-6 was decreased at different levels by these extracts, whereas the production of interleukin-10 was increased by 6 of the extracts...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008810/a-polysaccharide-from-the-culinary-medicinal-mushroom-pholiota-nameko-agaricomycetes-inhibits-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-in-dendritic-cells-through-the-tlr2-receptor
#19
Haiping Li, Pei Zhao, Fengling Wang, Lihua Huai, Ruixuan Zhu, Guoliang Li, Yufeng Xu
A polysaccharide purified from Pholiota nameko (PNPS-1) was found to have anticancer and anti-inflammatory activity. This study investigated the effect of PNPS-1 on the nuclear factor (NF)-κB signaling pathway of TLR2 small interfering RNA-silenced murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) and relevant mechanisms. The expression of messenger RNA of 4 NF-κB-related genes, including MyD88, IKBKB, RelA(p65), and CCL2, was determined by real-time polymerase chain reaction; the expression of the phenotype molecule intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) by flow cytometry; the protein expression of IKKβ and p65 by Western blot; the production of p65 by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; and the expression of p65 by immunocytochemistry...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003804/golden-needle-mushroom-a-culinary-medicine-with-evidenced-based-biological-activities-and-health-promoting-properties
#20
REVIEW
Calyn Tang, Pearl Ching-Xin Hoo, Loh Teng-Hern Tan, Priyia Pusparajah, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Learn-Han Lee, Bey-Hing Goh, Kok-Gan Chan
Flammulina velutipes (enoki, velvet shank, golden needle mushroom or winter mushroom), one of the main edible mushrooms on the market, has long been recognized for its nutritional value and delicious taste. In recent decades, research has expanded beyond detailing its nutritional composition and delved into the biological activities and potential health benefits of its constituents. Many bioactive constituents from a range of families have been isolated from different parts of the mushroom, including carbohydrates, protein, lipids, glycoproteins, phenols, and sesquiterpenes...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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