TINOSPORA CORDIFOLIA – FROM A HUMBLE PLANT TO THE MOST BASIC INGREDIENT FOR FOOD – AN OVERVIEWAbstract
Natural products with medicinal value are becoming increasingly important in food preservation. Tinospora cordifolia, a plant commonly known as Guduchi, is highly beneficial in the medicinal field and has been used for centuries to treat various diseases. Due to the discovery of active components in Tinospora species and their potential for disease control, this plant has gained interest across the globe. Various pharmacological characteristics such as antioxidant, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective, antidiabetic and analgesic antitumor activities support its medicinal properties making it a promising herb with various health benefits. These biological activities of Tinospora species can be attributed due to the presence of a wide range of phytoconstituents, including alkaloids, ﬂavonoids, lignans, Furano diterpene glucosides and sterols. The clinical importance of Tinospora cordifolia is included in this review to investigate its potential uses as an ingredient for the food industry. The future scope of the review remains in exploiting and isolating antimicrobial compounds to enable new and effective formulations in food preservation.
R. Anusha and Jyoti Prabha Bishnoi *
Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University Rajasthan, Industrial Area, Rajasthan, India.
29 November 2021
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