REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-66

Capparis spinosa L.: a natural source of pharmaceuticals


Department of Phytochemistry and Plant Systematics, National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Lamyaa Fawzy Ibrahim
Department of Phytochemistry and Plant Systematics, National Research Centre, Dokki 12311, Cairo
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/epj.epj_9_18

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Capparis spinosa L. (Caper) is an important source of different secondary metabolites of beneficial activities on human health. Phytochemical studies have shown the presence of many bioactive compounds such as spermidine, rutin, quercetin, kaempferol, stigmasterol, tocopherols, and carotenoids. Biological studies reveal important antimicrobial, antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, immunomodulatory, and antiviral properties. The present review summarizes information concerning biological activities of some compounds isolated from C. spinosa for the management of several diseases.


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