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Isolation and Characterization of Steroids of Nutraceutical Value in Physalis minima

  • Misra Laxmi N. (Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants) ;
  • Lal Pyare (Department of Chemistry, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology) ;
  • Kumar Devinder (Department of Chemistry, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology)
  • Published : 2006.06.01

Abstract

There is great demand of nutraceutical secondary metabolites in the world so as to feed the population by improving agricultural production with new varieties of food crops but what is still more important is to add nutrition into the food. Physalis minima, plant of Solanaceae family, contain certain secondary metabolites which enhance the over all metabolic functions of the body. Withasteroids are one of such phytochemicals that are generally regarded as safe. These chemicals are almost monopoly of the plants of Solanaceae. The leaves, stem and roots of P. minima have been examined to yield several steroids, identification of which has been discussed in this paper. These withasteroids contribute to the potential nutraceutical and health function value since incorporation of withanolides in the diet may prevent or decrease the growth of tumors in humans.

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