Date palm (Pheonix dactylifera L.) has long been known for its medical benefits. In this
review, the therapeutic properties of P. dactylifera are presented in light of the analysis of huge past
reviews that reported the bioactivities of both flesh and seed of this fruit. The reported bioactivities
of P. dactylifera included antioxidants, anti-cancer, aphrodisiac, antimicrobial, and anti-diabetic
properties. This review additionally highlights the extraction technologies (Soxhlet, maceration, heat
under reflux, Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) and microwave assisted extraction) that were utilized
as part of the extraction of P. dactylifera. This is because the quality and amount of the extraction
yield depend on the extraction technology used. Accordingly, this review aims for underlining
the potentials of P. dactylifera by compiling available data on the bioactivities and extraction technologies
used to set the directions for the improvement of future research of this fruit.
Keywords: Pheonix dactylifera L., bioactivity, antioxidants, anti-cancer, aphrodisiac, antimicrobial, anti-diabetic, extraction
technologies, supercritical fluid extraction.
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