Frontiers in Bioactive Compounds

Frontiers in Bioactive Compounds

Volume: 2

At the Crossroads Between Nutrition and Pharmacology

Indexed in: EBSCO.

Functional foods (foods with known bioactive properties) have shown potential for preventive and therapeutic treatments. However, this potential must be safely determined before they enter the ...
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Biological and Medical Effects of Saponins of Hedera helix and Other Medicinal Plants

Pp. 186-199 (14)

Yuriy G. Shckorbatov


Saponins are biologically active components of many medicinal plants. From ancient times till our days the saponins containing medicinal plants are used in medicine with different purposes, in particular as anti-cancer agents in the folk (traditional) medicine. Therefore, many investigations are focused on the proapoptotic, toxic and proliferation suppressing properties of saponins. Publications from 2000 to 2014 dealing with medical applications of plant-derived saponins and saponincontaining herbs are reviewed.


18α-glycyrrhetinic acid, Alpha-hederin, Apoptosis, Astragalosides, Astragalus genus, Bryonia genus, Cell proliferation, Giganteosides, Glycine genus, Glycyrrhíza genus, Glycyrrhizin, Hedera genus, Necrosis, Nigella genus, Soyasaponins.


Institute of Biology, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine.