Background: Asafoetida is dried latex that is extracted from the taproot of many species
of Ferula, a perennial herb native to the East Mediterranean and Central Asian regions. It is also a
common ingredient in some cuisines.
Objective: The goal of this manuscript is to survey on medicinal values and natural benefits of Asafoetida.
Methods: A literature search was conducted in Science Direct, Google, Google Scholar, PubMed,
Wiley Online Library, Springer, and Medline.
Results: The most important health benefits consist of reducing bloating, helping to relieve asthma,
lower blood pressure and menstrual pain, as well as treating headaches, insect bites, indigestion,
and as a laxative. It is good for diabetic people, treats nerve disorders, helps fight free radicals, aids
in reducing acne, treats corns and calluses, and reduces hair loss.
Conclusion: This review article allowed verifying Asafoetida as sources of compounds with valuable
nutritional and bioactive properties with great incorporation into foods with functional properties.