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Current Nutrition & Food Science


ISSN (Print): 1573-4013
ISSN (Online): 2212-3881

Review Article (Mini-Review)

Asafoetida, Natural Medicine for Future

Author(s): Mohamad Hesam Shahrajabian*, Wenli Sun and Qi Cheng

Volume 17 , Issue 9 , 2021

Published on: 22 February, 2021

Page: [922 - 926] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/1573401317666210222161609

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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.

Keywords: Medicinal plant, health benefits, asthma, anticancer, headaches, natural products.

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