Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Uses of Spices: Modern Uses for Ancient Medicine

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World Scientific, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 430 pages
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Most therapeutics available today are highly toxic, very expensive and exhibit minimum efficacy. The issue of toxicity is even more critical for prevention than for therapy because the former involves normal subjects. Thus, therapeutics that are safe and affordable are needed for both prevention and therapy. Spices of Southeast Asian origin, once employed for taste, appearance and preservation of food, now appear to have therapeutic value for humans. What the active principles in these spices are and how they mediate their effect against various diseases are beginning to emerge from extensive research carried out within the last half-century. The current monograph is an attempt to address the active constituents, their molecular targets and the therapeutic uses of these spices.
 

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Contents

An Overview
1
Chapter 2 Black Pepper Piper nigrum and Its Bioactive Compound Piperine
25
Chapter 3 Cardamom Elettaria cardamomum and Its Active Constituent 18cineole
65
Chapter 4 Molecular Targets and Health Benefits of Cinnamon
87
Chapter 5 Cloves Eugenol
117
Chapter 6 Coriander
149
Chapter 7 Fenugreek Diosgenin
173
Chapter 8 Diallyl Sulfide from Garlic
197
Chapter 10 Kalonji Thymoquinone
257
Chapter 11 Kokum Garcinol
281
Chapter 12 Capsaicin A Hot Spice in the Chemoprevention of Cancer
311
Chapter 13 Rosemary Rosmarinic Acid
341
Chapter 14 Mint and Its Constituents
373
Chapter 15 Turmeric Curcumin
403
Index
425
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Chapter 9 Ginger 6gingerol
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