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Saffron: a natural potent antioxidant as a promising anti-obesity drug


Mashmoul, Maryam and Azlan, Azrina and Khaza'ai, Huzwah and Mohd Yusof, Barakatun Nisak and Mohd Noor, Sabariah (2013) Saffron: a natural potent antioxidant as a promising anti-obesity drug. Antioxidants, 2 (4). pp. 293-308. ISSN 2076-3921


Obesity is associated with various diseases, particularly diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis and heart disease. Research on possibilities of herbal extracts and isolated compounds from natural products for treating obesity has an upward trend. Saffron (Crocus Sativus L. Iridaceae) is a source of plant polyphenols/carotenoids, used as important spice and food colorant in different parts of the world. It has also been used in traditional medicine for treatment of different types of illnesses since ancient times. Many of these medicinal properties of saffron can be attributed to a number of its compounds such as crocetin, crocins and other substances having strong antioxidant and radical scavenger properties against a variety of radical oxygen species and pro-inflammatory cytokines. The aim of this article is to assess the potential role of saffron and its constituents in the regulation of metabolic functions, which can beneficially alter obesity pathophysiology.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Halal Products Research Institute
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox2040293
Publisher: MDPI AG
Keywords: Saffron; Antioxidant; Crocin; Obesity; Overweight; Weight loss
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 03:45
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 07:25
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/29735
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