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Muntingia calabura: chemical composition, bioactive component and traditional uses


Mastuki, Siti Nurulhuda and Mohd Faudzi, Siti Munirah and Ismail, Norsharina and Saad, Norazalina (2019) Muntingia calabura: chemical composition, bioactive component and traditional uses. In: Wild Fruits: Composition, Nutritional Value and Products. Springer, Switzerland, 549 - 564. ISBN 9783030318840; EISBN: 9783030318857


Muntingia calabura, commonly known as Jamaican cherry, is a plant species belonging to the family Muntingiaceae with variety of traditional uses. Following on these folklore claims, the works on phytochemicals constituents, traditional uses, pharmacological benefits and their mechanisms are presented in a number of studies as well as the in vitro and in vivo investigations. This species contains valuable phytochemicals with known medicinal properties that are beneficial to the well-being (e.g. anti-microbial, anti-nociceptive, anti-inflammatory etc.). Still, further and in-depth researches including a well-designed pharmacological tests and randomized clinical trials are required to unlock the hidden potential medicinal values of this plant, thus lead to the new drug discoveries of M. calabura.

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Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Faculty of Science
Institute of Bioscience
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-31885-7_41
Publisher: Springer
Keywords: Muntingia calabura; Phytochemicals; Traditional uses; Pharmacological activities
Depositing User: Azhar Abdul Rahman
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2021 06:04
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2021 06:04
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/78871
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