‘Sweeter’ than its name: anti-inflammatory activities of Stevia rebaudiana

Xiaomin Zou, Qi Wen Tan, Bey Hing Goh, Learn Han Lee, Kai Leng Tan, Hooi Leng Ser

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    Abstract

    Inflammation plays a major role in etiology of multiple diseases and it has become an imperative therapeutic target in pharmacological interventions. Over the years, natural products originating from plants have made great contributions in the drug discovery process. Belonging to the Asteraceae family, Stevia rebaudiana (S. rebaudiana) is exploited at a large scale for its purpose as a natural sweetener. Even so, researchers have begun to notice other bioactive potential use of stevia such as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities, which are conferred by compounds present in the leaves including stevioside, rebaudioside and isosteviol. In this review, we provide a brief overview of S. rebaudiana plant and its bioactive compounds and highlight their anti-inflammatory potential for therapeutic applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)286-309
    Number of pages24
    JournalAll Life
    Volume13
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2020

    Keywords

    • anti-inflammatory
    • isosteviol
    • natural sweetener
    • Stevia
    • stevioside

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