The biological activities of the spiderworts (Tradescantia)

Joash Ban Lee Tan, Yee Min Kwan

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Widely used throughout the world as traditional medicine for treating a variety of diseases ranging from cancer to microbial infections, members of the Tradescantia genus show promise as sources of desirable bioactive compounds. The bioactivity of several noteworthy species has been well-documented in scientific literature, but with nearly seventy-five species, there remains much to explore in this genus. This review aims to discuss all the bioactivity-related studies of Tradescantia plants and the compounds discovered, including their anticancer, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antidiabetic activities. Gaps in knowledge will also be identified for future research opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126411
Number of pages10
JournalFood Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020


  • Antibacterial
  • Anticancer
  • Antioxidant
  • Commelinaceae
  • Functional food
  • Natural colorants

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