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Title: Antioxidant properties and analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of Calamintha nepeta and Foeniculum vulgare
Authors: Arantes, Silvia
Piçarra, Andreia
Candeias, M. Fátima
Neto Vaz, António M.
Tinoco, M. Teresa
Cruz-Morais, Júlio
Martins, M. Rosário
Editors: Cabrita, A. M.
Keywords: Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta
Foeniculum vulgare
Essential oil
Issue Date: Jun-2015
Publisher: Portuguese Experimental Pathology Association
Citation: Sílvia Arantes, Andreia Piçarra, M. Fátima Candeias, António Neto Vaz, M. Teresa Tinoco, Júlio Cruz-Morais, M. Rosário Martins. Antioxidant properties and analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of Calamintha nepeta and Foeniculum vulgare. Experimental Pathology and Health Sciences: Research, Clinics, Teaching and Society, Journal of the Portuguese Experimental Pathology Association, 2015 7 (1) 57.
Abstract: Plants are rich in bioactive compounds, some of them have important antioxidant properties useful in prevention of the oxidative stress and neurodegenerative diseases, however their medicinal uses are mainly based on traditional beliefs, without scientific evidence [1]. Some studies reported the ethnoveterinary applications of medicinal plants in feeding and nutrition of livestock, suitable to improve the antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties [2]. Phytotherapeutical use of essential oils (EOs) gain increasing attention in animal nutrition due to their spasmolytic and diuretic activities [3]. However, further scientific research is therefore needed to use essential oils effectively in feeding of livestock. The aim of this study was to evaluate antioxidant and pharmacological properties of EOs and extracts of two aromatic plants from Alentejo, Calamintha nepeta (L.) Savi subsp. nepeta (calamint), and Foeniculum vulgare L. (fennel). Antioxidant activity was determined by three methods: diphenylpicrylhidrazil radical, β-carotene/linoleic acid and reducing power assay.
Type: article
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