What is it about?
This review delves into the potential health benefits of certain edible freshwater plants, specifically focusing on their anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. The authors highlight five specific plants: Indian pennywort, sacred lotus, watercress, water spinach, and water primrose. In easy-to-understand language, they summarize existing research on these plant-based products, which can help raise awareness about natural alternatives to traditional medicine that may be more accessible or affordable for some people. This paper also identifies gaps in our knowledge regarding the bioactive compounds in these plant-based products. Further studies could lead to developing new treatments based on them and exploiting them for applications in food and medicine. Overall, this mini-review showcases the promise of edible freshwater plants as a source of natural anti-cancer and antioxidative products but requires significant exploration.
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Why is it important?
This review is important because it highlights the potential health benefits of certain edible freshwater plants, specifically their ability to fight cancer and act as antioxidants. By summarizing existing research in an easy-to-understand way, this paper can help raise awareness about natural alternatives to traditional medicine that may be more accessible or affordable for some people. Additionally, by identifying gaps in our knowledge regarding these plant-based products' bioactive compounds - further studies could lead us towards developing new treatments based around them! This information has implications not only on human health but also on food production industries since EFM species are traditionally used as food ingredients. Therefore, exploring such sources would provide a sustainable alternative source with added nutritional value while promoting good health practices among consumers.
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This page is a summary of: Edible freshwater macrophytes: a source of anticancer and antioxidative natural products—a mini-review, Phytochemistry Reviews, March 2015, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11101-015-9399-z.
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