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This review is about the bioactive compounds and pharmacology of fern species, exploring their potential health benefits. It provides an updated overview of recent findings concerning these phytochemicals in ferns, which have historically been used by humans for various purposes including as ornamental plants, foods, medicinal herbs and handicraft materials. The paper highlights that there is currently relatively little information available on this topic in the literature despite its importance as a phytogenetic bridge between lower and higher plants.

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The implications of this review are that ferns, which have been used by humans for various purposes throughout history, may hold significant potential as a source of bioactive compounds with pharmacological applications. This review provides an updated overview of recent findings concerning phytochemicals present in fern species, serving as a valuable resource for researchers interested in exploring the health benefits associated with these plants. By delving into the medicinal properties of ferns, this study sheds light on their potential practical uses beyond ornamental or decorative ones. Overall, this review suggests that ferns have much untapped potential in the world of medicine, and further research is warranted to fully understand and harness these benefits.

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This page is a summary of: Phytochemicals from fern species: potential for medicine applications, Phytochemistry Reviews, January 2017, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11101-016-9488-7.
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