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DIABETES AND MEDICINAL BENEFITS OF PASSIFLORA EDULIS

Phamiwon ZAS* and Sheila John

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Passiflora edulis (Passion Fruit) belonging to the family Passifloraceae has exotic, unique flavor and aroma also known for its amazing nutritional and medicinal properties. Plants have been widely used throughout the world for their beneficial medicinal benefits. Plants are the richest sources of phyto-constituents. The review reveals the presence of wide ranges of phytochemical constituents from the plant like flavonoids, tannins, phenol, glycosides, fatty acids, alkaloids. It has been reported that passiflora edulis plant contains antiinflammatory, anticonvulsant, antimicrobial, anticancer, anti-diabetic, antihypertensive, anti-sedative, antioxidant properties and various remedial measures for treating conditions like osteoarthritis, asthma and act as colon cleanser. The different parts of the plants have also been used for treatment of ulcers, haemorrhoids, as sedatives, remedy for insomnia, digestive stimulant and remedy for gastri carcinoma. This article briefly reviews the ethno pharmacology, phyto-constituents and medicinal benefits of the plant highlighting the need for further research and development in pharmaceutical aspects.

Keywords: Passiflora edulis, medicinal benefits, phytochemicals, anti-diabteic, antihypertensive.


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