Flavonoids: A Potent Substance in Anti-ulcer and Hepatoprotective Agents
Keywords:Flavonoids, Herbs, Liver, Secondary Metabolites, Ulcer
Herbs have been used to treat various diseases in one form or another for the betterment of mankind since the ancient ages. As a result of this usage, the situation gradually deteriorated due to overexploitation, resulting in a decrease in natural resource production. Looking in to the benefits, the flora and fauna were rehabilitees through tissue culture, conservation, plantation and other means to ensure their availability in their natural form. Nature is the best chemist, as it aids in the treatment of ailments and provides the results of them. It is impossible to find any plant that has no medical use. Ulcer and liver diseases are at an alarming rate in the developing countries. A number of drugs, which are in the existing medications for peptic ulcer and hepatic diseases, are on the comeback list due to their adverse effects and drug interactions. Drugs, which are derived from the flora, have an important role in treatment and show a higher rate of acceptance. Flavonoids are the naturally occurring, low-molecular-weight molecules seen mostly distributed in the vegetable kingdom and hold an utmost thurst in declining the generation of reactive oxygen species. Secondary compounds like apigenin, sylimarin, genesis, quercetin, kaempherol and catechins have a significant role in these diseases. This article focuses on the importance of flavonoids, which can serve as potent anti-ulcer and hepatoprotective agents.
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