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Revista Cubana de Investigaciones Biomédicas

versión impresa ISSN 0864-0300versión On-line ISSN 1561-3011


HERNANDEZ ANGEL, Maureen; GARCIA BACALLAO, Lourdes; ROJO DOMINGUEZ, Delia Mercedes  y  OLIVARES PADILLA, Dania. Almendro de la India: potencial biológico valioso. Rev Cubana Invest Bioméd [online]. 2003, vol.22, n.1. ISSN 0864-0300.

A review was made to show the most significant effects of the extracts obtained from the leaves of Terminalia catappa L. It was also proved that this species is an important source for the development of new natural formulations contributing to the prevention of diseases with a high morbidity and mortality rate in the country. The use of phytodrugs has increased within the world therapeutic arsenal, mainly because their adverse effects are limited and because they use technologies of low levels of investments and materials with the subsequent reduction of costs. Terminalia catappa L. abounds in Cuba and it is a very valuable specimen due to the fact that its leaves are rich in compounds known as hidrolyzable tannins, which have biological effects of interest. They are also attributed a potent antioxidant action.

Palabras clave : PLANTS, MEDICINAL [theraputic use]; PLANT EXTRACT; ANTIOXIDANTS [theraputic use]; TANNINS [theraputic use]; LIPID PEROXIDATION; MEDICINE, TRADITIONAL.

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