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Revista Cubana de Plantas Medicinales

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DE LA TORRE NUNEZ, Eliane; RODEIRO GUERRA, Idania; MENENDEZ SOTO DEL VALLE, Roberto  y  PEREZ CARRASCO, Dalmis. Thalassia testudinum, a sea plant with great therapeutical potentialities. Rev Cubana Plant Med [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.3, pp.288-296. ISSN 1028-4796.

Introduction: medicinal plants are those which contain one or more active principles that have a curative effect upon some illnesses which affect men and animals, whenever it is adequately administered. When one plant contains more than one active principle, it can be used to treat different ailments or body disorders. Objective: to analyze the benefits and therapeutic potentialities of the sea plant Thalassia testudinum based on the existent information and in the main results of research works about this sea organism. Development: natural products with therapeutic properties have been widely used in traditional medicine. Undoubtedly, the extracts from ground origin trees have so far represented one of the most interesting sources for phytodrugs. Nevertheless, sea organisms are a useful source which has not been fully explored. As they live and evolve in unique ecologic conditions, and as a result of their great taxonomic diversity in relation to that of ground organisms, they can synthesize molecules that are not equivalent to those of ground organisms found until now. This can derive in obtaining new chemical structures with sui generis pharmacological effects as in the case of the marine phenogram Thalassia testudinum. From this plant, poliphelonic structure-rich extract has been obtained, which show therapeutic potentialities associated to the great variety of beneficial effects that have been described in the studies such as anti-inflammatory, cytoprotective, antioxidative and neuroprotective properties. All the aforementioned turns this new developing product into a possible phytodrug. Conclusions: the sea organisms represent a new source to obtain new phytodrugs and nutritional supplements of great use in human health and nutrition.

Palabras clave : phytodrug; Thalassia testudinum; therapeutic properties.

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