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An overview of Neem (Azadirachta indica) and its potential impact on health

By Jose Francisco Islas, Ezeiza Acosta, Zuca G. Buentello, Juan Luis Delgado Gallegos, María Guadalupe Moreno Treviño, Bruno Escalante and Jorge E. Moreno Cuevas


Global health and medical practice seek to merge alternative medicine with evidence-based medicine for a better understanding of the metabolic process and its effects in the human body. An example is the use of complementary medicine like phytotherapy. Azadirachta indica (Neem), a tree originally from India and Myanmar, called by many “The village pharmacy” or “Divine tree” because of its many health properties. In recent times, Neem-derived extracts have been shown to work from anywhere from insect repellent, to supplements to lower inflammation, diabetic control, and even to combat cancer. Herein, we state the health benefits found in diverse compounds and extracts derived from Neem, highlighting the mechanisms and pathways in which Neem compounds produce their effects, while warning that the improper and unstandardized conditions to produce extracts can lead to health issues, particularly certain compounds might have damaging effects on the liver and kidneys

Topics: QP Fisiología
Publisher: 'Elsevier BV'
Year: 2020
DOI identifier: 10.1016/J.JFF.2020.104171
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