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Biological activities of Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Mill. (Cactaceae) cladodes

Author:
Trovato, A., Mondello, M.R., Monforte, M.T., Rossitto, A., Galati, E.M.
Source:
Acta horticulturae 2002 no.581 pp. 291-294
ISSN:
0567-7572
Subject:
Ficus benghalensis, Opuntia ficus-indica, cladodes, freeze drying, fruits, screening, Sicily
Abstract:
This study has the aim to exploit the Opuntia ficus indica (L.) Mill. culture widespread in Sicily, also with the employment of the waste matter (cladodes and unmarketable fruits). Therefore a biological screening on lopping cladodes was performed. Homogenized and lyophilized cladodes of O. ficus indica, deprived of epidermis and glochides, show hypocholesterolemic, antiinflammatory, antiulcer and cicatrizant activity.
Agid:
316497