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The Mediterranean Diet by Ronald Ross Watson, Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 54

Apoptotic Activities of Mediterranean Plant Species

José-Luis Ríos riosjl@uv.es    Universitat de València, Burjassot, València, Spain

Abstract

Throughout the Mediterranean region, medicinal plants are widely used to improve health and avoid disease. Various epidemiological studies indicate that some of these plants reduce the incidence of inflammatory diseases and cancer by inducing programmed cell death, thus arresting proliferation. Several of these plant species, including saffron, capsicum, garlic, and onion, are employed for many purposes, while others, such as mistletoe, myrtle, French lavender, and rue, have more selective uses. For example, saffron exerts a chemopreventive effect by inhibiting cell proliferation and inducing apoptosis, ...

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