Antibiotics, Volume 9, Issue 11 (November 2020) – 114 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Ayahuasca is a South American beverage commonly prepared from the leaves of the Psychotria viridis shrub and stem scraps from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine or another plants. The resulting brew may contain N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a powerful psychedelic drug, and harmala alkaloids, which allow making DMT orally active. Ayahuasca is used largely as an aid to spiritual practices, and some recent investigations have pointed to its potential therapeutic effects. This work allowed a more in-depth knowledge of the phytochemical composition of Ayahuasca samples. Their ability to inhibit lipid peroxidation and the capability to scavenge free radicals were demonstrated, indicating antioxidant properties. Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities were also tested. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study of this kind. View this paper.
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