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Biomolecules 2019, 9(2), 76; https://doi.org/10.3390/biom9020076

The Health Beneficial Properties of Rhodomyrtus tomentosa as Potential Functional Food

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NTT Institute of Hi-Technology, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
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Faculty of Natural Sciences, Thu Dau Mot University, Thu Dau Mot City 820000, Binh Duong Province, Vietnam
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Received: 1 February 2019 / Revised: 15 February 2019 / Accepted: 18 February 2019 / Published: 21 February 2019
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Abstract

Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (Aiton) Hassk. is a flowering plant belonging to the family Myrtaceae, native to southern and southeastern Asia. It has been used in traditional Vietnamese, Chinese, and Malaysian medicine for a long time for the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, gynecopathy, stomachache, and wound healing. Moreover, R. tomentosa is used to make various food products such as wine, tea, and jam. Notably, R. tomentosa has been known to contain structurally diverse and biologically active metabolites, thus serving as a potential resource for exploring novel functional agents. Up to now, numerous phenolic and terpenoid compounds from the leaves, root, or fruits of R. tomentosa have been identified, and their biological activities such as antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer have been evidenced. In this contribution, an overview of R. tomentosa and its health beneficial properties was focused on and emphasized. View Full-Text
Keywords: R. tomentosa; bioactivity; phenolic compound; terpenoid; functional food R. tomentosa; bioactivity; phenolic compound; terpenoid; functional food
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Vo, T.S.; Ngo, D.H. The Health Beneficial Properties of Rhodomyrtus tomentosa as Potential Functional Food. Biomolecules 2019, 9, 76.

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