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Essential Oils: Potential Effects on the Cardiovascular System

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Science and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 641

Special Issue Editors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to submit reviews and original research articles for a new Special Issue of Applied Sciences dedicated to essential oils (EOs), entitled "Essential Oils: Potential Effects on the Cardiovascular System".

EOs are complex combinations of chemical aromatic-smelling low-molecular-weight compounds. They are derived from the so-called secondary metabolism of plants, leading predominately to monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and their oxygenated derivatives. As these oils exert various pharmacological effects, they have been widely used in traditional medicine since the Middle Ages.

Recent studies on EOs and their active chemical components isolated from various parts of plants (leaves, roots, fruits, etc.) have shown their beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. Among the main effects found are: (i) improvement of lipid balance and endothelial function; (ii) reduction of blood pressure and oxidative stress; (iii) increased vascular relaxation; and (iv) inhibition of thrombosis, inflammation and angiogenesis. Hence, EOs and their active components may represent promising therapeutic agents for the maintenance of cardiovascular health.

This Special Issue aims to provide a forum for the dissemination of the latest information on the in vitro and in vivo (animal and human studies) effects of the essential oils and their biological activities, in view of possible pharmacological application for cardiovascular health.

Dr. Natalia Di Pietro
Dr. Rino Ragno
Guest Editors

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  • Essential oils
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Endothelial dysfunction
  • Inflammation
  • Oxidative stress
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia

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