Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 69, Issue 3, pp 189–195

The Biological Activities and Chemical Composition of Pereskia Species (Cactaceae)—A Review

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11130-014-0423-z

Cite this article as:
de Castro Campos Pinto, N. & Scio, E. Plant Foods Hum Nutr (2014) 69: 189. doi:10.1007/s11130-014-0423-z


The exploration of nature as a source of sustainable, novel bioactive substances continues to grow as natural products play a significant role in the search for new therapeutic and agricultural agents. In this context, plants of the genus Pereskia (Cactaceae) have been studied for their biological activities, and are evolving as an interesting subject in the search for new, bioactive compounds. These species are commonly used as human foodstuffs and in traditional medicine to treat a variety of diseases. This review focuses on the bioactivity and chemical composition of the genus Pereskia, and aims to stimulate further studies on the chemistry and biological potential of the genus.


PereskiaCactaceaeBioactivityMedicinal foodNatural products

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Bioactive Natural Products. Department of BiochemistryInstitute of Biological Science of Federal University of Juiz de ForaJuiz de ForaBrazil