Natural Products and Bioprospecting

, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp 231–234 | Cite as

Yucca: A medicinally significant genus with manifold therapeutic attributes

  • Seema PatelEmail author
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The genus Yucca comprising of several species is dominant across the chaparrals, canyons and deserts of American South West and Mexico. This genus has long been a source of sustenance and drugs for the Native Americans. In the wake of revived interest in drug discovery from plant sources, this genus has been investigated and startling nutritive and therapeutic capacities have come forth. Apart from the functional food potential, antioxidant, antiinflammation, antiarthritic, anticancer, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, and hypocholesterolaemic properties have also been revealed. Steroidal saponins, resveratrol and yuccaols have been identified to be the active principles with myriad biological actions. To stimulate further research on this genus of multiple food and pharmaceutical uses, this updated review has been prepared with references extracted from MEDLINE database.


Yucca saponin antioxidant cytotoxicity antimicrobial 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Better Process Control School, Department of Food Science and TechnologyUniversity of California DavisCaliforniaUSA

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