Family Fabaceae: A Boon for Cancer Therapy

  • Ashita Sharma
  • Rajwant Kaur
  • Jatinder Kaur Katnoria
  • Rajinder Kaur
  • Avinash Kaur Nagpal


Cancer is a deadliest disease which has been a challenging prorogue for human health and civilization. Legumes or plants of family Fabaceae have been part of our diet since times immemorial. Plants of this family are rich in phytoconstituents which make them effective therapeutic agents for various diseases. The synergistic effects of different phytoconstituents are far more than the effect of individual compounds. Studies have revealed that those parts of the world which consume legumes as a staple diet have less mortality due to cancer as compared to other parts of the world. Also, it has been reported that phytochemical components of plants of this family inhibit carcinogenesis at various stages. The use of phytoconstituents derived from these plants along with traditional chemotherapy can have synergistic effects which help in fighting cancer. This review focuses on various compounds present in plants of family Fabaceae and their anticarcinogenic potential.


Legumes Cancer Lectins Apoptosis Carcinogenesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashita Sharma
    • 1
  • Rajwant Kaur
    • 1
  • Jatinder Kaur Katnoria
    • 1
  • Rajinder Kaur
    • 1
  • Avinash Kaur Nagpal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Botanical and Environmental SciencesGuru Nanak Dev UniversityAmritsarIndia

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