Neuroprotective and Antiaging Essential Oils and Lipids in Plants

  • Mamali Das
  • Kasi Pandima DeviEmail author
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Part of the Reference Series in Phytochemistry book series (RSP)


Age-related neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, have a huge medical and economical impact in both the industrialized and nonindustrialized countries. Neurodegenerative diseases alone affect 74 million people worldwide and among them, 6.8 million die every year. Essential oils (EOs) and plant lipids (PLs) are used since long time in traditional medicine for their ability to manage a wide range of diseases. There are numerous reports on the neuroprotective and antiaging potentials and mechanism of PLs and EOs. Several clinically important EOs and their components from Mentha piperita, Eucalyptus globulus, Nigella sativa, Jasminum sambac, Rosmarinus officinalis, and plant-derived lipids like stearidonic acid (SDA) from Echium oil, stigmasterol, β-sitosterol, from Datura innoxa, palmitic acid, linoleic acid from Celastrus paniculatus, and many more plants are reported for their neuroprotective and antiaging effects. This chapter aims to emphasize on the current finding on EOs and PLs tested against aging-associated neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer disease (AD) and possible molecular mechanism of their neuroprotective effects.


Essential oils Plant lipids Alzheimer’s disease Cholinesterase inhibitors Antioxidants Amyloid-β NFTs Dementia BACE1 



The authors gladly acknowledge the bioinformatics infrastructure facility, Alagappa University, funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India (No. BT/BI/25/015/2012). Mamali Das acknowledges DST–PURSE for offering Research Fellowship.


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  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyAlagappa University [Science Campus]KaraikudiIndia

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