CAROB (Ceratonia siliqua): HEALTH, MEDICINE, CHEMISTRY

Abdulalttif Azab

Abstract


Carob (Ceratonia siliqua) is one of the important crops over western Asia and North Africa. Its nutritional value has been acknowledged for millennia but strangely enough, its medicinal properties were practically studied only in the last four decades, despite the fact that some of them were used in traditional medicines for centuries. Modern food industry is just starting to discover the great potential of this plant. Carob has outstanding antioxidant capacity along with other important medicinal activities. Some of these were extensively studied and reported in the last decades, but very few review articles were published about this plant, that summarize and discuss the findings. In this comprehensive review article, we present these reports, discuss them with specail attention to: traditional medicine, modern research findings, natural products, meaningful discussion and recommendations for future research subjects.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17628/ecb.2017.6.456-469

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