Anti-Inflammatory Mediated Applications of Monoterpenes Found in Fruits Conference Paper uri icon


  • Traditionally plants have been used as medicine and food for providing key health benefits, including prevention of a number of infectious, chronic and acute diseases. One of the advantages of plant-derived compounds is their higher margin of safety and their multitude of benefits in prevention of chronic disease and associated symptoms; this activity is either due to isomeric forms of one molecule or a mixture of several molecules, as in extracts and poly herbal formulations. Monoterpenes are abundant volatile principles distributed widely in the plant kingdom and are responsible for different flavors and fragrances. Among monoterpenes, d-limonene is commonly found in citrus and other plants. D-limonene is known for various biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant and anti-atherosclerotic activities. With the emerging understanding of the association between inflammation and cancer, respiratory diseases and cardiovascular disease, compounds capable of suppressing inflammation are gaining significance as prophylactic and therapeutic agents. The current chapter provides information about various naturally-occurring anti-inflammatory agents, including volatile principles from citrus and the specific benefits of d-limonene in prevention and treatment of cancer and other inflammation-related diseases. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

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  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Murthy, K., Jayaprakasha, G. K., & Patil, B. S.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Murthy, Kotamballi N Chidambara||Jayaprakasha, GK||Patil, Bhimanagouda S

publication date

  • January 2013