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Bioactivity of Triterpene Saponins from Quinoa (Chenopodium Quinoa Willd.)


Functional food is described as a food, even conventional, with special benefits to human health. Foods which includes particular functional nutrient by processing, enrichment or enhancement. Saponin in quinoa has been used as a many plant drug content and folk medicines for many centuries treatment of diseases. Quinoa seeds are naturally gluten free, high nutrient profile increasing attention has been given to these plants. Therefore, quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.), an Amaranthaceae plant of Andean region, recently became important for the researchers. Saponin has nutritional and pharmacological benefits. In addition to role in plant defense system, saponins possess various biological and pharmacological properties, including hemolytic, cytotoxic, immune modulatory, anti-inflammatory, and antitumor impact. The aim of this review is to plan a detail and recent report of quinoa pharmacological, phytochemical and nutritional aspects, while summary of late improvement link with the use in foods, cosmetics, medicines and botanical supplements

Ozgur Kivilcim Kilinc, Senay Ozgen and Zeliha Selamoglu*

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