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[] Ilex guayusa: A systematic review of its Traditional Uses, Chemical Constituents, Biological Activities and Biotrade Opportunities

1 Universidad Estatal Amazónica, Puyo, Ecuador
2 Universidad Estatal Amazónica, Puyo, Ecuador
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17 January 2017
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Abstract

Ilex guayusa is an emblematic tree of the Ecuadorian Amazon region, widely used in folk medicine, ritual uses and household and industrial beverages. Despite the daily consumption only a few number of studies have been carried out and the species deserves a deepener bioprospecting activity, also in order to define a new Biotrade strategy for the Ecuadorian amazon region. This review summarizes the ethno pharmacological data and the researches concerning I.guayusa. Promising biological activities have been detected, especially as new source of antioxidant agents due to the presence of phenolic compounds. Also a preliminary study as antidiabetic natural product accounts for new researches.

Keywords

Ilex guayusa, Ecuadorian Amazon region, folk medicine, antioxidant, antidiabetic, Biotrade

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Radice, M.; Scalvenzi, L.; Sablón Cossio, N. Ilex guayusa: A systematic review of its Traditional Uses, Chemical Constituents, Biological Activities and Biotrade Opportunities. In Proceedings of the MOL2NET, International Conference on Multidisciplinary Sciences, 25 December 2016–25 January 2017; Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol. 2, 2016 ; doi:10.3390/mol2net-02-03868

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Matteo Radice
Matteo Radice was born in 1972 in Novara, Italy. He studied chemistry in Pavia, before going to the University of Ferrara, where he obtained his Ph.D. From 1998 to 2002 he was R&D Specialist into the cosmetic department of Rottapharm (ex Laboratori Guieu). Specialized on creation of baby care and body care product, long-term stability analysis and industrial process monitoring. Between 2002 and 2014 he was researcher and International Voluntary Worker for several international development projects, including the Prometeo Project of the Government of Ecuador. From 2015 became Professor of organic chemistry and pharmacognosy at the Amazonian State University of the Republic of Ecuador. His field of research includes herbal medicine bioactivity, natural product isolation and characterization, in particular on cosmetic raw materials based on plant extracts. He has a special interest in organic and fair trade natural products and their applications in pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations. Bio Trade, international development and scientific cooperation in Latin America are his fields of expertise, as well as technology transfer at companies, NGOs and local farmer level. He was consultant for Ecuadorian ministries involved in development projects in the Amazonian region of Ecuador. Institution: Universidad Estatal Amazónica, Ecuador Email: mradice@uea.edu.ec

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