a1 School of Studies in Chemistry, Jiwaji University, Gwalior 474011, M.P., India
a2 College of Advance Studies, Datia, Madhya Pradhesh, India
a3 National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
a4 School of Studies in Biotechnology, Jiwaji University, Gwalior 474011, M.P., India
The use of herbal remedies individually or in combination with standard medicines has been used in various medical treatises for the cure of different diseases. Pumpkin is one of the well-known edible plants and has substantial medicinal properties due to the presence of unique natural edible substances. It contains several phyto-constituents belonging to the categories of alkaloids, flavonoids, and palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids. Various important medicinal properties including anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and others have been well documented. The purpose of the present article is to discuss various medicinal and biological potentials of pumpkin that can impart further research developments with this plant for human health benefits.
Abbreviations: MAP, myeloid antimicrobial peptide; MW, molecular weight