Review of Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin) its Phytochemistry and Pharmacology
Rosa Martha Perez Gutierrez*
Laboratorio de Investigación de Productos Naturales, Escuela Superior de Ingenieria Quimica e Industrias extractivas IPN. Av. Instituto Politécnico Nacional S/N, Unidad Profesional Adolfo Lopez Mateos cp 07708, Mexico
- *Corresponding Author:
- Rosa Martha Perez Gutierrez
Laboratorio de Investigación de Productos Naturales
Escuela Superior de Ingenieria Quimica
e Industrias extractivas IPN. Av.
Instituto Politécnico Nacional S/N
Unidad Profesional Adolfo Lopez Mateos cp 07708, Mexico
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: December 28, 2015; Accepted date: January 10, 2016; Published date: January 15, 2016
Citation: Perez Gutierrez RM (2016) Review of Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin) its Phytochemistry and Pharmacology. Med chem 6:012-021. doi:10.4172/2161-0444.1000316
Copyright: © 2016 Perez Gutierrez RM. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Cucurbita pepo, is widely used like food and in folk medicine around of the world. This aims a comprehensive of the pharmacological, chemical constituents, and clinical uses. Also have been identified the medicinally important phyto-constituents belonging mainly to cucurbitosides, multiflorane-type triterpenoids, carotenoids, ent-kauranetype diterpene, and cucurbitaglycosides. Extracts and metabolites of this plant, particularly those from seeds and fruits possess useful pharmacological activities. A survey of the literature shows C. pepo, is mainly known for its improvement in prostatic hiperplasia (BPH), urinary dysfunction and cytotoxic properties, also has also been used extensively as a hypoglycaemic agent. Many pharmacological studies have demonstrated hepatoprotection, inhibit benign prostatic hiperplasia, antioxidant, anticancer, antimicrobial, antiinflamatory, antidiabetic, and antiulcer activities supporting its traditional uses.