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African bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina Delile) - a medicinal and nutritional wonder of family Asteraceae


Vernonia amygdalina Delile is an important plant species well-known for its medicinal as well as nutritional values. Various phytochemical studies proved that, the plant contains many bioactive compounds of different pharmacological properties, proteins, fats, fibres, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, etc. Considerable disagreement prevails in the placement of this species under the genus Gymnanthemum Cass. instead of Vernonia Schreb. This paper thus reviews the scientific knowledge on its medicinal as well as nutritional values and future prospective.


Bioactive Compounds, Vernonia amygdalina, Leafy Vegetable, Medicinal.



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