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Curative substances have been found in a widespread honey plant

Tomsk phytochemists together with their colleagues from the University of Bangkok have found useful substances — ecdysteroids — in a plant called saw-wart, which grows widely in Russia.
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Ecdysteroids are steroid hormones of molting and metamorphosis of insects and crustaceans, but since animals can not synthesize these substances themselves, they get them from plants. Moreover, ecdysteroids possess adaptogenic, immunostimulating, hepatoprotective effect and are capable of inhibiting the growth of sarcoma cells.

Saw-wart (Serratula) is a genus of perennial plants of the family of Asteraceae. It grows widely in Eurasia and is also found in the United States. Various species of the plant are used in traditional medicine as anti-inflammatory, astringent, choleretic and antiemetic agent.

The seeds of saw-wart were analysed using high-performance liquid chromatography, NMR and mass spectrometry and the analysis showed that they contain ecdysteroids. Phytogenic steroid substances can be used to create medicines, the scientists believe.

The findings are published in the International Journal of Food and Biosystems Engineering.

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