Chemical Constituents of Asparagus

Pharmacognosy Reviews,2010,4,8,215-220.
Published:October 2010
Type:Short Review
Author(s) affiliations:

J. S. Negi, P. Singh, G. P. Joshi, M. S. Rawat, V. K. Bisht1

1Department of Chemistry, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, Garhwal-246174, Uttarakhand, India

2Herbal Research and Development Institute, Gopeshwar, Chamoli-246401, Uttarakhand, India


Asparagus species (family Liliaceae) are medicinal plants of temperate Himalayas. They possess a variety of biological properties, such as being antioxidants, immunostimulants, anti-inflammatory, antihepatotoxic, antibacterial, antioxytocic and reproductive agents. The article briefly reviews the isolated chemical constituents and the biological activities of the plant species. The structural formula of isolated compounds and their distribution in the species studied are also given.