Harnessing the Significance of Natural Products for Diseases and Beyond

Abiodun Falodun
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, P.M.B. 1154, Benin City, Nigeria.
Corresponding Author's Email: [email protected]
ABSTRACT

Globally, the use of natural products for the management of diseases, as food supplements and nutraceuticals is as old as mankind. The significance of natural products for medicine and health has been extensively explored over the ages. Our forefathers greatly relied on natural products for their basic healthcare needs, as the sole means in the treatment and prevention of infections. The World Health Organization supports the use of natural products provided they are proven to be efficacious and safe. The renewed interest in natural product research is due to among other things to aid in the discovery of novel and new metabolites as remedies against cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, tropical diseases and infections, presently ravaging mankind. Other possible reasons include the emergence of more virulent diseases and the development of resistance to existing drugs, reduced side and adverse effects of drugs. The availability and affordability of natural products seem to be one of the major reasons for its widespread use and applications. Natural product research is a specialty in biological and chemical sciences which requires state- of -the art and conventional techniques in the discovery and development of new drugs, pesticides, and other chemicals for safe utility. A combined effort of pharmacologist, microbiologist, pharmaceutical chemists, biologist, clinicians, plant and animal scientists, natural product chemists etc. is required to achieve meaningful and comprehensive research in natural products. With the advancement in science, some basic techniques and tools are employed to enhance Natural Products Research.

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