Iranian Asafoetida Medical Exports. Asafoetida is composed of approximately 4% to 20% volatile oil, 40% to 60% resin, and 25% gum. The most striking features of the gum are its putrid odor and bitter, acrid taste caused by organic, sulfur-containing compounds found in the essential oil. Isolated sulfur compounds include disulfides (eg, asadisulfide, symmetric tri- and tetrasulfides). Several sesquiterpene coumarins have been identified, including assafoetidnol A and B, hydroxyumbelliumprenin, asafoetidin, and saradaferin.
Characteristically, the plant also contains glucuronic acid, galactose, arabinose, and rhamnose. Pinene, cadinene, and vanillin are found in the oil and umbelliferone, and asaresinotannol, foetidin, kamolonol, and ferulic acid are found in the resin. In addition, asafetida contains a number of terpenes and lipid-soluble substances that have not been well characterized. Caffeic acid cinnamyl ester with inhibitory actions on nitric oxide production and sesquiterpene dienones with cytotoxic activity have been identified.
Asafetida is a potent antioxidant, and ferulic acid, a component of the resin, has shown promise as a chemopreventive agent, suggesting that asafetida may offer some protection against carcinogenesis. In vitro studies have shown some cytotoxicity against lymphoma ascites, tumor cells, and human lymphocytes.
Protection against the mutagenicity induced by aflatoxin B 1 has also been demonstrated; however, this effect was only evident against one strain of Salmonella typhimurium and was less than that observed with tumeric and garlic. The mechanism through which asafetida exerts its antitumor activity is unclear. Hypotheses include interception of free radicals, inhibition of natural killer cells, induction of enzymes such as glutathione S-transferase and quinone reductase, and inhibition of polyamine and DNA biosynthesis.
Asafoetida as Hing:
Asafoetida that is also called as Hing in India is one of the best spices to treat Vata digestive disorders by increasing ‘agni’ or the ‘digestive fire’. It is used for flatulence (expulsion of gas from stomach as well as eases retention of wind/gas), indigestion, bloating, reduce bloating, colic pain and reduces digestive stagnation.
In Ayurveda disease process starts when Ama or toxins are accumulating in the body; hing reduces toxins in the body. Asafoetida/Hing enhances appetite by rekindling digestive fire and increases production of HCl. Hing also eases regular bowel movement and improves nutrient uptake from food. Hing is used to combat dry coughs, asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, and pneumonia. Research shows positive results towards treating influenza. Reduces cardiac pain and improves circulation as a stimulant.
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