• Enrique Ruiz Reyes Universidad Técnica de Manabí
  • Juan Manuel Moreira Castro Universidad Técnica de Manabí


En este artículo se realiza una revisión de los principales metabolitos secundarios que se encuentran en las familias de plantas medicinales Lamiaceae, Asteraceae, Plantaginaceae, Rutaceae, Zingiberaceae, Fabaceae, Poaceae. En ellas se encuentran una variedad de flavonoides que contribuyen a la actividad antioxidante, la cual juega un papel importante en el tratamiento de las enfermedades gastrointestinales. Además, se hace una breve revisión de los estudios etnobotánicos de plantas medicinales publicados en el Ecuador.

Palabras clave: Plantas medicinales, desórdenes gastrointestinales, metabolitos secundarios, flavonoides, actividad antioxidante.



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