The role of bioactive compounds from dietary spices in the management of metabolic syndrome: An overview

Dana Hasan Alkhatib, Abdul Jaleel, Maryam Naveed Muhammad Tariq, Jack Feehan, Vasso Apostolopoulos, Leila Cheikh Ismail, Lily Stojanovska, Ayesha S. Al Dhaheri

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Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a combination of physiologically dysregulated parameters that can include elevated fasting blood glucose, high blood pressure, central obesity, increased triglyceride levels, insulin resistance, diabetes, elevated low density lipoprotein levels, and reduced high density lipoprotein levels in the blood. Effective clinical management of MetS is critical as it is strongly associated with long lasting and fatal complications in patients. Alongside standard care of lifestyle changes and medication, dietary supplements derived from herbal resources could be an alternative therapeutic strategy that is safe, efficient, culturally acceptable, and has few side effects. Of the dietary supplements, spicy foods have always been considered a great source of functional bioactive compounds. Herbal therapy is broadly used in many countries as a treatment or as a preventive measure in the management of MetS risk factors, including blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipid levels. Herein, an attempt is made to evaluate the recent studies in the management of MetS with herbal alternatives, and to explore the possibility of their use as therapeutic treatments or supplements.

Original languageEnglish
Article number175
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Bioactive compounds
  • Diet therapy
  • Herbal therapy
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Natural products

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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