Phytosomes: Magnifying Power of Herbal Extract- An Systematic Overview | Abstract

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Technology and Innovation (ajpti)

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Phytosomes: Magnifying Power of Herbal Extract- An Systematic Overview


Ashwini S.Dhase, Somishwar S.Khadbadi, Shweta S.Saboo,

In the recent days, most of the prevailing diseases and nutritional disorders are treated with natural medicines. Several plant extracts and phyto constituents, despite having excellent bioactivity in vitro demonstrate less or no in vivo actions due to their poor lipid solubility or improper molecular size or both, resulting in poor absorption and bioavailability. So, much work has been directed towards the development of new concept in herbal delivery system i.e., phytosomes which are better absorbed, utilized and as a result produce better results than conventional herbal extracts. Phytosomes often known as herbosomes. The term phyto means plant while some means celllike. Phytosomes are little cell like structure. Phytosome is composed of phospholipids, mainly phosphatidylcholine, producing a lipid compatible molecular complex with other constituents. Phytosomal complexes were first investigated for cosmetic applications. But phytosome process was developed and patented by Indena, a leading supplier of nutraceutical ingredients like milk thistle, ginkgo biloba, grape seed, green tea, hawthorn, ginseng etc. Phytosomes are superior to liposomes due to complex formation ratio of component and phospholipids is 2:1 and 1:1 respectively, much better absorption and stability profile. Development of phytosomes is at the budding stages in India and abroad. It has a lot of potential in the field of medicine, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. *Email [email protected] Key-words: phytosomes, indena, herbosomes

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