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Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Volume 2018, Article ID 3957262, 9 pages
Review Article

An Overview on the Anti-inflammatory Potential and Antioxidant Profile of Eugenol

1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, 58051-970 João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
2Department of Biomedicine, University Center INTA-UNINTA, 62050-130 Sobral, Ceará, Brazil
3Laboratory of Pharmacology of Inflammation and Gastrointestinal Disorders-LAFIDG, Federal University of Piauí, Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil

Correspondence should be addressed to Damião Pergentino de Sousa; rb.moc.oohay@asuosed_oaimad

Received 6 July 2018; Accepted 3 October 2018; Published 22 October 2018

Guest Editor: Anderson J. Teodoro

Copyright © 2018 Joice Nascimento Barboza et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The bioactive compounds found in foods and medicinal plants are attractive molecules for the development of new drugs with action against several diseases, such as those associated with inflammatory processes, which are commonly related to oxidative stress. Many of these compounds have an appreciable inhibitory effect on oxidative stress and inflammatory response, and may contribute in a preventive way to improve the quality of life through the use of a diet rich in these compounds. Eugenol is a natural compound that has several pharmacological activities, action on the redox status, and applications in the food and pharmaceutical industry. Considering the importance of this compound, the present review discusses its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, demonstrating its mechanisms of action and therapeutic potential for the treatment of inflammatory diseases.