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Review Article

Raphanus sativus (Radish): Their Chemistry and Biology

Laboratorio de Investigación de Productos Naturales, Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Química e Industrias extractivas IPN, México D.F., Mexico

Received 22 January 2004; Revised 14 August 2004; Accepted 18 August 2004

Academic Editor: Joseph Chamberlain

Copyright © 2004 Rosa Martha Perez Gutierrez and Rosalinda Lule Perez.


Leaves and roots of Raphanus sativus have been used in various parts of the world to treat cancer and as antimicrobial and antiviral agents. The phytochemistry and pharmacology of this radish is reviewed. The structures of the compounds isolated and identified are listed and aspects of their chemistry and pharmacology are discussed. The compounds are grouped according to structural classes.