The role of tannins as antiulcer agents: a fluorescence-imaging based study

Daniel P. Demarque, Daniel R. Callejon, Gibson G. de Oliveira, Denise B. Silva, Carlos A. Carollo, Norberto P. Lopes
2018 Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia  
Condensed tannins have been used for many years in folk medicine to treat gastric problems. The mechanism of action that explains why tannins improve gastritis symptoms is based on their ability to chelate metals, antioxidant activity, and their complexation power with other molecules. Even though these uses are well-known, the requirements to become an herbal medicine are much more complex. Herein, we analyzed Stryphnodendron rotundifolium Mart., Fabaceae, extract using MALDI for tannin
more » ... I for tannin characterization and carried out a fluorescence-imaging study to prove the gastroprotective effects of tannins as coating agents. Through these methods we show that condensed tannins form a gastroprotective layer. Moreover, we revise and discuss other possible mechanisms of action for phenolic-rich plant extracts and their potential in the development of herbal medicines to treat ulcers and gastritis.
doi:10.1016/j.bjp.2018.03.011 fatcat:jzlx4c3g4bdvnjsp4zs4h32q6y