A review of nutritional properties and health benefits of Physalis species

Shenstone, E., Lippman, Z., Van Eck, J. (September 2020) A review of nutritional properties and health benefits of Physalis species. Plant Foods Hum Nutr, 75 (3). pp. 316-325. ISSN 0921-9668

URL: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32385801/
DOI: 10.1007/s11130-020-00821-3


The Physalis genus of the Solanaceae family is home to many edible food crops including tomatillo, goldenberry, and groundcherry. These Physalis members have garnered more attention as consumer interest in novel fruits and vegetables has increased because of increasing awareness of the health benefits of eating a diverse diet. As a result of this interest, several preliminary studies were conducted of these Physalis to evaluate their nutritional and chemical profiles associated with health benefits. Results showed these crops contain many essential minerals and vitamins, notably potassium and immune system supporting Vitamin C, also known for its antioxidant activity. Beyond nutritional properties, these crops also contain a class of steroidal lactones called withanolides, which have been recognized for their antitumor, and antinflammatory properties. In some studies, withanolide extract from Physalis species have exhibited cytotoxicity towards cancers cells. Overall, this review focuses on the nutritional and physiochemical properties of tomatillo, goldenberry, and groundcherry and how they relate to human health.

Item Type: Paper
Additional Information: 1573-9104 Shenstone, Esperanza Lippman, Zach Van Eck, Joyce Journal Article Review Netherlands Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2020 Sep;75(3):316-325. doi: 10.1007/s11130-020-00821-3.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ascorbic Acid Crops, Agricultural Fruit Humans *Physalis *Withanolides Functional food Goldenberry Groundcherry Health Nutrition Physalis Tomatillo
Subjects: organism description > plant behavior
organism description > plant behavior > crop yield improvement
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Communities: CSHL labs > Lippman lab
Depositing User: Matthew Dunn
Date: September 2020
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2020 19:41
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2024 18:31
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URI: https://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/39759

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