Plant name: Calendula officinalis L. 


Active constituents: triterpenoids, lutein, Beta Carotene, and Lycopene 


Medicinal properties: 

  • C. officinalis triterpenoids are considered as the most important anti-inflammatory principles of the extract  
  • Widely used in traditional medicines as an anti-inflammatory agent and has been reported to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral activities 
  • Lutein possess chemopreventive potential 
  • B-carotene has been reported to quench reactive oxygen species 
  • Lycopene reduces transcript levels of proinflammatory cytokines.  
Anti-inflammatory activity through free radical scavenging and inhibition of mediators of inflammation especially cytokines and prostaglandins