Importance of Secondary Metabolites in Plants


Liam Peter*

The vast and versatile pharmacological impacts of medicinal plants are essentially reliant upon their phytochemical constituents. In general, the phytochemical constituents of plants are categorized under two classifications dependent on their part in essential metabolic cycles, specifically primary and secondary metabolites. Primary plant metabolites are associated with fundamental life functions; hence, they are more or less similar in every living cell. Then again, secondary plant metabolites are results of subsidiary pathways. The therapeutic impact of herbals or medicinal plants is oriented towards the secondary plant metabolites. Secondary plant metabolites assumed a significant part in alleviating several aliments in the traditional medication and folk uses.

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