mucilages


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mucilages (myōōˑ·si·lˑ·jz),

n.pl plant polysaccharide compounds that readily absorb water, becoming viscid and gelatinous. They are traditionally used as demulcents and laxatives and also provide a source of soluble fiber.
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Clinical studies have proven the association between the presence of mucilage polysaccharides (Rhamnogalacturonan) and formation of physical connection to mucin and tissue stimulation.
Gums and mucilages were observed only in root, stem and leaf based callus extracts.
Okra mucilage is composed of acidic polysaccharides mixed with proteins.
The fruit mucilage is usually used to replace blood plasma (Benjamin et al.
Several studies investigating described that salinity significantly affected on mucilage content [22].
Now, due to warmer temperatures, the mucilages are forming in winter too-and lasting for months.
This combination let us extend our analysis of mucilages and lectins to a considerable number of species (112 accessions, belonging to 90 taxa) where these compounds have not been described before and also provided additional confirmatory evidence regarding genera studied in previous work (Fernandez-Alonso et al.
1 mm for barley), root and organism mucilages, and water (drier soil increasing hair length and soil adhesion, Watt et al.
Nabhan hypothesizes that the abundance of gums and mucilages in desert plants evolved to serve a life-sustaining botanical function: slowing the loss of water from seeds, seedlings and succulent tissues threatened by a harsh and unpredictable climate.
As a health food, psyllium belongs to a group of soluble fibers, including gums, pectins, and mucilages, that show cholesterol-lowering effects when added to patients' diets.
An overall examination of the results obtained suggests that the lack of myxocarpy in Lepechinia, Hyptis, Stachys and Scutellaria genera is generalised and rarely species are found where mucilage is present It is worth noting that, as far as we know, no studies have been done into the chemical structure or properties of these mucilages and given their abundance and ease of obtaining them in some species, particularly from the Salvia genus, it would be interesting to approach this field given the applications for this type of polysaccharide.