Environmental Contaminants and Medicinal Plants Action on Female Reproduction

Environmental Contaminants and Medicinal Plants Action on Female Reproduction

1st Edition - February 8, 2022

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  • Authors: Alexander Sirotkin, Adriana Kolesarova
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128242926
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323860123

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Environmental Contaminants and Medicinal Plants Action on Female Reproduction discusses the problem of environmental pollution, medicinal and food plants, and their impact on reproduction. The book describes the mechanisms of environmental contaminants' action, outlines the key causes of their harmful impact on reproduction, and explores what regulatory substances and processes should be targeted due to the negative effect of pollutants on reproduction. Furthermore, it describes the provenance, properties, physiological and therapeutic effects, and possible areas of application of the known medicinal and functional food plants and their constituents with a focus on female reproductive processes. This book will be a useful resource for reproductive biologists, specialists in assisted reproduction, animal production and phytotherapy, toxicologists, pharmacologists, pharmaceutical scientists, endocrinologists, medicinal and natural product chemists, nutritionists and others engaged in the study of environmental contaminants and medicinal and functional food plants.

Key Features

  • Discusses common environmental contaminants that affect female reproductive processes and the mechanisms of their effects
  • Covers plants and their active substances as potential protectives to environmental contaminants
  • Examines how medicinal plants affect female reproductive processes, the mechanisms of their effects, and what plant molecules are responsible for the positive effects


Toxicologists, pharmacologists, pharmaceutical scientists, medicinal and natural product chemists. Healthcare professionals - pharmacists, doctors, nurses; specialists in phytotherapy and naturopathy

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Female reproductive system and its regulation
  • 1.1. Introduction
  • 1.2. The ovary
  • 1.3. Fallopian tubes
  • 1.4. Uterus
  • 1.5. Extra- and intracellular regulators of female reproductive processes
  • 1.6. Some female reproductive disorders
  • 1.7. Conclusions and possible direction of future studies
  • Chapter 2. Environmental contaminants and their influence on health and female reproduction
  • Chapter 2.1. Heavy metals
  • Chapter 2.2. Mycotoxins
  • Chapter 2.3. The oil-related environmental contaminants
  • Chapter 2.4. Tobacco smoking
  • Chapter 3. Food/medicinal herbs and their influence on health and female reproduction
  • Chapter 3.1. Apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.)
  • Chapter 3.2. Black elder (Sambucus nigra L.)
  • Chapter 3.3. Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.)
  • Chapter 3.4. Buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum, L., Fagopyrum esculentum Moench)
  • Chapter 3.5. Curcuma/turmeric (Curcuma longa L., Curcuma zedoaria (Christm.) Roscoe)
  • Chapter 3.6. Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum L.)
  • Chapter 3.7. Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, L.)
  • Chapter 3.8. Grape (Vitis vinifera L.)
  • Chapter 3.9. Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.)
  • Chapter 3.10. Puncture vine (Tribulus terrestris L.)
  • Chapter 3.11. Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis (Burm.f.) R.Dahlgren)
  • Chapter 3.12. Tea (Camelia sinensis L.)
  • Chapter 3.13. Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus L.)
  • Chapter 4. Plant molecules and their influence on health and female reproduction
  • Chapter 4.1. Amygdalin
  • Chapter 4.2. Apigenin
  • Chapter 4.3. Berberine
  • Chapter 4.4. Capsaicin
  • Chapter 4.5. Daidzein
  • Chapter 4.6. Diosgenin
  • Chapter 4.7. Isoquercitrin
  • Chapter 4.8. Punicalagin
  • Chapter 4.9. Quercetin
  • Chapter 4.10. Resveratrol
  • Chapter 4.11. Rutin
  • Conclusion
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 436
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: February 8, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128242926
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323860123

About the Authors

Alexander Sirotkin

Alexander Sirotkin, PhD., DrSc. is a known specialist in biology of reproduction and leader in studies of some ovarian signaling substances and factors regulating female reproduction. He received his PhD degree at the University of Leningrad (USSR), PhD degree in the Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry (Leningrad, USSR) and DrSc degree in the Research Institute of Animal Production (Nitra, Slovakia). He worked as Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, Head of the Laboratory and Project Leader in the Research Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics (Leningrad-Pushkin, USSR), International Laboratory for Biotechnology (Nitra, Czechoslovakia), Research Institute of Animal Production/Animal Production Research Centre (Nitra, Slovakia) and Constantine the Philosopher University (Nitra, Slovakia) which is his current affiliation. His teaching activities included lectures at more than 10 universities and research centers, as well as the supervision of more than 60 undergraduate and PhD student works. He has more than 650 publications, mainly in international biomedical journals and several books including recent monograph “Regulators of Ovarian Functions” (Nova Science Pub Inc, 2014). He has been nominated for more than 10national and international awards for his work in the areas of biology and the endocrinology of reproduction.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Informatics, Slovakia

Adriana Kolesarova

Adriana Kolesárová, Ph.D is Vice-dean for Science, Research and Foreign Relations at the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra and a Professor at the Department of Animal Physiology. From 2019, she is the EIT Food Hub Coordinator in Slovak Republic (SR). She is the official representative of the SR in relation to European and international initiatives and programs approved by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of SR. She is a member of the scientific team of CeRA – Center of Animal Reproduction which contribut toes the knowledge of the regulatory mechanisms of animal ovarian functions, including humans, by the action of natural biologically active substances - phytonutrients with a health impact. In 2018, Dr. Competed in the L'Oreal - UNESCO FOR WOMEN submitting a Nutraceutics project – “Biological and biotechnological aspects of improving women's health” for which she was awarded honorable recognition. She is the author of 8 scientific and professional monographs, resp. chapters issued in domestic and international publishers, author of 4 book publications, university textbooks and textbooks and a total publications of more than 460. More than 500 citations including more than 360 in Web of Science and the SCOPUS database.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Slovakia

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