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Saponins

Saponins What are saponins? Saponins are a secondary plant metabolite class known as amphipathic glycosides, with diverse biological application found in various plant species.  Amphipathic means that these compounds are both hydrophilic and hydrophobic.  Specifically, a saponin compound is moiety made of a hydrophilic glycoside and hydrophobic sapogenins (or aglycone).  When mixed into a aqueous solution, amphipathic glycosides exhibit surfactant properties due to the water soluble glycoside and fat soluble sapogenin.  This gives saponins their Read more…