Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol 23, Feb 2017 Suppl. Issue; Page No.(113-118)

FRUITS AS NUTRACEUTICALS

Disket Dolkar, Parshant Bakshi, V.K. Wali, Vikas Sharma and Rafiq Ahmad Shah

Abstract

The interest in nutraceuticals continues to grow, powered by progressive research efforts to identify properties and potential applications of nutraceutical substances, and coupled with public interest and consumer demand. The principal reasons for the growth of the nutraceuticals food market are current population and health trends. Across the globe, populations are aging. Life expectancy continues to rise, as does the contribution made by older individuals to the total population. People can optimize the healthpromoting capabilities of their diet by consuming foods that have been formulated or fortified to include health-promoting factors. Fruits contain various beneficial compounds that possess biological activities and can be used as pharmaceutical nutraceutical products. Most of the fruits contain polyphenolic components that can promote antioxidant potential on human health. Additionally, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and chemopreventive effects are associated with the various fruits. Besides polyphenols, other compounds such as xanthones, carotenoids, saponins also exhibit health effects.

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