Evaluation of Environmental Contaminants and Natural Products: A Human Health Perspective

Evaluation of Environmental Contaminants and Natural Products: A Human Health Perspective

Unbridled urbanization and development of natural land resources has led to the degradation of our surrounding environment. The air that we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat is at risk ...
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Potential Health Benefits of Nutraceuticals for Human Health

Pp. 193-209 (17)

Sandeep Kaur, Manish Kumar, Kritika Pandit, Ajay Kumar and Satwinderjeet Kaur

Abstract

Nutraceuticals or functional food plays a key role in curbing the inception and etiology of several degenerative diseases and acts as a medicinal food with least side effects in comparison to other therapeutic agents and thereby successfully implemented in modern drug discovery. Global nutraceutical market was expected to rise by 67 billion US dollars approximately in 2016 which indicated surging demand for functional foods worldwide. The major nutraceuticals market includes supplements/medications, foods and functional beverages that provide mental acuity, energy and immunity of the individuals. This review focuses on the novel strategies that implemented the use of nutraceuticals for preventing and treating the diseases/disorders by avoiding unhealthy food and promoting the consumption of foods that go beyond basic nutrition. In the present review, we demonstrate the role of nutraceuticals in modulating certain physiological and pathophysiological processes which are involved in the development of human acute and chronic diseases.

Keywords:

Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, Chronic Diseases, Chronic Mild Stress, Cancer, Flowers, Fruits, Functional Foods, Human Health, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, High Fat Diet, Medicinal Plants, Multi-Drug Resistant, Natural Sources, Nutraceuticals, Phytoconstituents, Protective Factors, Therapeutic Agents.

Affiliation:

Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar- 143005, Punjab, India.