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Journal of Food Science and Technology

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 173–183 | Cite as

Role of nutraceuticals in human health

  • Lipi Das
  • Eshani Bhaumik
  • Utpal Raychaudhuri
  • Runu ChakrabortyEmail author
Original Article

Abstract

Nutraceutical is the hybrid of ‘nutrition’ and ‘pharmaceutical’. Nutraceuticals, in broad, are food or part of food playing a significant role in modifying and maintaining normal physiological function that maintains healthy human beings. The principal reasons for the growth of the nutraceutical market worldwide are the current population and the health trends. The food products used as nutraceuticals can be categorized as dietary fibre, prebiotics, probiotics, polyunsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and other different types of herbal/ natural foods. These nutraceuticals help in combating some of the major health problems of the century such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, cholesterol etc. In whole, ‘nutraceutical’ has lead to the new era of medicine and health, in which the food industry has become a research oriented sector.

Keywords

Dietary fiber Probiotics Prebiotics Polyphenols Spices Human diet 

Notes

Acknowledgement

This research work is financially supported by the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS I) programme under University Grants Commission (UGC), India.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lipi Das
    • 1
  • Eshani Bhaumik
    • 1
  • Utpal Raychaudhuri
    • 1
  • Runu Chakraborty
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Food Technology and Biochemical EngineeringJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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