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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 47-53

Nutraceuticals and their medicinal importance

1 Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University of Technology Tiruchirappalli, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Pharmaceutics, Periyar College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Life Sciences, School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, International Medical University, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Sakthivel Lakshmana Prabu
Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University of Technology-Tiruchirappalli, Tiruchirappalli - 620 024, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.101661

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Lifestyles of human beings have changed drastically due to the industrial age, increasing work, living speed, longer work schedules, and various psychological pressures, which have led to an increased incidence of diabetes, obesity, various cancers and vascular diseases. With recent advances in medical and nutrition sciences, natural products and health-promoting foods have received extensive attention in the public. To achieve better quality of life, people started eating more vegetables, fruits, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, phytotherapeutical substances and other plant foods. The demand for nutraceuticals and phytonutrients has increased over the past few years and they are being used by people for various therapeutic outcomes. This article brings out the importance of nutraceuticals and their usage in various diseases and ailments.

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