Potential socio-economic value-added therapeutic food from nutmeg fruit


Abstract:
At the present time, people are more concerned about the food that demands extra health benefits. Therefore, value-added functional foods have come forth, which play an important role among the people. Due to the entry of these functional foods in the market, the health practises among the people have improved and they have resulted in prevention of health related diseases too. Nutmeg is commonly known as Myristica fragrans, which produces two spices, namely nutmeg and mace. It is the native to Banda Islands of eastern Indonesia called as the Spice Islands. It contains therapeutic values and acts as antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant and anticancer agent. It mainly meets the problems faced by the malnourished people by contributing the pharmacological values. This article reviews about the potential benefits of nutmeg and possible ways to consider it as a value-added food, as it proves to be beneficial to the society in nutritional and pharmacological aspects. Such potential socio-economic food would definitely help to improve the health of an individual by fighting against the diseases.

Keywords:
Myristica fragrans; Anti-inflammatory; Antimicrobial; Anticonvulsant; Antioxidant; Phytochemical

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How to cite this article:
Jeethu Joseph, Dorathy Pushparani, Baskar V, Sakthivel K. Potential socio-economic value-added therapeutic food from nutmeg fruit. Journal of Biological and Information Sciences. 2013. 2 (2). 13-15.
Available from: http://archive.biolim.org/jbis/read/BOJ001A0019.