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Nutraceuticals
Cassia Occidentalis - Ayuverdic Remedy
Belonging to the genus Cassia, the Cassia occidentalis or Coffee Senna is a herb with medicinal properties. In Hindi, it is commonly referred to as Kasundi. (2) It is a perennial plant that grows in tropical and temperate climates. Extracts of the Cassia herb have purgative, cathartic and antibiotic properties. Its role in traditional medicine...
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ASTAXANTHIN – A rich Anti-oxidant
Astaxanthin is a chemical compound found naturally in certain plants and animals. (1) It has a characteristic reddish colour and is part of a group of micronutrients called carotenoids. Carotenoids are pigmented phytochemicals found in plenty of plants, bacteria, algae, and others, responsible for the bright orange, red and yellow colours primarily in vegetables, fruits,...
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Capsaicin is a compound derived from peppers known for its prevalent use in pain-relieving medication. It is instrumental in addressing a certain type of pain recognised as neuralgia. Neuralgia is felt as shooting or burning pain in the nerves. It is characterised by pain that occurs from the nerves near the skin surface. Capsaicin provides...
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Lycopene is a natural pigment that can be found in a variety of foods including tomatoes, watermelons, and grapefruits. It’s a carotenoid, which are natural pigments that give plants, fruits, and vegetables their colour. As a red carotenoid, lycopene is widely found in red and pink fruits and vegetables. It’s known as one of the...
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Milk Thistle, commonly referred to as Silymarin as well as Doodh Patra in Hindi, is a herb native to the Mediterranean region that was later transported to North America by early colonists. Being host to a plethora of health benefits, Ayurveda acknowledges its medicinal value in treating liver disorders viz chronic inflammation, fatty liver disease...
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‘Citrus aurantium’ or more commonly known as Bitter orange or Seville orange, is a citrus fruit native to Southeast Asia. Bitter orange extract contains an active ingredient called p-synephrine, that is used to make various dietary supplements that help with weight loss, skin care and brain health. (1)  In 2004, supplements containing ‘p-synephrine extracts’ were banned...
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The term ‘Beta Carotene’ is derived from the Greek words ‘beta’ and ‘carota’ (carrot). In 1831, H. Wachenroder crystallised beta carotene from carrot roots and coined the term “carotene”. Beta-carotene (-carotene) is a precursor of vitamin A, which is an important vitamin for cellular health and eyesight for people of all ages. Vitamin A is...
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Stevia is a natural sweetener and sugar substitute derived from the leaves of the plant species Stevia Rebaudiana, a native to Brazil and Paraguay. It is now even grown in Japan and China. The active compounds in this product are steviol glycosides (mainly stevioside and rebaudioside), which have 30 to 150 times the sweetness of sugar. They are heat-stable, pH-stable and not fermentable. The body does not metabolize the glycosides...
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Since time immemorial, mankind has made medicines from the extracts of natural substances. In 1989, Dr. Stephen L. DeFelice, founder and chairman of the Foundation of Innovative Medicine at New Jersey in the U.S.A., coined the term ‘Nutraceuticals’ which refers to a combination of nutrition and pharmaceutical. With the development of dietary supplements and the...
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