NUTRACEUTICAL: CONTEMPORARY & ANCIENT VIEW
Keywords:Nutraceutical, Ayurveda, Shaka Varga
Background: According to Ayurveda, Ahara (food), Nidra (Sleep), and Bramhacharya (Celibacy) are considered as “Traya Upastamba” (three subpillars). Among these three subpillars, Ahara (food) is mentioned foremost suggesting its importance in our day-to-day life. But consumption of unhealthy food, sedentary lifestyle and living habits leads to the diseased condition. Here comes the role of nutraceuticals to prevent, control or combat such disease condition. Nutraceutical is defined as: “Food, or parts of a food, that provide medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. There is growing interest in Nutraceuticals in current era which provide health benefits and is good alternative to modern supplements/medicine. Nutraceutical products has made firm position in market as it is unlikely to cause any side-effects. The global nutraceuticals market was estimated at US$ 498.86 billion in 2021 and is expected to hit US$ 1025 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 8.33% during the estimate period 2022 to 2030. Aim & objectives: To explore the various kind of Dravya mentioned in Shaka Varga of Raja Nighantu that can be taken under the title of nutraceuticals for prevention as well as treatment purpose. Materials & methods: Detailed review from Ayurvedic literatures, previous modern and Ayurved research articles. Results: Various kind of Dravya mentioned in the Shaka Varga can be included in nutraceutical products/ food. Conclusion: Various Dravya are indicated in different medical conditions in Ayurved. These Dravyas along with their nutritional properties synergically can be more beneficial to consumers when used as nutraceutical products/ food.
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