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International Journal of Fundamental and Applied Sciences

Antioxidant and nutraceutical potential of bamboo: an overview


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Year 2014 Vol 3 Issue 1
Document Type : Review Article
1Arvind Kumar Goyal 2 Birendra Kumar Brahma
1Bamboo Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Bodoland University, Kokrajhar- 783370, B.T.A. D, Assam, India
2Bamboo Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Bodoland University, Kokrajhar- 783370, B.T.A. D, Assam, India
Abstract
The mention of the traditional use of bamboo in Asian medicine dates back to the 6th century. Today people are switching over the use of herbal medicine instead of the synthetic drugs and bamboo, the ‘Green gold’ has voluminous nutraceutical properties and thus forms a core ingredient for research in many laboratory. Scientists from round the globe are exploring bamboo for establishing its pharmacological mechanism and also record the individual constituents responsible for it. This review summarizes published information on the historical uses, nutritional composition of various parts together with the antioxidative potential and the possible role and mechanism of action of these phytochemical components with regards to the antimicrobial, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, anti-fatigue, anti-lipidemic effect along with effects on the cardiovascular diseases of this ‘Green gold’.



Keywords
Anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, bamboo, nutraceutical, phytochemical
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