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Lesser known nutraceutical plants of Bermo sub-division of Damodar basin area of Jharkhand State

Suma Lata Singh, H. P. Sharma*, Ajit Kumar Rawal & Kanak
University Departiment of  Botany, Ranchi University, Ranchi
Received 17 January, 2009; Revised 5th March, 2009

Abstract : The present paper deals with the nutraceutical plant resources of Bermo sub-division of Damodar basin area. Such plants which meets both nutritional and health security come under the category of nutraceutical terminology. Vegetables play an important role in food and nutritional security for our population. In addition to carbohydrates, proteins and fats it also supplements the minerals and vitamins requirement of the body. Of the large numbers of vegetables only 20-25 species are in common use whereas other vegetables are either not known to the urban society or one feels inferiority to consume lesser- known vegetables because it is considered poor’s diet. The basin area is inhabited by different ethnic groups, who still lead a simple life, generally forest dwellers, very close to nature and derive their requirements from natural resources. They consume large number of lesser- known vegetables which ensures nutritional, health and remedial measures.
However, these plant genetic resources and the cultural heritage of the tribes are under various degrees of threats due to rapid modernization. It is therefore, imperative to document the existing information on nutritional and herbal therapy of the plant resources to popularize their consumption in urban society and evolve strategies to generate employment in neglected society and conserve these valuable genetic resources, before it is too late. In the present paper 25 plant species of nutraceutical properties are described.


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