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Phytochemistry and Functional Food: The Needs of Healthy Life

Suresh Kumar* and Veda Krishnan
Division of Biochemistry, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, , New Delhi, India
*Corresponding Author : Suresh Kumar, Division of Biochemistry, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012, India, Tel: +91 11 25842038, Fax: +91 11 2584 6420, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Nov 30, 2017 / Accepted Date: Dec 08, 2017 / Published Date: Dec 15, 2017

Abstract

Getting nutrients for the physical activities, growth, and maintenance of body from food is essential for all of the living organisms. Human being continues to increase its knowledge and understanding about the food and their role in maintaining and optimizing health. It is well-established now that intake of nutrients in appropriate quantity is essential for a healthy life. Certain nutrient becomes essential to be taken up under a particular deficiency condition or for a specific purpose/gain. However, for the benefits to be gained/validated or the claims to be made, a strong and reliable regulatory framework is required based on the scientific evidence. For the functional food to deliver its potential health benefits, the product must contain the ingredients in the quantity and form described in the health statements and claims. With the scientific and technological advancements in the fields of health and nutrition, increasingly more focus is directed toward personalized nutrition or nutrigenomics. Although increasing the availability of healthy foods has become a necessity in today’s world, the regulatory framework is needed to protect consumers’ right. Making the consumers aware of the health benefits of functional foods available in the market is critically important.

Keywords: Nutrigenomics; Phytochemistry; Balanced diets; Bioactive compounds; Flavonoids

Citation: Kumar S, Krishnan V (2017) Phytochemistry and Functional Food: The Needs of Healthy Life. J Phytochemistry Biochem 1: 103.

Copyright: © 2017 Kumar S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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