CHIA SEED IN HEALTH AND DISEASE PREVENTION: PRESENT USAGE AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVESAbstract
Salvia hispanica L. Well known as chia is gaining popularity day by day due to its nutritional value. This plant is native to Mexico, belonging to family Labiatae / Laminacea, and it was used as a superfood from ancient times. Chia is valued more due to its oil content as it consists of omega -3-alpha linolenic acid in higher amount along with various types of other nutrients, e.g., proteins, dietary fibers, antioxidants, etc. which is very beneficial to keep a person healthy and also it helps in prevention of many diseases like CVS, diabetes, obesity cancer and also it gives strength to our immune system. In the past few decades, we have noticed a certain growth in the market value of chia, and it is increasing day by day, not in a particular area or region but around the whole globe. In this paper, we have discussed all the important characteristics of chia (from its morphological characters to its pharmacological properties along with nutritional values and its today’s marketing value) by collecting different kinds of literature and surveys.
D. Pal * and K. Raj
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya (A Central University), Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India.
13 September 2019
24 February 2020
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01 September 2020