Review Article

AYUSHDHARA | Year : 2014 | Volume : 1 | Issue : 2 | Page : 33-39

GERIATRIC HEALTH CARE THROUGH NUTRACEUTICALS OF MORINDA CITRIFOLIA L.: A REVIEW

Soni Pradeep1*, Indoriya G S2, Sharma Chakrapany3, Parashar Rahul4

*1Medical Officer, Govt. Ayurveda Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
2Principal, M.M.M. Govt. Ayurveda College, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
3Professor & HOD, Department of Dravyaguna, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Rajasthan Ayurved University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.
4Lecturer, Dept. of Swasthavritta, M.M.M. Govt. Ayurveda College, Udaipur, India.

ABSTRACT

Ageing (Jara) is a natural process and an inevitable phenomenon in life. Ageing not only brings about a continued generalized involution of the biosystem, it also predisposes in aged individual to set of diseases and disorder warranting special medical care. Problems of geriatric age group health problems are joint problems, impairment of special senses, cardio vascular disease, hypothermia, cancer, prostate enlargement, diabetes & accidental falls psychological problems. Noni is the common name for Morinda citrifolia L and is also called Indian Mulberry. Morinda species has been described in Ayurveda as the name of Akshiki phala, Ashyuka and also used in folk remedies by traditionally for over 2000 years, and is reported to have a broad range of therapeutic effects, including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antitumor, antihelmin, analgesic, hypotensive, anti-inflammatory, and immune enhancing effects. The aim of this study is to explore the importance of Morinda citrifolia to reveal the nutritional and medicinal value of the Noni plant, and to summarize scientific evidence that supports it geriatric health care through its neutraceuticals such as vit C, flavanoids, tannins and antioxidants.

Keywords:  Ageing, Jara, Morinda citrifolia L., Nutraceuticals, Noni, proxeronine, xeronine, cancer prevention, antioxidants, selective COX-2 inhibitor.

*Corresponding Address:
Dr. Pradeep Soni, Medical Officer, Govt. Ayurveda, Hospital, Intali (Mavli), Udaipur (Raj.), INDIA. Mob: +919414758052
Email: drpradeepsoni@gmail.com

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