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Maximizing the Utilization of Nutraceutical Endowment of Rural Communities through Strategic and Functional Agricultural Research and Extension Services

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Author(s) Ifenkwe, G.E., Alocha, O.C
On Pages 325-337
Volume No. 4
Issue No. 9
Issue Date September, 2014
Publishing Date September, 2014
Keywords Nutrients, Functional foods, Species diversity, Food security, Orthodox medicine, Patent rights.


Abstract


This paper assessed the popularity and utilization of medicinal and nutritional products of plant origin in the south-east ecological zone of Nigeria. It classified some flora of African origin on the basis of their families; ascertained perception of value of these plants; identified constraints associated with use of these plant products; and recommend measures for promoting use of nutraceuticals. Secondary information sources were extensively reviewed. Findings showed a renewed interest in functional foods of plant origin in the study area. Respondentsí acceptance and regular use of nutraceuticals was found to be supported by traditional belief and its economic appeal; and constrained by such factors as practice being shrouded in secrecy, non-standardization of dosage, seasonality of the herbs, and poor keeping quality of concoctions, plnt extracts among others. The paper recommends focusing research and extension towards improving the efficacy and potency of the herbs, in order to drive and enhance nutraceutical uptake in rural communities in Nigeria.

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