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Title: Nourishing and healing prowess of garden cress (Lepidium sativum Linn.)- A review
Authors: Sharma, Sheel
Agarwal, Nidhi
Keywords: Protein;Galactogogue;Aphrodisiac;Diuretic;Hypoglycemic;Glucosinolate
Issue Date: Sep-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: A61K 36/00, A61P 3/02, A61P 3/10
Abstract: Garden cress has been considered as an important medicinal plant since the Vedic era. In Ayurveda, it is described as hot, bitter, galactogogue and aphrodisiac and claimed to destroy Vata (air) and Kapha (phlegm). In Unani system of medicine, seeds and leaves of this plant have been reported to possess diuretic, aperient and aphrodisiac properties and are recommended in inflammation, bronchitis, rheumatism and muscular pain. It is also reported to be useful in the treatment of asthma, cough and bleeding piles. The plant is also reported to possess antihemogglutinating, hypoglycemic, antihypertensive, diuretic and fracture healing properties. Garden cress (Lepidium sativum Linn.) seeds have a rich amount of protein to the extent of 25% and fat (16%). Its bran has a high water holding capacity due to high dietary fibre content (74.3%). In human quest for relieving the masses from the scourge of low nutritional status through non-conventional scarcely explored foodstuffs, some food products have been developed incorporating garden cress which not only support their nutritional status but also have a refreshing and rejuvenating effect.
Page(s): 292-297
ISSN: 0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJNPR Vol.2(3) [September 2011]

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