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Clayton, Anthony
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UWI Centre for Environment and Development
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Nutraceuticals: The new opportunities for agriculture and agro-industries.
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Utilization of natural products in Developing Countries: Trends and needs edited by Ajai Mansingh, Ajai, Donald E Young, Donald E. , Trevor H.Yee, Rupija Delgoda, Dwight E. Robinson,Dwight E., Errol Y. Morrison, Henry I.Lowe.
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Kingston, Jamaica
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The Natural Products Institute, University of the West Indies
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2002
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41-46
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Abstract
Nutraceuticals and functional foods are new industries based on recent advances in medical science and improved understanding of human nutrition. There are several molecules (mostly derived from food plants) known as actives, which are now thought to be able to significantly improve health status. Many leading researchers in this field now believe that it should be possible to give a degree of protection against heart disease, stroke, dementia, osteoporosis and many types of cancer, for example, with a diet that contains elevated levels of these actives. These actives can be extracted from plants and given in medical formats (nutraceuticals) or used as food additives in standard food products (functional foods) as a cost-effective way of raising the health status and average life expectancy of a population. There are a number of oleoresins and other standardized plant extracts that Jamaica could be supplying to this new, rapidly expanding market. As both primary (growing) and secondary (oleoresin extractions) stages would be done in Jamaica, this would allow the capture of two value-added stages making it a particularly lucrative market opportunity.....
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