Saima Tehseen1*, Fatima Sarfraz1, Sidra-tul-Muntaha1, Naila Ateeq1, Faiza Ashfaq1, Iqra Yasmin2 and Tayyaba Mehmood1
1Department of Food Science and Technology, GC Women University Faisalabad, Pakistan
2Barani Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) Chakwal, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author: Saima Tehseen, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, GC Women University Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Received: September 29, 2020; Published: November 30, 2020
Foxnut (Euryale ferox Salisb.) commonly known as makhana is a flowering plant with gigantic and floating leaves. Foxnut is a highly-valued aquatic crop due to its high amount of carbohydrate, protein, ash, crude fiber, minerals and phytochemical content. Foxnut plant species can take part remarkably towards the betterment of human health, fight against hunger and providing traditional medicinal effects. Owing to their powerful medicinal properties, foxnut pops are used against many human disorders that affect the respiratory, circulatory, gastrointestinal, excretory and reproductive system. It is used as an important source of natural antioxidants with antidiabetic and antihyperlipidemic potential and used as food additives. The amino acids arginine and methionine are the creatine precursors that are necessary for beautiful skin nails and hairs. Creatine obtained from arginine and methionine plays a crucial part for healthy skin. It is used as a functional food for the treatment of diabetes and the alleviation of its complications. Euryale ferox Salisb seed reduces hyperglycemia that could be triggered by the release of insulin from the remnant. It contains low sodium and high potassium, which reduces blood pressure and contains very low levels of monosaturated fat that prevent blood sugar from rising. It has all the nutritional and potential health benefits necessary to be regarded as a super food.
Keywords: Foxnut; Antioxidant; Phytochemical; Therapeutic Effect; Anti-diabetic
Citation: Saima Tehseen., et al. “Foxnut (Euryale ferox Salisb.): A Health Promising Fruit". Acta Scientific Agriculture 4.12 (2020): 68-72.
Copyright: © 2020 Saima Tehseen., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.