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Health Benefits of Punicic Acid: A Review

Aruna, P and Venkataramanamma, D. and Alok Kumar, Singh and Singh, R. P. (2016) Health Benefits of Punicic Acid: A Review. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, 15 (1). pp. 16-27.

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Abstract

Punicic acid (PA) is a polyunsaturated fatty acid (18:3 n-5), which is classified as a conjugated linolenic acid. PA is also referred as a "super CLnA" whose effect is even more potent than that of an ordinary CLnA. It is found mainly in the seeds of pomegranate fruit (Punica granatum) and Trichoxanthes kirilowii and some other minor sources. It possesses a wide array of biological properties including antidiabetic, antiobesity, antiproliferative, and anticarcinogenic activity against various forms of cancer. In spite of this, PA has not been explored as a nutraceutical or as an ingredient of food products which can be aimed at specific consumer target groups. This review details the various health-beneficial properties of PA and explores the possibilities of its utilization as an active ingredient in various food products.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: conjugated linolenic acid, eleostearic acid, pomegranate seed oil, punicic acid
Subjects: 500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics > 04 Chemistry and Allied Sciences > 17 Fatty Acid Chemistry
600 Technology > 08 Food technology > 24 Fruits
Divisions: Dept. of Biochemistry
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 09:51
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2016 08:25
URI: http://ir.cftri.com/id/eprint/12111

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