Cocos Nucifera: Itís Pharmacological Activities

Author : Arya Venugopal, Rinu K. A, Dhanish Joseph

Coconut, Cocos nucifera L., is a tree that is cultivated for its multiple utilities, mainly for its nutritional and medicinal values. Coconuts are exotic, edible fruits produced in coconut trees. The coconut tree is a kind of palm tree with a single straight trunk and has been used for many purposes since prehistoric times. Every part has a use, including the fruits, wood, and leaves. Because of this, the trees are widely cultivated in many places in South India for both commercial and home use. From the coconut tree several products are obtained including coconut, tender coconut water, coconut toddy, coconut shell and so on. Itís all parts are used. It is a unique source of various nutrients, and so it has many pharmacological activities including anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti- neoplastic, anti- diabetic etc. The coconut water and coconut kernel contain various micronutrients which is used for disease prevention and for maintain good health. And this current review describes about the nutrient facts and several pharmacological activities of Cocos nucifera.

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