Nutraceuticals of Malaysia : Past, Present & Future

Author

ASSOC PROF DR FADZILAH ADIBAH ABD MAJID/ UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA

Language

English

Title

Nutraceuticals of Malaysia : Past, Present & Future

Proceeding

7th INTRACOM – 2nd ICBWI 2009

Date

24th July 2009

Place Held

PWTC, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

Nutraceutical is defined "a food (or part of a food) that provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and/or treatment of a disease” (Stephen DeFelice, 1989). The uses of food as health promoting elements are not new. Many traditional foods and food supplements are claimed to have medicinal and health benefits. However, little scientific evidences available to support the ‘petua’ or claims pass down from generation to generation. In this presentation, we explore the health secrets behind the special diets through case studies of a) Malay women during confinements and b) ‘ulam’ and delicacies in the Malay foods as part of nutraceutical elements in the past. Today, the demand for nutraceutical is rising. The motivation for transforming traditional foods as modern health supplements is due to global awareness on health issues and the potential wealth creation. The scientific evidences related to health benefits of some traditional foods are now available and the number is increasing. The conflict between traditional food products and modern life style requires innovation and fusion but without compromising the medicinal values. The challenges and development of new ingredients in health supplements are also being discussed in this presentation.

Keywords

Nutraceutical

Session

Symposium 2B (ICBWI)

Topic

Functional Food & Nutraceutical