Ananas comosus peel waste, a novel substrate of therapeutic potential: Evidences and prospects
Ananas comosus (Pineapple) is one of the most important edible fruit in the world. Around 75-80% of the pineapple gets discarded as by products, which are produced from crown; core and peel. Whereas 30-35% alone accounts to peel. This agricultural waste is thrown causing environmental damage. However, the A. comosus peel constitutes a number of natural bioactive compounds such as flavonoids, phenols, terpenoids, saponin, carotenoids, lignin, coumarins, ascorbic acid, gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin, myricetin, salicylic acid, ferulic acid etc. That is responsible for possessing enormous medicinal and therapeutic values like antimicrobial, antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycaemic, hypocholestrolemic, anticarcinogenic, antihypertensive, along with excellent pre-biotic potential. Its major applications is noted at the industrial level for the formulation of nutritionally enriched wine, vinegar, biscuits, gummy candies, nanoparticles, and many other products.
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