Nutraceuticals – New Ray of Hope against Viral Fever Dengue

Dengue fever is a virus-caused disease that is spread by Aedes mosquitoes. Dengue fever begins with a sudden high fever, often as high as 105°F (40.5°C), 4 to 7 days after the infection. Dengue fever can result in a decrease in white blood cell and platelet counts. The normal platelet count in the body ranges from 150000 to 450000.  Sometimes it reduces less than 40,000 in the case of dengue patients. The warning signs of dengue are red rashes on the body, fatigue, headache, joint aches, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting, swollen lymph nodes, cough and sore throat.

There is no specific antiviral medicines are available which prevents complications in dengue. Only symptomatic treatment of dengue is available in market such as Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) is used to treat a high grade fever. Fluids are given if there are signs of dehydration. Some cases require platelet infusions and fluid management. Dengue haemorrhagic fever, if untreated, has a mortality rate of 10-20%. 

Concept of Nutraceuticals/Herbal medicines which are ‘New Ray of Hope’ in today’s world.

Kiwi, Papaya and Dragon fruits are known as renowned nutritious fruits which serve as food, cooking aid, and ethnomedicine to prevent and treat wide-range of diseases and disorders. These fruits are rich in Potassium and Vitamin C which increases platelet count very rapidly. They are naturally gifted medicine for the disorder such as dengue.

Kiwi: It contain good amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, along with Potassium to balance the body’s electrolytes and limiting hypertension and high blood pressure. The Iron in kiwifruit is especially for the formation of healthy red blood cells and building immunity against disease.

Papaya: The chymopapain and papain extracts of the leaves are useful in the treatment of digestive disorders. The fruit juice and leaf extract have colossal amount of medicinal properties including anticancer, antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, nephroprotective, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects, and anti-sickling effect in sickle cell anemia. The ripe fruit has been used to treat ringworm, whereas the green fruit has been used to lower blood pressure and an aphrodisiac in nature.

Dragon fruit: It boosts haemoglobin. Higher amount of Vitamin C present in this fruit increases cellular immunity and prevents dengue hemorrhagic fever. It is also healthy for the bones and prevents the dangers of free radicals, because of its high antioxidant properties. Apart from this, dragon fruit offers powerful antioxidants, phytonutrients, lycopene, high fiber, phosphorus and iron content, owing to this it increase health and wellness of human being.

NovoBliss Research not only researching on these God gifted things (Nutraceuticals) but also promotes health awareness campaigns to increase health values of our community.