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Plants for Immunity

R K Behl (Author) Pravin Kumar Sharma (Author)

Contents: Part I: Vision. 1. Global Trends to Improve Human Health (2022-2052): Plant Molecular Farming and Edible Plant-Based Vaccines/Manfred J.  Kern. 2. Immunity Enhancing Potential from a Vegetarian Food Guide Perspective/Seedhabadee Ganeshan, Rishi K.  Behl and Ravindra N.  Chibbar. Part II: Field Crops. 3. Nutritional and Health Benefits of Soybean to Human Immunity/Chen Heng, Zhang Qiuying and Liu Xiaobing. 4. Colored Wheat Possessing Bioactive Compounds for Immunity and Health/Harsh Chaurasia and Om Parkash Bishnoi. 5. Nutri-Cereals for Human Health and Nutrition/Pummy Kumari, Akshitha N. Y.  Ravika, D. S.  Phogat, S.  K.  Pahuja, Satpal and Annu Dahiya. 6. Pearl millet: A Nutri-Cereal for Human Health/Asha Kawatra and Tanvi Bansal. Part III: Medicinal Plants. 7. Native to Ukraine Plants with Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant and Antiviral Activities/Nadiia Matvieieva and Taisa Bohdanovych. 8. Prospects for the Use of Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium) for Medicinal Purposes/V.  Kamkin, A.  Kamarova and B.  Shalabayev. 9. Ashwagandha an Immunity Booster Medicinal Plant/R.  K.  Arya, R.  K.  Behl, Ganesh K.  Koli, Ravi Kumar and Sunil Kumar. 10. Mulethi: A Potential Medicinal Plant for Health Benefits and Immunity/Ganesh K.  Koli, R.  K.  Arya and Pawan Kumar. 11. Artemisia: A Immunomodulator Plant with Phytochemicals of Therapeutic Value/Manju Sharma, Machiavelli Singh, and R.  K.  Behl. 12. Holy Basil: An Elixir of Life and its Health Benefit/Vivek Kumar Srivastava, Ashish Shukla, Ritesh Kumar and P. K.  Upadhyaya. 13. Eclipta alba (L. ) Hassk: An Important Medicinal Plant for Immunity and Health/Diwakar Aggarwal, Vasudha Datta and Raj Singh. Part IV: Spices and Condiments. 14. Curcumin and Cancer: An Overview/Nupur Potukuchi, Simranpreet Kaur and Inam Sapkota. 15. Heeng (Ferula assa-foetida): An Immunomodulator Plant/Ravi Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Ramesh, Satbeer Singh and Sanatsujat Singh. 16. Ginger: A Spice with Medicinal Properties/Hament Thakur and Navjot Singh Brar. Part V: Vegetables, Fruits, Shrubs and Trees. 17. Perspectives of Helianthus tuberosus for Medicinal and Others Purposes/A.  Kussainov, V.  Kamkin and S.  Abeuov. 18. Water Spinach for Health and Nutrition/Seema Sonkar and K.  W-Giorgis. 19. Fenugreek: A Common Food Ingredient with Pharmacological Properties/Suresh Kumar Badhania and Samta Khatkar. 20. Amaranth: A Potential Immunity Booster Plant for Human Health/Pooja, Pravin Kumar Sharma, Virender Singh Pahil and Rishi Kumar Behl. 21. Garlic for Health and Immunity/Makhan Majoka and Monika Khichi. 22. Onion for Health and Immunity/Anushree Gade, Vartika Verma and Nidhi Srivastava. 23. The Strawberry: Immunomodulator Fruit with Beneficial Effects on Human Health/Vikas Kumar Sharma, Anil Kumar Godara and Pravin Kumar Sharma. 24. Seabuckthorn: An Immunomodulator Fruit Plant of Cold Deserts/M. K.  Rana, Bunty Sharma and Ujjawal Sharma. 25. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume): A High Value Herb for Boosting Immunity/Twahira Begum and Mohan Lal. 26. Acacia nilotica as Immunity Enhancer Tree Spices/Elhadi Morzog, Inam Sapkota and Salih Ahmed Nurain. 27. Moringa olifera: Potential Tree Species with Health Benefits/Tanvi Bansal, Asha Kawatra and Sanjay. Part VI: Special Food Sources. 28. Human Edible Protein of Plants and Animals/Gerhard Flachowsky. 29. Mushrooms for Health Benefits as Immunity Booster/Krishna Ray, M. K. Rana and V. S. Pahil. 


The human health is determined by a blend of genetic, epigenetic, environmental, nutritional and psychological factors. Resistance to viruses and other bacterial and fungal diseases is governed by the genetic makeup of individual human beings and intake of plant foods which have immunomodulatory effects due to their bioactive compounds. Hippocrates rightly said that “let food be the medicine and medicine be the food”. Since ages the herbal extracts are given to patient suffering from various ailments or disorders in Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Chinese and other health care systems globally. Immunity booster plants from among foods, vegetables, fruits, medicinal and aromatic and forestry species possessing vitamins like A, B6, B12, C, D and E as well as mineral nutrients like Zinc, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, Chromium, Selenium and bioactive compounds like Anthocyanin, Carotenoids, Phenols, Flavonoids etc. These compounds act as antioxidants which absorb the radical oxygen in human body and thus avoid their harmful effects. Therefore, it is pertinent to identify strong immunity booster or immunity modulators plants for their use in pandemic situation like Covid-19.  Use of vegetables, fruits, spices, medicinal and herbal and forestry species as food or their decoctions as drink are known to help immunity boosting for human health. However, their industrial formulations would pay dividend towards health care systems because of their regular availability. This book titled as “Plants for Immunity” cover such aspects. The book chapters are resolved into various sections like vision papers; field crops; medicinal plants; spices and condiments; vegetables, fruits, shrubs and trees; special food sources. Hope this book will serve useful purpose to health and agriculture experts, research scholars and

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About the author

R K Behl

Dr. R. K. Behl, serving as Professor of Plant Breeding at CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India, secured first position in B.Sc Agriculture and M.Sc Plant Breeding, has been editor in chief of Annals of Biology for more than two decades, Associate Editor of Annals of Agri Bio Research, editorial board member of Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science (Germany), International Advisory Board Member of Tropics (Japan), Associate Editor, Cereal Research Communication (Hungary), J Associate Editor, South Pacific Journal of Natural Science (Fiji), Sr. Editor, Journal of Basic Microbiology, (Germany), has about 200 publications in international and national journals and 20 edited books, has 31 years teaching and research experience in plant breeding, has been awarded Bharat Ratna C Subhramaniyam award for Out Standing Teachers by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, honorary DAAD Advisor by German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn, Germany, has been founder Secretary of Society for Sustainable Agriculture and Resource management (SSARM), India and International Foundation for Sustainable Development in Africa and Asia (IFSDAA), Germany, participated and organized several international conferences in India and abroad, has been associated with the development of plant material with specifically useful traits for stress tolerance and plant microbe interactions in wheat.

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Title Plants for Immunity
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.05.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 9789394380011
length 422p.