NUTRIENTS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR HUMAN HEALTH
Fertilising Crops to Improve Human Health | Part 02
Research shows that fruits and vegetables are critical to disease prevention and promotion of good health. Fertilisers have generally been used to increase crop yields and improve crop quality, however in the last decade, increased attention
Based on Extracts from ‘Fertilizer Applications and Nutraceutical Content in Health-Functional Foods’ by Moustapha Oke and Gopinadhan Paliyath.

Main Message

Research shows that fruits and vegetables are critical to disease prevention and promotion of good health.

Fertilisers have generally been used to increase crop yields and improve crop quality, however in the last decade, increased attention has been given to the use of fertilisers for enhancing nutraceutical content.

Consumers are increasingly interested in the health benefits of foods and have begun to look beyond just the basics of their food’s nutritional benefits. Functional foods and nutraceuticals provide an opportunity for agriculture to improve health, reduce health care costs and support economic development. They also offer a way for some producers to diversify their current agricultural outputs.

The global functional food and nutraceutical market is growing at a rate that is outpacing the traditional processed food market.

Key Points

  • Research shows that fruits and vegetables are critical to disease prevention and promotion of good health.
  • Fertilisers are important for human nutrition through their direct effect on producing healthy plants for food and through indirect effects of altering the nutraceuticals and other anti-aging and disease preventing compounds in plants.
  • Fertiliser effects on nutraceuticals in plants include such effects as anthocyanin content of apples, carotenoid content of tomato and grapefruit, glucosinolates in Brassicas, and isoflavones in soybean.
  • Functional foods and nutraceuticals provide an opportunity to improve health, reduce health care costs and support economic development.

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Complete Scientific Review Extracts are:

From: Fertilizer Applications and Nutraceutical Content in Health-Functional Foods by Moustapha Oke and Gopinadhan Paliyath, Chapter 7, Fertilizing Crops to Improve Human Health: A Scientific Review, October 2012 (ISBN: 978-0-9834988-0-3).

Fertilizing Crops to Improve Human Health: A Scientific Review, is a joint publication by the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) and the International Fertiliser Industry Association (IFA).

Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of nutrients and phytochemicals. A growing body of research shows that fruits and vegetables are critical to disease prevention and promotion of good health. With an increasing consumer interest in healthy food, there is a need to improve the content of phytochemical and nutraceutical components in crop products.

Fertilizers have been generally used to increase crop yields and improve crop quality. In the last decade, increased attention has been given to the use of fertilizers for enhancing nutraceutical content. The objective of this review is to summarize the effects of plant mineral nutrition on functional food components and nutraceuticals in crop products.

Consumers are increasingly interested in the health benefits of foods and have begun to look beyond the basic nutritional benefits of food to disease prevention and health-enhancing compounds contained in many foods. This, combined with a more widespread understanding of how diet and lifestyle affect disease development and health-care costs, has created a market for functional foods and natural health products. Functional foods and nutraceuticals provide an opportunity to improve health, reduce health care costs and support economic development. They also offer a way for some producers to diversify their agriculture and marine-based resources. The global functional food and nutraceutical market is growing at a rate that is outpacing the traditional processed
food market.

While fertilizers are mainly used for their primary purpose of increasing yield and improved quality, more emphasis is being given to increase nutraceuticals in foods. An increasing amount of research is being conducted to investigate the effects of various fertilizers on nutraceuticals such as lycopene, isoflavone, flavonoids, and organosulphur compounds.

Fertilizer effects on nutraceuticals in plants include anthocyanin content of apples, carotenoid content of tomato, and grapefruit, glucosinolates in Brassica, and isoflavones in soybean. The plasticity of plant responses has made conclusive demonstrations of fertilizer effects difficult, as soil pH, season, moisture level, temperature, cultivars, and type of fertilizer can strongly influence outcomes. The increasing and aging global population underscores the need for fertilizer and a more tailored approach to optimize plant nutrition effects on key nutraceuticals and functional foods to prevent chronic disease and maintain good health.

Fertilizers are important for human nutrition through their direct effect on producing healthy plants for food and through indirect effects of altering the nutraceuticals and other anti-aging and disease preventing compounds in plants.