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Alternative to Artificial Preservatives

PV Kamala Kumari, S Akhila, Y Srinivasa Rao and B. Rama Devi.

Abstract
Preservatives are the substances that prolong the shelf life of food,
cosmetics and pharmaceuticals by preventing their spoilage. Antimicrobials
such as nitrites, nitrates, benzoates and sulfur dioxide destroy or delay
the growth of microorganisms. Anti-oxidants such as Butylated Hydroxy
Toluene (BHT), Butylated Hydroxy Anisole (BHA), and propyl gallate act by
preventing the oxidation of substances that slow or stop the breakdown
of fats and oils. Anti-enzymatic preservatives such as citric acid block
the enzymatic processes occurring in foodstuffs even after harvest.
Natural substances like salt, sugar, vinegar and spices have been used as
preservatives since time immemorial. The majority of preservatives used
today are artificial rather than natural. Several of them are toxic and several
others have potentially life-threatening side effects. Artificial preservatives
can cause serious health hazards such as hypersensitivity, allergy, asthma,
hyperactivity, neurological damage and cancer. Research has proven that
several natural preservatives obtained from plants, animals, microbes and
minerals contain antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti -enzymatic properties.
Extracts of basil, clove, neem and rosemary are promising alternatives
to their artificial counterparts. This article aims at increasing awareness
about the harmful effects of artificial preservatives and recommends the
usage of natural preservatives for better therapeutic efficacy, safety and
preservation of substances along with improved general health.

Key words: preservatives, anti- microbial, antioxidant, anti-enzymatic, hypersensitivity, carcinogenic.


 
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PV Kamala Kumari, S Akhila, Y Srinivasa Rao and B. Rama Devi. Alternative to Artificial Preservatives. SRP. 2019; 10(1): 99-102. doi:10.5530/srp.2019.1.17


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PV Kamala Kumari, S Akhila, Y Srinivasa Rao and B. Rama Devi. Alternative to Artificial Preservatives. SRP. 2019; 10(1): 99-102. doi:10.5530/srp.2019.1.17



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PV Kamala Kumari, S Akhila, Y Srinivasa Rao and B. Rama Devi. Alternative to Artificial Preservatives. SRP. (2019), [cited June 01, 2020]; 10(1): 99-102. doi:10.5530/srp.2019.1.17



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PV Kamala Kumari, S Akhila, Y Srinivasa Rao and B. Rama Devi (2019) Alternative to Artificial Preservatives. SRP, 10 (1), 99-102. doi:10.5530/srp.2019.1.17



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PV Kamala Kumari, S Akhila, Y Srinivasa Rao and B. Rama Devi. 2019. Alternative to Artificial Preservatives. Systematic Reviews in Pharmacy, 10 (1), 99-102. doi:10.5530/srp.2019.1.17



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PV Kamala Kumari, S Akhila, Y Srinivasa Rao and B. Rama Devi. "Alternative to Artificial Preservatives." Systematic Reviews in Pharmacy 10 (2019), 99-102. doi:10.5530/srp.2019.1.17



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PV Kamala Kumari, S Akhila, Y Srinivasa Rao and B. Rama Devi. "Alternative to Artificial Preservatives." Systematic Reviews in Pharmacy 10.1 (2019), 99-102. Print. doi:10.5530/srp.2019.1.17



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PV Kamala Kumari, S Akhila, Y Srinivasa Rao and B. Rama Devi (2019) Alternative to Artificial Preservatives. Systematic Reviews in Pharmacy, 10 (1), 99-102. doi:10.5530/srp.2019.1.17





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