Bamboo Shoots Can Be Among Cheapest Immunity Boosters

  • The tallest grass on earth at its smallest could be among the cheapest immunity boosters for increasing the human body’s resistance to viral attacks.
  • Focus of experts from 11 countries who converged digitally to mark ‘World Bamboo Day’ was on the nutraceutical bamboo shoot.
  • The term ‘nutraceutical’ is used to describe medicinally or nutritionally functional foods while bamboo shoots are the edible sprouts of the perennial grass.
  • The protein content in fresh bamboo shoots, considered as nutraceutical, can range between 1.49-4.04%.
  • They also contain 17 amino acids, eight of which are essential for the human body.
  • Bamboo has been a key ingredient in new antimicrobial soaps and hand mists developed by Filipino scientists to fight the novel coronavirus.
  • According to the National Bamboo Mission, India has the highest area (13.96 million hectares) under bamboo and is the second richest country after China in terms of bamboo diversity with 136 species.