Adverse effects on health posed by consumption of Areca nut (Areca catechu L., family: Palmaceae)

Md. Farid Hossain, Mustafa Anwar, Shaheen Akhtar, Sharker Md. Numan


This review paper discusses the impact of areca nut (Betel nut) on human health. Small pieces of betel nut are generally use with betel leaf after meals in a day or on any festival. Areca nut seed contains bioactive components like alkaloids and tannins. It is known as salivary stimulating, digestive agents and act as antimicrobial effect against oral bacteria.  Along with the few beneficial effects, it has some adverse effects on the human body. Need to enhance the awareness activities regarding the health concern due to consumption of areca nut.


Betel nut, Medicinal value, Health hazard, South East Asia

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