International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 5, Part J (2016)
Efficacy of ashwagandha Sunnundalu as a nutritional supplement for Anganwadi (ICDS) children
Under nutrition is a type of malnutrition arises due to the intake of less food than what is required for proper growth, maintenance and development of the body. Ashwagandha has been used since ages for strengthening the immune system and protects the body from the on slaughter of disease and infection. Various studies indicate that this herb notably increases the white blood cells count and helps safeguard the body against cold and flu and other infections. Ashwagandha is known to exhibit energy boosting properties and rejuvenates the body, particularly after a persistent illness. These properties of Ashwagandha are beneficial to undernourished children who are also affected by repeated infections due to poor living conditions.
The ICDS as a nationwide program me provides a package of service for children. In implementation there are several short comings mostly related to gaps in input delivery which lead to problems in quality and acceptability of nutritional supplements. This creates a need to supplement and improve the nutritional status of children by making use of current knowledge and research evidence such as health foods, value added foods. Keeping the above facts in view a study was conducted on “Efficacy of Ashwagandha Sunnundalu as a Nutritional supplement for preschool age children”. The sample comprised of Fifty five boys and Thirty five girls and the total sample size was Ninety. The sample were divided into three groups of which one is experimental group and two groups were control groups (1 and 2). Though the period of supplementation was only for a month (30 days) the trend in the experimental group is observable and measurable. The results of the study indicated that the Ashwagandha Sunnundalu is effective as a nutritional supplement and is also well accepted by the Anganwadi children.
How to cite this article:
D Sarada, A Punitha. Efficacy of ashwagandha Sunnundalu as a nutritional supplement for Anganwadi (ICDS) children. Int J Appl Res 2016;2(5):660-665.