Dynamism of Chanaka (Cicer aritienum Linn.) for Human Health: A Review

Kiran Vashisht, Vivek Thakur, Sanjeev Kumar, (doi: 10.23953/cloud.ijaayush.293)


Chanaka or Chick pea is an old world pulse and considered to be better than other pulses because of good source of carbohydrate and protein, and protein quality is considered to be better than other pulses. It has significant amount of all the essential amino acids. It is rich in unsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic and oleic acids. Beta-sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol are important sterol present in Chanaka. According to contemporary research based studies show that chick pea fiber source-lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and other lifestyle disorders. Ancient lexicons say that it is the best among all grams and advocates its use on daily basis. Review on Chanaka (Cicer arietinum Linn.) was collected from Kosha, Nighantus and data search on the basis of their synonyms and pharmacological properties. This review throws light on some of the important aspect of Chanaka as an effective health promoter as well as its uses in various lifestyle disorders, which will be more valuable for future researchers and practitioners.


Ayurveda; Bengal gram; Cardiovascular disease; Health; Lifestyle disorders

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