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Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur , UGC and CEC via Swayam


The online course on Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is a 4 credit course of 15 weeks duration. This online course deals with health promoting nutritional factors and bioactive constituents, their potential health implications and mechanisms of action. This course is a part of the approved curriculum and is being taught in Indian Universities for one semester in Masters in Food Science and Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics and Applied Nutrition. After studying this online course, the student shall be able to describe what are functional foods and nutraceuticals, classify the functional foods, discuss the potential health implications and mechanism of functional foods and discuss the applications of functional foods in the industry. The pre-requisites of this course is, the student must be enrolled for Masters degree in Food Science and Nutrition or Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics or Applied Nutrition from Indian Universities. The course shall cover five units viz., ‘Introduction to Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals ,Probiotics, Prebiotics, Other Food Components with Potential Health Benefits and Non Nutrient Effect of Specific Nutrients’. These five units shall be covered in 40 modules and every week two to three modules shall be taught. The final evaluation and credit award of the student shall be based on formative assessments and assignments of 30 marks and summative assessment through online exams of 70 marks.



Week 1Introduction to Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals :Definition, History and ClassificationPerceived Effects of Functional Foods
Week 2Introduction to Probiotics,Prebiotics and SynbioticsProbiotics: Taxonomy and Important Features of Probiotic MicroorganismsHealth Effects of Probiotic Microorganisms
Week 3Probiotics in Various FoodsQuality Assurance of Probiotics and Safety
Week 4Prebiotics: Non Digestible Carbohydrates/ Oligosaccharides,Prebiotics: Dietary Fiber
Week 5Prebiotics: Resistant StarchPrebiotics: Gums
Week 6Polyphenols: Flavonoids, Catechins, Isoflavones, Tannins
Week 7Phytoestrogens, Phytosterols, Glucosinolates
Week 8Pigments: Carotenoids, Lycopene, Curcumin
Week 9Organosulphur CompoundsIntroduction to Anti-nutritional Factors, Phytates
Week 10Enzymes, Protease inhibitors, Amylase inhibitors
Week 11Saponins, Haemagglutinins,An introduction to Active Biodynamic Principles in Spices, Condiments and Plant extracts
Week 12Resveratrol, Kaempferol, Quercetin, Cinnamaldehyde, Crocin, Lutoline
Week 13Capsaicin, Piperine, Gingerol, Eugenol, Rosmarinic acid, Apigenine, Thymoquinone
Week 14Fenugreek and DiosgeninNon Nutrient Effect of Specific Nutrients: Conjugated Linoleic Acid, Omega 3 Fatty acids

Week 15
Proteins and Peptides, Vitamins and Minerals

Taught by

Dr. Rekha Sharma

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    nice course , i came to know some facts about foods , as i am studying foods and nutrition , i already know about some foods and nutrients within them and also the functional foods . since i had an assignment on nutraceuticals , i came to see this interesting course and i also recommended to my dear friends . so thanks to the course holders to preach this wonderful and exciting course for all students around world.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The course is covering entire nook and corner in connection with the subject line functional foods and neutraceuticals. The most positive is the detailing of course content through videos and notes. The notes are prepared by taking utmost care and it is easy to understand. The key points are repeating at many times so that a concentrated reading is sufficient enough to understand the content well. The way in which course videos are prepared is commendable. It is far better than other MOOCs offered by different agencies. Hats-off to the entire team behind the execution.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is very informative.when I started this course I got an idea of this course.Really I got vast knowledge of Functional foods and Neutraceuticals.DR.Rekha Sharma,Principal investigator with her team organised the course very nicely.Notes are...
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    Anu Anusha
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    Thank you for such a wonderful cource without any problems mam.
    The best online platform in this pandemic year. To learn something different knowledge . And this certificates are very useful to get job very easily and the type of employment like that. And UGC issues guidelines regarding online courses, allows universities to offer 40% Semester courses on SWAYAM this one of the useful message about SWAYAM...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    One of my friend sent the link related to the course. I am very thankful to her and the course organisers for making available this beautiful course online. I am an academician and this course has helped me to gain more knowledge related to the subject. The contents of the course are rich in information, language, presentation and audiovisuals.
    A big thanks to Ministry of Human Resourse Development.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I had taken a general course in nutrition from another university last year.
    I like this course because i learned a lot about specific foods, pre and probiotic foods and how to include all those nutraceuticals in our diet.
    The course content is very good. Lot of effort has been taken to prepare the material. I have not come across 'functional foods and nutraceuticals ' course any where else
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thank you so much for such a systematic explanation about Nutraceuticals . Hard work is done to collect information, preparing videos and quizzes. Work of organizing committee is highly appreciated. Really benefited with this content not only in profession but also in personal life. This content upgrade the knowledge as well helpful to keep us healthy. Thank you once again to all who are directly or indirectly involved in this process.
  • Anonymous
    This course is very Informative and useful for us .Really I got vast knowledge on Functional foods and Neutraceuticals .Dr.Rekha Sharma , principal investigator, with her team organised the course very nicely .I will definitely suggest my classmates and friends to complete this type of knowledgeable courses.
    Once again thanks a lot to providing great opportunity to complete this course .
    S. Venkata Anusha
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    X.SELVA DEEPA completed this course.

    Very informative course which I have not known and learn. This course purely emphasis that there are n number of chemical properties, components are exist in food and nutraceuticals
    After I read the module it push me recognize the components in foods which I use in my day- to -day life. Also it's not quite easiest lesson to recall the points because it has so many points to memorize. Thank you somuch for the teachers team
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course is very informative.Easily understood.videos with tabulations /presentation are excellent.The course is helpful for the persons related to health care and advisors and ultimately useful for the mass.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Very nice course. I am an Asst. Professor in college. This course helped me to increase my knowledge about functional foods & nutraceuticals, also helps us how we can include these materials in our diet. Good usable information about pro and prebiotics, Nice videos, presentations. Appreciable work by the lecturers and team.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It is very informative and beneficial for students. Classes are taken well and clarity of the content is perfect. The study materials are there for each module so that we can learn what have been taught. The practice assignments, graded assessment and subjective assessment helps to revise for final exam. The MCQ are very selective and simple. The course is really excellent.
  • Shruthi P

    Shruthi P is taking this course right now.

    This course had helped me a lot to learn in detail about Nutraceuticals and functional foods. The video sessions are very informative and along with that they provide an E text and other links which helps to gain a lot of knowledge. The assignments helps to learn things fast. The practice assignments are also helpful. Look forward for more courses like this...
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    Mohammed Talib

    Mohammed Talib completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it.

    it is upto date teaching. It is nicely explained by each subject expert.Each module is simple to undertand.Prof. Rekha Sharma couse co ordinator is simply was thing of pleasure to learn from prof p n shastri madam , my mentor and guide in ertswhile and Mtech At LIT .Thanks to each one and all.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Wonderful course.Excellent teaching material.Enjoyed learning after a long time as a student.Thank u team and specially Dr Rekha madam for your valuable guidance.
    Most favorite part of this course is to solve assessments to cross check our learnings.
    Thank u so much Dr Rekha madam .. Waiting many more .
    Thanks and Regards
    Mrs Pradnya M Bagalkote
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    Amir Voice Tamil

    Amir Voice Tamil is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    I am Amirudeen assistant professor of Tamil department from trichy, Tamil Nadu. I like to learn new area, that time I joined this course. This course wonderful and amazing experience for me. Day by day learning new thoughts and matters. I like to say shortly feedback about this course " very super"
  • Anonymous
    This coures is very informative. I gain so much knowledge about food and nutrition wich is very helpful for our daily routine Rekha mam, and other lectureer are very exllent I must suggest this coures for my friends . Thankfull to mam for taking this course

    Dipali Itankar

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course Functional foods and Neutraceuticals covered a variety of foods and their health benefit to the humans. This knowledge I am applying for my family to make them healthy.
    In this regard I thank Swayam for introducing such free online courses, so that every one can participate and gain knowledge.
    Dr.T.Saritha Jyostna
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Good morning one and all I am amirudeen, assistant professor from Jamal Mohamed college Trichy Tamil Nadu. This program is very useful.Knowing the nutritious foods we use in our daily lives.This program is essential to our healthy lifestyle.
    Thank u mam thank you swayam.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It's really very good and module is also very simple Thank you Swayam, Nagpur University along with big thank you and Congratulations to MHRD Government of India for this wonderful initiative as very good for a proffesional like me.

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