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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 106-109

Mint (pudina) can change your vision!

Department of Rasashastra, Vaageshwari Ayurvedic College, Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Manjiri Ranade
D - 101, Doctors Quarters, Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagnur, Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh - 505 417
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-019X.114726

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Background : Vitamin A deficiency is a major cause of preventable blindness in India. Aims, Materials and Methods: This study was initially performed to assess prevalence of vitamin A deficiency in a rural village. After data analysis, extremely low levels of vitamin A deficiency disorder was found lower than national average. To know the exact reasons, the initial prevalence study was converted into pilot study, and another phase was added, which included assessment of the dietary habits of population with food frequency questionnaire. To rule out bias, another control population sample was taken on a random sample basis. Results: The dietary habits of the people showed high intake of mint in the particular area, as that area was a major producer of mint. Conclusion: We conclude from this study that simple changes in diet can lead to significant reduction in disease burden, without adding cost.

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