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


  • Md. Farid Hossain School of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bangladesh Open University, Gazipur-1705
  • Mustafa Anwar Department of Surgery, Ibn Sina Medical College and Hospital, Dhaka
  • Shaheen Akhtar Department of Community Medicine, Shahabuddin Medical College and Hospital, Dhaka
  • Sharker Md. Numan School of Science and Technology, Bangladesh Open University, Gazipur-1705



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


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.


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How to Cite

Hossain, M. F., Anwar, M., Akhtar, S., & Numan, S. M. (2017). Adverse effects on health posed by consumption of Areca nut (Areca catechu L., family: Palmaceae). International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 2(4), 357–360.



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