Nutraceuticals, Vitamins & Dietary Supplements

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Nutraceuticals are products, which other than nutrition are also used as medicine. nutraceuticals are natural foods, including antioxidants, dietary supplements, fortified dairy products, and citrus fruits, and vitamins, minerals, herbals, milk, and cereals.
New medicines are harder to find and more expensive and risky to develop than ever before,
At present, consumers may try dietary supplements for many indications believing them to be safer than synthetic substances, and this presumption of safety is erroneous.

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Nowadays, nutraceuticals have received considerable interest due to potential nutritional, safety and therapeutic effects..

Nutraceuticals covers most of the therapeutics areas such as anti-arthritic, cold and cough, sleeping disorders, digestion and prevention of certain cancers, osteoporosis, blood pressure, cholesterol control, pain killers, depression and diabetes

What is Nutraceuticals ?

A nutraceutical or 'bioceutical' is a pharmaceutical alternative which claims physiological benefits

The term nutraceuticals was originally coined by Dr. Stephen L. DeFelice, founder and chairman of the Foundation of Innovation and Medicine in New Jersey in the 5th. From the terms "nutrition" and "pharmaceuticals".

Nutraceuticals are specialty foods made from natural and herbal sources that supplement the human body's essential nutrients and help treat or prevent disease.

Classification of Nutraceuticals

Nutraceuticals are an alternative to drugs for the treatment or prevention of diseases, which claim physiological benefits.

A potential nutraceutical could become an established one only after efficient clinical data of its health and medical benefits are obtained. It is to be noted that much of the nutraceutical products are still lays in the ‘potential’ category.

Dietary supplements »

Functional foods »

The food sources used as nutraceuticals are all natural and can be categorized as »

  • Dietary Fiber.
  • Probiotics.
  • Prebiotics.
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  • Antioxidant vitamins.
  • Polyphenols.
  • Spices

Role of nutraceuticals in human health

Research has shown that nutraceuticals help in combating some of the major health problems of the century such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, cholesterol etc.

Nutraceuticals have proven health benefits and their consumption (within their acceptable Recommended Dietary Intakes) will keep diseases at bay and allow humans to maintain an overall good health.

The nutraceuticals product market »

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A market research report produced in 2018 projected that the worldwide nutraceuticals market would account for over US$ 80,700 million in 2019,[10] defining that market as "Dietary Supplements (Vitamins, Minerals, Herbals, Non-Herbals, & Others), and Functional Foods & Beverages".

Nutraceutical market in india

The nutraceutical industry is growing at a rate far exceeding expansion in the food and pharmaceutical industries. In tomorrow’s market, the most successful nutraceutical players are likely to be those companies in which functional product are just a part of a broad line of goods satisfying both conventional and health value point.

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