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.
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.