Akin to cosmeceuticals, which are a therapeutic blend of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, applied topically on the skin to enhance beauty and prevent premature ageing, nutraceuticals refer to similar products that are taken orally.
Inappropriate dietary habits and a stressful work life are very important contributory factors towards cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancers, etc. Nutraceuticals are gaining immense popularity these days as people rely more on them for prevention and safeguarding their health, yet at the same time, avoiding side effects from drugs. The philosophy behind nutraceuticals is to focus on prevention, according to a saying by the Greek physician Hippocrates, who said, “Let food be your medicine”
What are Nutraceuticals?
The name nutraceutical combines two words namely nutrients and pharmaceuticals which is how old fashion pharmacist who were real chemist put together natural herbal formulas for doctor prior to synthetic pharmaceuticals. This phase was coined in 1989 by Stephen L. DeFelice, M.D. the founder of the Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, a nonprofit organization established in 1976 whose purpose is to accelerate medical discovery by establishing a more productive clinical research community.
Dr. DeFelice believes that nutraceuticals will revolutionize the health care system. “What we’re seeing is the start of a new paradigm in health care,”
Thus, any product derived from natural food sources and which provides extra nutritional value including prevention and treatment of life-threatening diseases but is obtained thus natural means, may be called a nutraceutical.
Categories of Nutraceuticals
- Nutritional Supplements
Substances with established nutritional value such as vitamins (A, D, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folic acid and calcium pantothenate) minerals (calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, chromium, iodine etc), amino acids contained in the form of capsules, gels, liquids, etc.
2. Phytochemicals or Herbal supplements
Supplements containing herbs or botanical products as concentrates such as Aloe Vera (useful in wound-healing), Evening Primrose oil (helpful in treatment of Atopic eczema), garlic, ginseng, ginger, green tea (which is an excellent anti-oxidant and prevents against cardiac aliments).
3. Dietary supplements
Products intended to supplement the diet and containing one or more of the following ingredients such as prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants (Vit C, Vit E, Carotene etc) and enzymes.
Over the years, nutraceuticals have attracted considerable interest. They are widely consumed by people for delaying the biological age clock, prevention against life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular phenomenon, hypertension and renal diseases, certain types of cancers and infections. Of late, they have been found be play a role in modifying allergies, dementia, obesity and Parkinson’s disease.
To conclude, nutraceuticals is a food based nutrition found in nature which helps in combating some of the major health problems of the century. With ever-changing lifestyles, the antioxidant defense mechanisms of the body are often overloaded resulting in oxidative stress. Nutraceuticals have proven health benefits and if consumed properly to coincide with the body’s cell cycle within their acceptable recommended dietary intake (RDA), they will help in keeping diseases at bay while promoting wellbeing via a strong immune system.
‘Nutraceutical’ is the current trend among the US consumer who are now keenly looking forward to ways of improving health and lifestyle. The US nutraceutical industry has been riding the tidal waves for the past few years, and has been growing swiftly, presenting ample opportunities to the industry players. With favorable demographics, positive eco-financial dynamics, and rising focus on digital marketing/sales channels, the US nutraceutical market is poised to scale newer heights.
TRGnutritional® is a nutraceutical manufacturer who has been offering medicinal pharmacopoeia-grade cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and neurological nutraceuticals to the professional and public marketplace since 1997. All our active ingredients are food based for better bioavailability resulting in proper nutrient absorption and better results.
These next generation nutraceuticals are of the highest European, Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal medicinal quality utilizing European Standardized pharmacopoeia-grade herbs which are produced in GMP certified FDA compliant manufacturing facilities under strict supervision from experienced scientists and leading herbalists.