Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food

The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, in his famous quote, written around 5th century BC, was essentially referring to nutraceuticals. The portmanteau of the words “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical”, was coined in 1989, by Stephen L. DeFelice, founder and chairman of the Foundation of Innovation Medicine.

Nutraceutical is any substance considered as food or its part, which, in addition to its normal nutritional value, provides health benefits, including the prevention of disease, or promotion of health.

Different jurisdictions have collectively agreed, that nutraceutical has no regulatory definition. As a general consensus, a nutraceutical should be a non-toxic food component, with scientifically proven health benefits.

A plethora of ancient civilizations, like Indian, Egyptian, Chinese, and Sumerian, have extensively explored the medicinal traits of various food commodities. Ayurveda, the ages old Indian discipline of health science, has also mentioned the usages and benefits of…

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