What Are Nutraceuticals?

Nutraceutical products were once considered alternative medicine. For many years dietary supplements were not given serious credence by the medical community. New studies by food scientists have shown there to be more to food science than we thought just a couple decades ago. Until just recently, analysis of food was limited to the flavor of food and its nutritional value. However, there is growing evidence that other components of food may play an integral role in the link between food and health.

The word nutraceuticals was originally created by a man named Dr. Stephen L. DeFelice and is formed by combining the words “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical”. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines nutraceutical as “A food stuff (as a fortified food or a dietary supplement) that provides health benefits.” Essentially, nutraceuticals are foods or food products that have beneficial influence on health, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Dietary supplements can be found in many…

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