Nutrition is vital to optimal aging, but many of us do not get all the nutrients we need through diet alone. Pharmaceutical-grade supplements help fill the gap between the nutrients we need and those that we get through our food. A nutraceutical is, as it name suggests, the combination of a nourishing food element and a medical drug. In essence, it is a product derived from a natural food source with extra health benefits added to boost the food’s nutritional value. Nutraceuticals are designed to promote well-being and prevent disease.
There are four categories of nutraceuticals:
- Dietary Supplements
A dietary supplement concentrates the nutrients from food products into liquid, powder, pill or capsule form.
- Functional Food
Whole foods and fortified or enriched dietary components provide more health benefits than the nutrients in the food alone.
- Medicinal Food
A physician supervises the consumption or internal delivery of medical foods to provide the specific dietary requirements necessary to manage a certain disease or condition.
These products are created from modified agricultural crops or animals because it is believed that the use of crops or animals as pharma factories is more cost-effective than conventional production methods.
Health Benefits of Nutraceuticals
While we are not sure exactly what role they play in biological or physiological processes, it is generally accepted that nutraceuticals help prevent or forestall some chronic diseases, prevent obesity, slow the aging process, and increase immunity. It should be noted that the response of nutraceuticals varies from one person to the next, depending on the individual’s genetic predisposition to disease and lifestyle factors such as smoking and drinking.
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