Nutraceuticals is a broad umbrella term that is used to describe any product arrived from food sources with extra health benefits in addition to the basic nutritional value found in foods. They can be considered non—specific biological therapies used to promote general well—being, control symptoms and prevent malignant Processes.
The term ‘nutraceutical’ combines two words nutrient’ (a nourishing food component) and pharmaceutical (a medical drug).
The definition of nutraceuticals and related products generally depends on the source. They can be classified on the basis of their natural sources, pharmacological conditions, as well as the chemical constitution of the products. Most often they are grouped in the following categories: dietary supplements, functional food, medicinal food, pharmaceuticals.
A dietary supplement represents a product that contains nutrients derived from food products and is often concentrated in liquid, capsule, powder or pill form.
Over the years, nutraceuticals have attracted considerable interest due to their Potential nutritional, safety and therapeutic effects. They have a role in a plethora of biological processes, including antioxidant defenses, Cell Proliferation, gene expression and safeguarding of mitochondrial integrity.
They also exhibit diseases modifying indications related to oxidative stress including allergy, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, eye conditions, Parkinson’s diseases, obesity, Diabetes, renal, gastrointestinal disorders, as well as different infections.
Therefore, Nutraceuticals provide good therapeutic support for medicines, resulting in overall well-being and good health.