Why are nutraceuticals becoming so popular in the us


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What is making nutraceuticals become so popular in the United States? Read this article to find out.

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Why are nutraceuticals becoming so popular in the us

  1. 1. The Word Nutraceutical Formed from ‘nutrition’ and ‘pharmaceutical’ Coined by Stephen DeFelice, MD, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Innovation in Medicine (FIM), Cranford, NJ Refers to a food – or part of a food – that provides health and medical benefits
  2. 2. Nutraceuticals Nutraceuticals are  Any substance that is part of a food  Dietary supplements  Isolated nutrients  Genetically engineered designer foods  Processed foods  Herbal products,  Substance is used for the treatment and prevention of illnesses
  3. 3. Health Canada Health Canada’s definition of nutraceutical  A product derived from food  Sold as medicine  Used for physiological benefits  Used for protection from chronic diseases
  4. 4. Reasons For Popularity Nutraceuticals are becoming very popular in the United States Reasons why include  Medical treatment costs in America one of the highest in the world  Consumers want better preventive therapies for chronic diseases, more personalized medical care, and preventive solutions for effects of aging  Interest in preventive therapies and Nature cures is also sweeping the country
  5. 5. Growing Market Nutraceutical industry worth $86 billion in the United States Industry even bigger in Europe and Japan Almost 40 percent of Americans try alternative medicinal therapies every year Increasing number of physicians prescribing nutraceuticals before giving pharmaceutical drugs to patients Belief that they are just as good as pharmaceutical drugs but without side effects
  6. 6. Claims About The Benefits Common claims about benefits of nutraceuticals  Cartilage and joint health  Depression  Fatigue  Stress reduction  Cholesterol levels  Lung functions
  7. 7. Categories Categories include  Dietary supplements with botanicals  Some minerals  Some vitamins  Carnitine  Co-enzyme Q  Ginseng  Many others
  8. 8. Foods Functional foods include  Bran  Oats  Lignin  Psyllium Additionally  Probiotics  Omega-3 acids  Medicinal foods  Genetically engineered foods
  9. 9. Warning Medical experts and regulatory authorities say certified nutraceuticals still rare in market Most raw materials used for the manufacture of nutraceuticals are imported therefore is no quality control Very little data available on how the herbal and botanical ingredients – that go into manufacture of nutraceuticals – are cultivated Nutraceuticals clearly affect physiology but not tested as strictly as pharmaceutical drugs
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