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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JULY – AUGUST 2019)

Nutraceuticals - Challenging the Pharmaceuticals?

Pawan Kumar Gupta, P K Porwal, A N Nagappa & Vaishnavi Naik#

Introduction: The “nutraceuticals” are the food products or a part along with the medicinal properties. providing good health, and useful for the treatment and prevention of certain diseases. The nutraceutical market has become a million-dollar industry at a global level.
Nutraceuticals are food or part of food playing a significant role in modifying and maintaining normal physiological function that maintains healthy human beings. The principal reasons for the growth of the nutraceutical market worldwide are the population and the health awareness amongst the people. The food products come under category of nutraceuticals can be classified as dietary fiber, prebiotics, probiotics, polyunsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and other different types of herbal / natural foods. These are useful in in combating some of the major health problems of the century such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, cholesterol etc. In whole, ‘nutraceutical’ has lead to the new era of medicine and health, in which the food industry has become a research oriented sector.

 

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