What are Nutraceutical?



Examples of nutraceuticals are:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Coenzyme Q
  • Essential fatty acids (omega-3)
  • Multi-mineral formulas
  • Herbs
  • Amino acids
  • Probiotics
  • Protein supplements

Technology has improved to a point where it’s possible to isolate nutrients. This helps to create nutraceutical supplements which are in liquid, powder, capsule, softgel, gelcap, or tablet form. These isolated nutrients simplify to achieve the required dietary allowances (RDA) to maintain optimum health on daily basis.  

The philosophy behind nutraceutical is to focus on prevention and act as a proactive solution, which goes as per the saying of a great Greek Physician Hippocrates- “Let food be your medicine” who is recognized as the ‘father of medicine’.

 These are biological therapies that promote general well-being, alleviate symptoms and prevent chronic diseases. They are commonly grouped as dietary supplements and functional foods

Functional food is a category that includes whole foods with fortified, enriched or enhanced dietary components that may reduce the risk of chronic diseases and provide a health benefit beyond the traditional nutrients it contains.

Whereas, dietary supplements are concentrated forms of specific nutrients like enzymes, amino acids, vitamin and minerals. Its intended use is in the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements are established by the medical intervention.

Over the past few decades Nutraceutical has attracted considerable interest due to their potential nutritional and therapeutic effects. And we at NutraC want to spread good health across the society through these healthy magic potions of Nutraceutical health supplements.


Nutraceutical vs. Pharmaceutical

Healthcare covers a vast range of remedial advances, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals are the core therapies that are currently dominating in the health industry.

Pharmaceutical drugs are synthetic compounds that may cure symptoms and help in the treatment of diseases, but they come along with side effects by default. As some drugs are known to cause discomfort in some people, such medicines are complemented with other drugs. Many times, the side effects may surface much later or gradual which in itself may present as a new disease condition. Majority of the drugs are artificial and their manufacturing starts with the identification of chemicals naturally present in plants and animals. These chemicals are then researched, artificially manufactured in laboratories and tested if they are able to cure diseases and illnesses.

Complications with drugs arise as they lose their natural essence and they are crossbred with chemicals that may have a crippling effect on the body.

Nutraceutical health supplements are way ahead of pharmaceutical drugs as they are derived from natural sources. Similar to pharmaceuticals, the development of nutraceuticals also begins with the identification of substances in the nature that are useful to the human body. They are then extracted in their purest form from that very source with limited or no chemical interferences. This quality of nutraceuticals helps to get a positive effect on health without being contaminated by any side-effects.

There are also some exclusive nutraceuticals that are made from organic sources which means that the natural flora and fauna was undisturbed. Organic nutraceuticals are made from ingredients that are cultured in a specialized environment free from pesticides or any other chemicals as the purpose behind their development is always predetermined. We support this initiative and promote the best range of organic health foods in our store.


Nutraceuticals are a Rising Essential!

There are various reasons like easy access to junk food, busy hectic lifestyles make it difficult to get right nourishment through right foods. In spite of putting in constant efforts by many health freaks to eat nutrient-rich food, many do fail to get optimum nutrition. This is because the quality of our food sources are no more wholesome and nutritious as they used to be a few decades earlier due to deteriorating soil quality and agricultural practices used.

Let us understand with an example: Spinach being a good source of iron supposed to contain 2.4mg iron for 100gm of spinach leaves. But does spinach grown at various places with different soil quality still consists of the same amount of iron? Or is it possible to meet the required dietary allowance of all nutrients on a daily basis? This mismatch in the acquiring of daily nutrients leads to various nutrient deficiencies, causing imbalance and lifestyle diseases.

Nutraceuticals – The Greatest Discovery

Nutraceuticals are becoming the answers to various health concerns. Nutrients brought together with the efficacy of modern technology are the most protective shield against various threats that our health faces each day. We can enrich and fortify ourselves with a multitude of nutrients. NutraC, the Nutraceutical Health Supplements Store in Hyderabad can help strengthen your body’s resistance to diseases and help maintain overall health naturally. And what’s best – you can find a range of health supplements here.

Risk factors with Nutraceuticals

A five-year study of side effects of traditional remedies and food supplements was carried out between 1991 and 1995 in the medical toxicology unit at Guy’s Hospital, London.13 The authors concluded that the overall risk factor with these products was low and that they were generally considered to be safe.

However, we would recommend you to consult your doctor if you are allergic to any particular ingredient, are on medications with an ongoing illness as it may interfere with supplements causing interactions or any other side effects.


Ashwini Sagar is a renowned diet and nutritional consultant. She has been in this field for more than a decade now. During all these years, she has developed brilliant expertise in this field and comes up with the best possible diet plans. She possesses the ability to communicate complex and sensitive information about dietary matters in an understandable form to individuals. She has a proven track record of successfully promoting healthy eating habits and suggesting diet modifications.

Ashwini specializes in lifestyle-related disorders, pregnancy & post-natal related nutrition management, therapeutic diets and weight management.

Ashwini is available of nutrition consultations at NutraC on prior appointments.

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