NUTRACEUTICALS– AS A FUNCTIONAL FOODS FOR HEATH
Author(s):
Satendra Kumar, Anil Kumar
Keywords:
Nutraceutical, functional foods, dietary supplements, herbal, quality of life
Abstract
Nutraceuticals are products, which other than nutrition are also used as medicine. A nutraceutical product may be defined as a substance, which has physiological benefit or provides protection against chronic disease. Nutraceuticals may be used to improve health, delay the aging process, prevent chronic diseases, increase life expectancy, or support the structure or function of the body, Traditional use of medicines is recognized as a way to learn about potential future medicines. The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of the world's population presently uses herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care. The concept of nutraceutical has been accepted internationally. The terms “functional foods” and “nutraceuticals” are emerging out of benefits from foods that go beyond those attributable to essential nutrients. In recent years there is a growing interest in nutraceuticals which provide health benefits and are alternative to modern medicine. Nutrients, herbals and dietary supplements are major constituents of nutraceuticals which make them instrumental in maintaining health, act against various disease conditions and thus promote the quality of life. The recently published papers about different aspects of nutraceuticals as alternative for pharmaceuticals were searched using scientific sites such as Medline, PubMed, and Google Scholar. The used terms included nutraceutical and allergy, Alzheimer, cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes, eye, immune, inflammatory or Parkinson.
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Unique Paper ID: 156984

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 5

Page(s): 564 - 569
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