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FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT

Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 50 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.

Nutraceuticals: THE FUTURE THERAPEUTICS.

Nutraceuticals are a food product that provides health as well as medical benefits; including the prevention and treatment of disease. Few nutraceuticals are being used as pharmaceutical and a number of other being used and purchased by the general public as self-medication. Such products may range from dietary supplements to genetically engineered foods, herbal products and processed foods. Clinical research on nutraceutical product is going on for integrating and assessing information.

The term “Nutraceutical” was first coined by Dr Stephen L. Defelice as “a product isolated or purified from foods and sold in medicinal forms.They have physiological benefit”
Nutraceutical is a combination of 2 words

1. Nutrition and
2. Pharmaceutical.

Nutraceuticals are a food product that provides health as well as medical benefits; including the prevention and treatment of disease. Phytochemicals and antioxidants are two specific types of nutraceuticals. Research has proved that foods with phytochemicals may help to provide protection from diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension, e.g.carotenoids found in carrots. Antioxidants may be helpful in avoiding chronic diseases, by preventing oxidative damage in our body.

Over the last 20 years, numbers of Nutraceuticals are available for self-medication or for sale.
There has been a boom in the sale of Nutraceutical because of

1. Side effects of pharmaceuticals
2. Increased Aging population
3.Awareness of the people towards health

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