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THE PHARMA REVIEW (NOV – DEC 2018)

Nutraceuticals: Foods of the 21st Century

Dr. Saurabh Arora

Introduction:

The term neutraceuticals was coined by Stephen DeFelice, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Innovation in Medicine (FIM) from the words “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical.” Nutraceuticals are products that are derived from plants or botanicals or their parts but sold in the format of granules, powder, tablet, capsule, liquid, jelly or gel, semi-solids pills, or in other medicinal forms, not usually associated with foods. Pharmaceuticals are generally considered to be medications used for treating diseases whereas, nutraceuticals are “foods which are specially processed or formulated to satisfy particular dietary requirements which exist because of a particular physical or physiological condition or specific diseases and disorders and which are presented as such, wherein the composition of these foodstuffs must differ significantly from the composition of ordinary foods of comparable nature that also have certain health benefits and can prevent certain kinds of health issues (Section 22 of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006). Since there is a merging of lines when defining nutraceuticals, so the products are available from a myriad of industries like;

 

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