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Nutraceuticals: An Approach Towards Safe and Effective Medications

Nutraceuticals: An Approach Towards Safe and Effective Medications
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Author(s): Shalini Singh (University of Lucknow, India) and Pushkar Singh Rawat (University of Lucknow, India)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 20
Source title: Treating Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders With Herbal Medicines
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Arif Hussain (Manipal Academy of Higher Education, UAE) and Shalini Behl (Manipal Academy of Higher Education, UAE)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4808-0.ch012

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Abstract

Nutraceutical is a unique grouping of two words, nutrition and pharmaceutical, which describes a food or food product that regularly provides health and medical benefits, including the prevention and cure of various diseases. Chemically, nutraceuticals contain a range of bioactive elements classified as polyphenolic compounds, isoprenoids, minerals, amino acid derivatives, carbohydrate derivatives, fatty acids and structural lipids, prebiotics, and probiotics. The majority of nutraceuticals have numerous beneficial and healing effects without any kind of side effects that keep their attention towards the consumer. The demand for nutraceuticals was increasing slowly due to a high risk of toxicity or adverse effect of drugs. Consequently, in such circumstances, nutraceuticals prove a safer approach for health management. Meanwhile, a few challenges were hindering the fame of nutraceuticals like lack of standardization and awareness, high pricing, marketing, and supply. This chapter mainly emphasizes the recent role of nutraceuticals in human health and its status in other nations.

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