Nutraceuticals: Understanding Their Top 5 Health Benefits


The idea of using food not just to fill our bellies but as a source of both nutrition and medicine is a tale as old as time, stretching back to ancient cultures nearly 3,000 years ago. Fast forward to today, nutraceuticals have taken this ancient wisdom into a sophisticated scientific field. Backed by solid evidence, continuous research, and the latest technologies, nutraceuticals have evolved beyond their traditional origins.

The term ‘nutraceutical’ combines ‘nutrient’ and ‘pharmaceutical,’ symbolizing the fusion of nutrition and medicine. These products enhance a healthy diet by supplying essential nutrients for body repair, growth, and optimal functioning. Nutraceuticals can be found in various pharmaceutical forms like pills, powders, and capsules, serving both nutritional and medicinal purposes. These Fast Moving Health Goods (FMHG) act as supplements, bridging nutritional gaps when dietary sources fall short.

Nutraceutical products serve as broad-spectrum biological therapies, contributing to overall health, symptom management, and prevention of ailments and thus extending life expectancy[1].

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Nutraceuticals And Their Multifaceted Benefits
The classification of nutraceuticals and their derivatives varies based on sources, their natural origins, pharmacological properties, and chemical composition. Commonly, nutraceuticals fall into four main groups: dietary supplements, functional foods, medicinal foods, and farmaceuticals(biomedical components derived from genetically modified crops or animals that offer valuable medical properties).

Here are the top 5 health benefits of nutraceuticals:
1. Helps Strengthen Immune Function: A myriad of nutraceuticals has showcased significant contributions to modulating immune status and reducing vulnerability to specific diseases. A robust immune system acts as a defense mechanism, safeguarding the body against harmful invaders and promoting overall health. Strengthen your immunity naturally through immune-boosting nutraceuticals from Supradyn.

2. Anti-inflammatory Effects: Nutraceuticals have phytochemicals known to modulate inflammatory processes, offering potential health benefits. They have the potential to reduce oxidative stress, exhibiting promising results in preventing and managing many chronic inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. Try Tata 1mg Tejasya Turmeric for its polyphenol curcumin for anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-carcinogenic properties.

3. Enhances Eye Health: Nutraceuticals like lutein, as well as antioxidant-rich compounds such as vitamins C and E, zinc with copper, polyphenols, and carotenoids (particularly lycopene and β-carotene), have proven efficacy in combating age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In a study, individuals at a heightened risk of advanced AMD reduced their risk by approximately 25% through high-dose combinations of these antioxidants and minerals[2]. Invest in Zingavita Sharp Eye Gummies for improved visual performance and eye health.

4. Manages Cardiovascular Diseases: Nutraceuticals support cardiovascular health by addressing chronic diseases and positively influencing conditions such as heart attack, stroke, coronary artery disease, hypertension, deep vein thrombosis, and atherosclerosis. Through various mechanisms, they help lower LDL-cholesterol levels, counteract free radicals with antioxidants, and reduce artery plaque and blood pressure[1]. Research studies have shown that specific nutraceuticals follow these strategies, providing comprehensive support in managing cardiovascular diseases. Fish oil is an essential source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, and D. Add Carbamide Forte Triple Strength Fish Oil to your routine for its heart-healthy properties.

5. Elevates Mental Health: The role of nutrients and nutraceuticals in the prevention, and management of mental health disorders is on the rise. Nutraceuticals, by alleviating oxidative stress, are known to postpone the development of dementias like Alzheimer’s. Depression is the most common psychiatric symptom of Parkinson’s disease. Specific compounds such as omega-3, vitamins B and D, magnesium, and iron exhibit promising outcomes in enhancing mood, reducing stress, alleviating anxiety and depression, and supporting cognitive functioning. Take Dr. Morepen Omega 3 Deep Sea Fish Oil for enhanced brain health.

Nutraceuticals can strongly impact your body, and their effectiveness can vary, so stick to recommended amounts. Discuss your symptoms and nutraceutical use with your healthcare professional for personalized advice.

(The article is written by Dr.Subita Alagh, Senior Executive, and reviewed by Monalisa Deka, Senior Health Content Editor)

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