Nutraceuticals are food or food ingredients that deliver proven health benefits. The term “nutraceutical” was coined from “nutrition” and “pharmaceuticals” in 1989 by Dr. Stephen De Felice, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Innovation in Medicine.
Nutraceuticals are successfully used worldwide for the prevention and treatment of a number of disorders, as is shown by the remarkable growth of this sector in the pharmaceutical industry over recent years.
The effectiveness of these substances increases when they work together in a single formula to enhance their healing properties.
High-performance supplements with all the advantages of their natural origin.
Even if at Community legislative level there is always talk of supplements, in reality the two terms are not perfectly congruent. The supplements have the purpose to “integrate” a nutrient or a mineral in case of deficiency. Nutraceuticals, on the other hand, aim to act in the prevention and treatment of specific problems
“A food can be considered ‘functional’, if its beneficial influence on one or more functions of the body is sufficiently demonstrated, as well as adequate nutritional effects, so as to be relevant to a state of well-being and health or to reduce the risk of disease. The beneficial effects could consist either in the maintenance or in the promotion of a state of well-being or health and/or in a reduction of the risk of a pathological process or of a disease.”
Diploch et al. 1999 British Journal of Nutrition
Phytotherapy is the medical science that studies the correct use of medicinal plants and their derivatives, in order to treat or prevent various conditions of medical or health interest. Also in this case it is a general term related to nutraceuticals that deals not only with medicinal plant extracts but also with all those organic substances found in nature that boast beneficial effects on health.