What Are Nutraceuticals?

The field of nutraceuticals is ever-expanding, as the population on the whole becomes more health-conscious and aware of the benefits of dietary and nutritional supplements. The word “nutraceutical” refers to a standardized, pharmaceutical nutrient. It can also be defined as a substance which has physiological benefit or provides protection against chronic disease. Nutraceuticals may be used to improve health, delay the aging process, prevent chronic diseases, increase life expectancy, or support the structure or function of the body. Though usually not protected by patent rights the way pharmaceuticals are, they are regulated by the FDA under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. This legislation aims to prevent adulterated and misbranded food and drugs from being distributed or provided to consumers. Nutraceuticals are included in more than just vitamins and supplements, but this is the primary vehicle by which individuals consume the various forms of nutraceuticals. Because of this, it is vital that the development, ingredient quality, and overall content of these drugs be carefully considered and controlled.

How Are Quality Nutraceuticals Developed?

In order for product labeling to contain claims of efficacy, the active ingredients must be backed by evidence from quality clinical trials, with human subjects (not only mice or cell culture line trials), preferably published in reputable peer-reviewed scientific journals. The sourcing of these ingredients is important, because quality across suppliers of raw nutritional additives varies. Amino acids, vitamins, minerals and herbs utilized in supplements must be easily absorbed in order to be effective in supporting the function and structure of the body. The combination of products in a supplement should be made with their synergistic effects in mind. Often a multivitamin or combined supplement aims to provide multiple nutritional boosts in one pill or capsule. The development of quality nutraceuticals is a complex and involved process, with which Pharma Resource Group has experience.

The Most Popular Supplements

Nutraceutical agents are usually taken as vitamins and dietary supplements in the form of pills, tablets, capsules or gel capsules, and also as powdered additives. The most commonly consumed supplements include B Vitamins, Magnesium, Vitamin C, turmeric/curcumin and calcium. These are followed closely by melatonin for sleep, digestive enzymes such as lactase, joint supplements, green tea and finally, zinc. Protein and nutrition powders and drinks are also popular, such as whey and soy protein varieties.

Developing Top Nutraceuticals

As previously mentioned, based on the sourcing of the active ingredients, the quality of these products can vary greatly. Pharma Resource Group has the knowledge to assist in the development of a top-quality nutraceutical or supplement lines, ensuring the ingredient sourcing and compounding are carried out with precision. For more information and to learn about the full range of our services, get in touch with us today!