Recent Trends in Nutraceutical Research

Recent developments in the field of Nutraceuticals and food science have specific aims at improving benefits of functional foods.  Food polymers in delivering dietary bio-actives, the Safety and Efficacy of emerging Nutraceuticals in global market are categorized as sub tracks.

  • functional ingredients
  • dietary supplements
  • health and nutritional supplements
  • biologically active phyto and zoo-chemicals
  • medicinal and health foods
  • Nutritional genomics/ nutri genomics
  • Nutrigenetics
  • Molecular nutrition and molecular medicine
  • Safety and Efficacy of Nutraceuticals

Nutraceutical (from nutrition + pharmaceutical) is a commercial term used for foods or food products that might help to prevent and treat diseases. Nutraceuticals can include 

  • Minerals, vitamins and other dietary supplements
  • Herbal products: garlic (allicin), ginger, echinacea, ginseng, liquorice, onion, senna, turmeric (curcumin)
  • Dietary enzymes: bromelain, papain
  • Dietary fiber
  • Hydrolyzed proteins
  • Phytonutrients: resveratrol
  • Carotenoids: lycopene
  • Prebiotics
  • Probiotics

Nutraceuticals are usually natural substances and, unlike drugs, are not substances synthesized for a certain purpose 

Nutraceuticals are also called functional foods, which are defined as “food products to be taken as part of the usual diet in order to have beneficial effects that go beyond basic nutritional function” 

 

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