Nutraceuticals are a diverse product category with various synonyms used internationally. The term ‘nutraceutical’ has been part of the industry lexicon for almost a decade. Unfortunately, it still seems to be held up in a scrambled web of complementary definitions, regulatory watchdogs and consumer confusion. For an effective regulatory policy framework, nutraceuticals need to move from a blurred idea with varied and sometimes conflicting definitions, to a sharply defined and quantifiable concept.
The frontiers of the nutraceutical universe were defined using the dimensions of physiological effects, matrix and functional intensity.
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Our Nutraceutical manufacturing is performed primarily in our facilities located in Chikkaballapur Industrial area, approximately 20 km from Bangalore International Airport (BIAL). We also have a working relationship with numerous outside manufacturers (including certain softgel manufacturers and packagers) and we use these outside sources for such specialty items.
Consumers are deeply concerned about how their health care is managed, administered and priced. They are frustrated with the expensive, high-tech, disease-treatment approach predominant in modern medicine; the consumer is seeking complementary or alternative beneficial products and the red tape of managed care makes nutraceuticals particularly appealing. Nutraceuticals (often referred to as phytochemicals or functional foods) are natural bioactive, chemical compounds that have health promoting, disease preventing or medicinal properties.
The definition of nutraceuticals and related products generally depends on the source. They can be classified on the basis of their natural sources, pharmacological conditions, as well as chemical constitution of the products. Most often they are grouped in the following categories: dietary supplements, functional food, medicinal food, farmaceuticals.
Medical food is formulated to be consumed or administered internally, under the supervision of a qualified physician. Its intended use is a specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements are established by the medical evaluation (on the basis of recognized scientific principle).
Farmaceuticals are medically valuable components produced from modified agricultural crops or animals. The term is a combining of the words “farm” and “pharmaceuticals”. Proponents of this concept are convinced that using crops (and possibly even animals) as pharmaceutical factories is much more cost effective than conventional methods, with higher revenue for agricultural producers.
According to their generally accepted definition, functional food is a category which includes whole foods and fortified, enriched or enhanced dietary components that may reduce the risk of chronic disease and provide a health-benefit beyond the traditional nutrients it contains.
A dietary supplement represents a product that contains nutrients derived from food products, and is often concentrated in liquid, capsule, powder or pill form. Although dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA as foods, their regulation differs from drugs and other foods.