Nutraceutical is a term derived from the words nutrition and pharmaceutical.
It refers to compounds that are derived from a naturally occurring source or synthesized to be identical to a naturally occurring substance. These substances provide physiologic benefits and improve chronic and acute conditions as well as enhance and supplement various metabolic functions.
Nutraceuticals may be herbs, amino acids, and other products occurring in nature and are purified and developed into medicinal forms such as pills, powders, liquids, creams. Due to their function, some fall into other categories, such as antioxidants.
Some nutraceuticals are:
Detoxification is the process of removing toxins and harmful buildup form the body. It helps restore proper organ function and remove substances that impede balanced hormonal function, such as metals. Detoxification mainly improves metabolic mechanisms in the liver, and clearance mechanisms in the kidney. Some types of detox reduce intestinal inflammation and improve absorption.
Antioxidants are products that prevent cellular aging, DNA damage and improve the metabolic function of the body. Studies have shown antioxidants such as L-carnitine and Resveratrol to activate and improve the function of genes that control cell life cycle and reproduction thus leading to possible anti-cancer and longevity effects. Other effects of antioxidants include improved blood sugar and balanced insulin regulation, anti-inflammatory and immune modifying properties, as well as significant beneficial effects on cholesterol, heart disease, and liver function.