AAPS PharmSci

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 27–28

Nutraceutical-definition and introduction


DOI: 10.1208/ps050325

Cite this article as:
Kalra, E.K. AAPS PharmSci (2003) 5: 27. doi:10.1208/ps050325


Dr Stephen DeFelice coined the term “Nutraceutical” from “Nutrition” and “Pharmaceutical” in 1989. The term nutraceutical is being commonly used in marketing but has no regulatory definition. An attempt to redefine nutraceuticals and functional foods is made in this article. The proposed definitions can help distinguish between functional foods, nutraceuticals, and dietary supplements. The advantages and disadvantages of nutraceuticals are also briefly discussed.


nutraceutical functional food dietary supplement 

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© American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nagpur College of PharmacyNagpurIndia

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