Nutraceutical-definition and introduction


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.

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Published: September 3, 2003

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Kalra, E.K. Nutraceutical-definition and introduction. AAPS PharmSci 5, 27–28 (2003).

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  • nutraceutical
  • functional food
  • dietary supplement