Consumers are steadily becoming more health-conscious.
Nielsen’s 2015 Global Health and Wellness Survey reports that members of Generation Z are more willing to spend money on health-related products than millennials are. Millennials are more likely than baby boomers to purchase health products.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased health-related consumption across all age categories. The growing concern for well-being has driven people to discover nutraceuticals.
What are Nutraceutical Products?
Stephen Defelice, the founder of the Foundation for Innovation in Medicine (FIM), invented the term 'nutraceutical' by mashing the words and meanings of ‘nutrition’ and ‘pharmaceutical’.
A nutritive pharmaceutical is a good description for a nutraceutical! It uses the body’s natural ability to heal and optimize well-being through supportive nutrition.
Types of nutraceuticals include foodstuffs, such as dietary supplements (vitamins and minerals), medicinal food, herbs, botanicals, oils, amino acids, etc. Basically, they are anything taken orally to supplement the nutrition in a person’s regular diet.
Health Benefits of Nutraceuticals
Nutraceutical is too broad of a category to list benefits. However, proper nutrition and hence supplemental support can provide preventative intervention for many of today’s health challenges.
esity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, and more are global ailments. Current scientific research indicates various nutraceuticals may naturally support the body to help prevent and/or lessen the symptoms and effects of some chronic conditions.
Oxidative stress is linked to numerous chronic conditions. Many nutraceuticals are natural antioxidants that combat oxidative stress to support healthy aging. And unlike pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals often do not have unwanted side effects.
Another benefit of nutraceuticals is they are widely available and financially feasible.
(Before starting any nutraceutical regime, seek professional medical advice. Some nutraceuticals can be harmful or toxic if not taken correctly. In addition, some nutraceuticals may adversely interact with prescription medication. Nutraceuticals are not evaluated or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)
What is the Difference Between Nutraceuticals and Pharmaceuticals?
At this point, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals may sound similar. The difference comes down to what the manufacturers claim their product will do.
If a manufacturer claims their product will treat, cure, or prevent any illness, it is a pharmaceutical. Pharmaceuticals have undergone rigorous clinical testing to ensure they have specific intended effects and are commonly used in hospital settings.
Nutraceuticals, on the other hand, while also recommended by doctors, are more focused on improving general health and well-being. Wellness clinics and select retailers are well known for recommending nutraceuticals.
Why Manufacture Nutraceuticals?
The nutraceutical market size has outpaced the food or pharmaceutical industry. The world nutraceutical market size was $46.7 billion in 2002. In 2007, it reached $74.7 billion, and by 2021, it was $454.55 billion. Grand View Research forecasts the market will reach $991.09 billion by 2030.
Over the last several decades, but especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, people have become more interested in taking care of their health. Nutraceuticals are often inexpensive and natural, so they are a popular option for self-care.
The continued consumer interest in supportive and preventative supplements offers numerous business opportunities and room for new entrepreneurs. Additionally, designing and manufacturing nutraceuticals is a way to help other people. Some people may need the nutraceutical that only YOU have dreamed up.
The Manufacturing Process
The nutraceutical manufacturing process begins with formula design. Then, the manufacturer obtains raw materials. Once the raw materials are appropriately combined and packaged, the nutraceutical is finished.
Testing at various stages, including the ingredients and final product, provides a safe, pure, and quality product. Once the finished product is packaged and labeled, it is ready for marketing.
The FDA regulates the nutraceutical industry under the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). DSHEA regulates supplement ingredients, manufacturing, final product, labeling, claims, etc.
Supplements must be manufactured according to current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) in registered FDA facilities. GMPs guidelines require the facility, manufacturing equipment, and employees to be held to a high standard of cleanliness. Every produced batch is tested to ensure the identity and purity of the product. Furthermore, all facilities must document cleaning, instrument calibration, and more.
Since FDA approval is not required before marketing a nutraceutical, many manufacturing companies acquire GMP certification from third-party agencies. Third-party certification assures consumers that the nutraceutical was produced in conditions compliant with the FDA’s guidelines and is safe for consumption.
GMP certification is just one of many possible certifications a manufacturing company can acquire. Halal, Kosher, and Organic certifications also serve as quality markers. Certifications validate the integrity of a company and its product.
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Nutraceuticals can make a giant difference in a person’s life.
Origin Nutraceutical can make a difference in the viability and success of your supplement product. We are an NSF-GMP, Halal, Kosher, and Organic certified nutraceutical manufacturing company. With Origin on your team, you can be assured your supplement will be of the highest quality, meeting the needs of today’s consumers.
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