from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A food or naturally occurring food supplement thought to have a beneficial effect on human health.

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  • n. A nutrient or food believed to have curative properties. A food used as a drug.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

nutr(itious) + (pharm)aceutical.

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Blend of nutrient and pharmaceutical


  • However, the term nutraceutical as commonly used in marketing has no regulatory definition (2).

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  • Update: Meg sez, Coke's not making a skin cream, it is a 'nutraceutical' beverage to be called Lumae.

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  • The term "nutraceutical" was coined from "nutrition" and "pharmaceutical" in 1989 by Stephen DeFelice, MD, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Innovation in Medicine (FIM), Cranford, NJ (1) According to DeFelice, nutraceutical can be defined as, "a food (or part of a food) that provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and/or treatment of a disease" (1).

    Nutraceutical - Definition and Introduction

  • Although they often take on slick, medical-sounding names like "nutraceutical" or "cosmeceutical," the FDA regulates edible beauty products as dietary supplements -- a category that includes vitamins, minerals and herbs.

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  • Long before the term 'nutraceutical' entered today's vocabulary, Man has consumed liquorice for thousands of years for ailments ranging from coughs to constipation.

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  • As obesity and chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes continue to reach epidemic proportions, we need to look outside the medicine box for lifestyle, nutritional and nutraceutical options to fight this uphill battle.

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  • In a recent press release distributed by shelter pet advocate and pet nutraceutical manufacturer Flexcin International, the following stats were in evidence:In an online survey, Flexcin asked approximately 1,250 pet owners nationwide between the ages of 21-30 and roughly 61% said they would rather adopt an older dog instead of a brand new puppy.

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  • Another nutraceutical agent, S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM-e), also first used by holistic doctors, is commonly used to support other forms of liver damage.

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  • A big problem is that FICO's system does not recognize that someone's "non-compliance" with a drug prescription may reflect a conscious decision to go with a non-drug alternative herb, nutraceutical, homeopathic, etc.

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  • Moreno DA, Carvajal M, López-Berenguer C, García-Viguera C. "Chemical and biological characterisation of nutraceutical compounds of broccoli."

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