Since the invention of the freezer and the refrigerator, the American diet has evolved exponentially. No one could ever guess that an appliance designed for convenience would change the way we eat, forever.
However, with a refrigerator popping up in every home, groceries with a longer shelf life and fewer nutrients, also increased. It is now common knowledge that even the most balanced of diets do not include all necessary nutrients for our bodies regardless of goal.
With nutraceuticals, there is no longer a fear of vitamin or mineral deficiencies. For those who can’t drink three kale smoothies a day, Nutraceuticals are able to provide what you are missing from your diet. We will discuss the market nutraceuticals and how the most popular types we manufacture.
Modern Diet Woes
The need for Nutraceuticals is directly correlated with the modern diet and lifestyle. Even if your diet is healthier than the average, it's likely you’re not getting a daily dose of all vital nutrients. Nutraceuticals are ideal for reversing the effects modern diet have caused the body and achieving health goals.
Entrepreneurs have seen the way consumer are adopting these in their everyday lives and are cashing in. Starting nutraceutical companies are not as daunting a task as it seems when you work with a manufacturer like ABH Pharma.
What Are Nutraceuticals?
Nutra from nutrition and ceutical from pharmaceuticals brings you the term Nutraceutical. It’s fitting, as it is a concentration of naturally sourced nutrition in the form of a capsule, pill, or powder. Nutraceuticals are all natural and sourced from whole foods.
Obesity, diabetes, and cancer are some of the deadliest illnesses from the modern diet. For those who become an active participant in their health, straying from the norm is required. Diets like keto, paleo, and mediterranean are on the rise as people are finally coming around to recognizing the need to return to the very source of food with high nutritional density and are looking beyond convenience.
Nutraceuticals are a practical solution to a very serious need with many different variations of benefits they cover. The modern diet isn’t the only thing plaguing the health of millions of Americans. Pollution, plastic, and stress also play a huge role in the decline of people's overall health.
Here are a few variations of supplements we can create and their benefits:
Antioxidants: Flavonoids, Glucosinolates, Isoprenoids are phytochemicals found in fresh fruit, vegetables, leafy greens, beans, herb, nuts, and spices. Antioxidants are the health “powerhouse” in all whole foods. These cancer-fighting phytochemicals protect cells from free radicals. This includes Vitamins C, E, A and carotenoids.
The body naturally produces both free radicals and antioxidants. However, with the modern diet and lifestyle, free radicals far outweigh the combating antioxidants and thus require supplementation. A great supplement for something like that could be our Cranberry Extracts 50:1 Antioxidants build and support the immune system and also act as an anti-aging agent for the skin, and repairs damaged cells.
Probiotics: Nutraceuticals provide readily available probiotics for the gut. Probiotics are a bacteria and yeast the rebuild and repair the “ecosystem” of the digestive tract. Unwanted bacteria and matter get backed up for years. This deadly “plug” of sorts makes the gut unable to metabolize efficiently, absorb vitamins and nutrients and keeps the body from being able to pass toxic waste.
Nutraceuticals not only serve to fight the toxins that leak from the gut but also tackle to root problem. Nutraceuticals are not to fight symptoms but to aid in healing the actual nutritional deficit.
Prebiotics: Probiotics are the bacteria needed for gut health while prebiotics is the food that feeds the good bacteria. Prebiotics feed these bacteria in the form of a carbohydrate that is actually a fiber that the human body can’t digest.
So, this fiber will not be metabolized or absorbed. Prebiotics will remain functional as long as there are healthy bacteria in the gut to feed. You don’t need to take probiotics in order to receive the benefits of prebiotics. Fortunately, with nutraceuticals, you get both.
Dietary Fiber: Dietary fiber can neither be absorbed or digested. Dietary fiber ensures absorption of vitamins and minerals, lowers LDL cholesterol, and controls blood sugar levels. The benefits of fiber are found in their bulking and viscous properties.Dietary fiber is essential to creating regular bowel movements which are such a crucial and overlooked telltale sign of good or bad health.
Other categories of nutraceuticals include spices, polyphenols, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Everyday Terms for Nutraceuticals
Nutraceuticals may already be a part of your diet without you realizing it. Here are the most common types of nutraceuticals:
- Essential fatty acids (omega-3)
- Multi-mineral formulas
- Amino acids
If all these benefits aren’t found in nature, why not just eat whole fruits, veggies, herbs, and nuts instead?
What to Look For in a Nutraceutical
Not all nutraceuticals are created equal. They come in the following 3 grades:
- Feed Grade
- Food Grace
- Pharmaceutical Grade
These grades refer to the technology used, the quality of the nutritional source, and purity of the nutraceutical. Pharmaceutical grade nutraceuticals require a higher standard than the other and are the ideal grade, though the others provide the same benefits just with different processing standards.
So overall, their role in the modern diet is to provide us with the things we wouldn't normally ingest and even more of the things we already do.