THE NEWER DIMENSIONS OF NUTRACEUTICALS IN THE PROSPECTIVE OF ITS VALIDATION-A REVIEW
Dr. K. Santhi, Ravi Kiran S. N., Sunil Kumar G., Pradeep Kumar S. K., Anand S., Shridhar M.*
A nutraceutical is a food or a part of a food substance that provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of diseases. The food products used as nutraceutical are Probiotic, Prebiotic, Dietary fiber, Omega 3 fatty acid, and antioxidants. In this article an attempt has been made to outline the basic aspects of nutraceuticals such as its classification, and importance and complexity as dietary supplements. From various literatures few of the critical validation aspects of nutraceuticals like complexity of nutraceutical market, an emerging need for official dietary supplement testing methodology, and its role and applications as supplement in herbal medicine, regulatory acts and issues in India relevant to nutraceuticals, sample set validation of nutraceuticals, few of the research reports on validation of few selected nutraceuticals with current scenario and future prospects are compiled and reviewed , which would help to frame a fundamental idea on the validation aspects of nutraceuticals.
Keywords: Nutraceuticals, diet supplements, complexity, validation, research aspects.
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