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What are nutraceuticals?

The term "nutraceutical" is a combination of the words "nutrient" and "pharmaceutical." Nutraceuticals contains therapeutic compounds isolated from plants and whole foods. 

What is the difference between a supplement and a nutraceutical?

A nutraceutical is derived from a whole food and used for a particular purpose, whereas a supplement is an umbrella term for any substance that can be used to enhance or modify your intake of nutrients. 

What is an example of a nutraceutical?

Curcumin is a well-known nutraceutical derived from turmeric root. Extracted from turmeric for its anti-inflammatory benefits, curcumin is often used to manage inflammation. Other common nutraceuticals include omega-3 fatty acids, CoQ10, and EGCG from green tea. 

Are nutraceuticals the same thing as drugs?

Nutraceuticals are similar to drugs because they are intended to cause a specific effect in the body. Using EGCG, a nutraceutical from green tea, to improve cellular health is one example. However, nutraceuticals are not considered drugs.

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