Nutrition and pharmaceuticals are integral part of health management of human beings. Nutrition promotes well-being and pharmaceuticals restores health. Nutraceutical per se is meant to be a food constituent or a derivative of it aimed at providing the body with health benefits that can be validated by medical/ scientific research. It includes natural substances or their formulations that help in the prevention and treatment of a target disease. Being composed of natural active ingredients, it is expected that the therapeutic and/ or preventative action is with minimal side effects.

Nutrition + Pharmaceuticals = Nutraceuticals

There are over 10,000 diseases and disorders humans have been documented to suffer but cures are available for merely 500 of these! This is indeed alarming and Nutraceuticals offer a viable option for healthier living. Be it the joints, heart, liver, brain, eyes, skin, hair, or any other aging-prone body part or organ, nutraceutical ingredients offer a wellness support to ensure positive health.

According to Nutraceuticals Institute (NI) of Saint Joseph University (Philadelphia, USA): “Nutraceuticals are natural, bioactive chemical compounds that have health promoting, disease preventing or medicinal properties.” The ingredients are isolated and extracted from natural sources and resources and formulated as a health providing tablet, capsule, liquid, powders, granules, candies and similar other forms.

There are over 5,000 known and available nutraceutical ingredients that can support multifarious health concerns. Frequency of nutraceuticals use is 50%-70% in developed countries’ population and this number is increasing by the age.

There are Overlaps in Definitions of Nutraceuticals and Dietary Supplements, with Nutraceuticals Being More Specific in their Structure-Function Rationales

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS: Dietary supplements are intended to add to or supplement the diet and are different from conventional food. They can be offered in many forms, including tablets, capsules, soft gels, capsules, powders, bars, gummies, and oral liquids. However, they are not as much purified as biochemicals, or as extensively researched as nutraceuticals for structure-function medical benefits.


Cosmetics signify beauty but nutraceuticals provide a cutting edge to the otherwise sheer make-up industry.

Cosmetics + Nutraceuticals = Cosmeceuticals

In simple terms it is a cosmetic product that has medicinal or pharmaceutical drug-like health actions. Commercially, cosmeceutical products are marketed as value-added cosmetics that contain biologically active ingredients backed by research.

For centuries the cosmetic industry has been synonymous with Skin and Hair make ups. But this is superfluous and there is increasing acceptance is both skin as well as hair caring needs to be more penetrative to spell more lasting cosmetic appeal.

Cleansing of skin is a function of soap but a soap blended with suitable nutraceutical ingredients can additionally provide added functionality in terms of lightening dark patches, contributing to skin glow and many other varied benefits as per the consumer need and preferences.


  • The demand for nutricosmetics is driven by “beauty from within”, and “internal health for external beauty” concepts. Nutricosmetics are value-added nutritional or dietary supplements formulated as dosage forms (ingestible capsules, tablets, or liquids / beverages). They contain ingredients that have health benefits that harmonize the internal physiology and have a positive effect on the external appearance of the skin, hair, and nails.
  • In other words, they are health formulations that support the health and appearance of the person by nourishing the body, while highlighting a person’s natural beauty and appearance. Nutricosmetic formulations may be specifically designed to enhance beauty internally and externally and also reduce hair fall and help heal skin damaged due to sunburns, aging, etc.