Nutraceuticals are Nutritional Supplements to Improve Health

Nutraceuticals are dietary supplements, and dietary fiber utilized to ameliorate health, delay senescence, prevent diseases and support the proper functioning of the human body. Currently, nutraceuticals are getting substantial attention due to their nutrition and therapeutic potential. They have benefits over medicine because they avoid side effects. Based on their source, they are categorized into different terms such as nutrients, dietary supplements, herbals, dietary fiber, etc. The global market for nutraceuticals is huge i.e approximately USD 117 billion. An herbal nutraceutical is a powerful tool in maintaining health and acting against nutritionally induced diseases, thus promoting optimal health, longevity, and quality of life.

Studies have shown promising results of nutraceuticals to treat several diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, etc. In the present review, an overview of various bioactive ingredients which act as nutraceuticals (carbohydrates, lipids, edible flowers, alkaloids, medicinal plants, etc.) and their role in health benefits have been discussed. Further application of nutraceuticals in various disease prevention has been also discussed.

This unique work compiles the latest knowledge around veterinary nutraceuticals, commonly referred to as dietary supplements, from ingredients to final products in a single source. More than sixty chapters organized in seven sections collate all related aspects of nutraceutical research in animal health and disease, among them many novel topics: common nutraceutical ingredients (Section-I), prebiotics, probiotics, synbiotics, enzymes, and antibacterial alternatives (Section-II), applications of nutraceuticals in prevention and treatment of various diseases such as arthritis, periodontitis, diabetes, cognitive dysfunctions, mastitis, wounds, immune disorders, and cancer (Section-III), utilization of nutraceuticals in specific animal species (Section-IV), safety and toxicity evaluation of nutraceuticals and functional foods (Section-V), recent trends in nutraceutical research and product development (Section-VI), as well as regulatory aspects for nutraceuticals (Section-VII).

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The future of nutraceuticals and functional foods in veterinary medicine seems bright, as novel nutraceuticals will emerge and new uses of old agents will be discovered. International contributors to this book cover a variety of specialties in veterinary medicine, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, toxicology, chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, nutrition, drug development, regulatory frameworks, and the nutraceutical industry. This is a highly informative and carefully presented book, providing scientific insight for academia, veterinarians, and governmental and regulatory agencies with an interest in animal nutrition, complementary veterinary medicine, nutraceutical product development, and research.



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