Nutraceuticals today are no longer just “food supplements”. They are among the main fighters against cardio-metabolic risk factors. Products such as extracts of red rice, phytosterols and omega-3 fish are ideal for a wide segment of the population that needs a preventive intervention for moderate alterations of cholesterol / triglycerides. For hypertensive people they offer amazing results using beet juice, bitter chocolate and its extracts: flavanols. But nutraceuticals have now achieved goals far more extensive. Today the prevention and treatment of early forms of macular degeneration, the eye disease of blindness in the elderly, is dramatically improved with the use of nutraceuticals. Such is the case of joint diseases and food integrators in sports, which avoids the risk of potential doping. Nutraceuticals also differentiate gender needs and requirements, with treatments directed to pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause. Nutraceuticals also target areas where pharma has failed. Among these some neurological diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s disease, faced with new perspectives, different from ineffective therapies of anti beta-amyloids. They also offer important innovations in the treatment of obesity.
May 28, 2015