Consumers increasingly want food products that offer health benefits in addition to basic nutritional value. Whether used for foods, beverages, or dietary supplements, nutraceuticals allow companies to market to these consumers while also making their products more helpful and competitive.

What Are Nutraceuticals?

A nutraceutical is a food or part of a food that provides an extra health benefit in addition to its normal nutritional value. The term is a combination of the two words "nutrition" and "pharmaceutical," which hints at the connection between nutraceuticals and remedies.

There is no unified definition of a nutraceutical, so individual products vary greatly. A nutraceutical may be an ingredient derived from a food, a specific component of a food product, or a food in its original form. Nutraceuticals can be sourced from plants and animals or synthesized.

Different types and applications for Nutraceuticals

When backed by strong evidence, nutraceutical ingredients make great additions to food products targeted at health-conscious consumers. They are an easy way to boost nutritional content within the bounds of a normal diet. Following products, depending on the grade and the dosage, can be regarded as nutraceuticals:

  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Plant and dairy proteins
  • Amino acids
  • Fatty acids such as omega 3
  • Antioxidants
  • Fibers

Examples of applications for nutraceutical products include dietary supplements and functional foods. Dietary supplements include products such as capsules, tablets and powder mixes. Functional foods are mostly our common food and beverage products enriched with a meaningful dosage of an ingredients with health benefits.

In addition to offering health benefits, nutraceuticals can come with practical technological properties. For example, antioxidants like ascorbic acid provide vitamin function for the human body and at the same time protect the beverage against color loss. Other nutraceuticals such as, beta-carotene and lutein, even provide natural color.

Here are just a few examples of functional foods on the market today:

  • Fortified margarine
  • Milk fortified with vitamin D
  • Probiotic and prebiotic yogurt
  • Juice fortified with calcium
  • Baby food with DHA

Whether you are making fortified foods or food supplements to gain a competitive edge, choosing the right nutraceutical ingredients is the first step.


Please check carefully the laws and regulations applicable for you. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

Get in touch

To learn more about nutraceuticals and their applications please contact your local Food expert.

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