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11. Nutraceutical Industry

Authors : Mohab Anis, Ghada AlTaher, Wesam Sarhan, Mona Elsemary

Published in: Nanovate

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

With the increased costs associated with diseases and their treatment, nutraceuticals are being increasingly adopted by different consumers. Nutraceuticals represent a certain class of dietary supplements that are able to achieve both health and medicinal benefits. However, some nutraceutical ingredients suffer from poor delivery, insolubility and undesired side effects. The introduction of nanotechnology within the nutraceutical industry allows it to overcome such problems. Thus, several nano-based nutraceutical products already exist in the market. Nevertheless, safety concerns have risen concerning such nano-based nutraceuticals because, as the material decreases to the nanoscale, its ability to diffuse into different parts of the body, including the blood brain barrier, increases. Thus, this necessitates the conducting of intensive safety studies for these products. It should be noted, however, that the lack of regulations concerning nano-based nutraceuticals has allowed easy entrance of different products into the market.
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Metadata
Title
Nutraceutical Industry
Authors
Mohab Anis
Ghada AlTaher
Wesam Sarhan
Mona Elsemary
Copyright Year
2017
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44863-3_11