What is nutraceutical therapy?
Nutraceuticals are foods or products derived from food that have health benefits. There are a wide variety of products that can fall under the term nutraceutical. The following are some examples:
- Amino acids
- Isolated nutrients such as lycopene and beta-carotene
- Dietary supplements such as the B complex vitamins
These products may come in liquid, pill, powder or capsule form. In nutraceutical therapy, a specialist creates individualized treatment recommendations designed to prevent and treat specific health conditions.
WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF NUTRACEUTICAL THERAPY?
Nutraceuticals have been used to:
- Reduce drug cravings
- Boost energy
- Relieve anxiety
- Improve mental clarity
- Enhance sleep quality and quantity
- Provide an overall sense of well-being
- Prevent chronic disease
For many patients, the most significant benefit is that there are no known side effects. Because of this, some drug rehabilitation centers make nutraceuticals and other naturopathic therapies available to their patients.
WHAT CONDITIONS/DISORDERS CAN NUTRACEUTICAL THERAPY POTENTIALLY BENEFIT?
Derived from the words “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical,” nutraceuticals are believed to aid in the treatment of a variety of illnesses, including addiction and other chronic diseases. Nutraceutical therapy is typically used in conjunction with other forms of therapy to put the body in the best position to heal itself.