What Should You Know About Nutraceuticals?

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MBBS, DNB - Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic Doctor, Delhi  •  14 years experience
What Should You Know About Nutraceuticals?

Nutraceuticals usually get thought of as a chemical product taken from foods. They are known to have health benefits also provide protection against chronic diseases. There are certain nutraceuticals apart from vitamins and minerals, which are good for spine and joint problems. These include glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, fish oils, and the herb Boswellia.

The dietary ingredients in all these products might include amino acids and substances like enzymes or organ tissues. Dietary supplements could be extracts or concentrates. They could be found in many different forms like a snack bar.

How Do Nutraceuticals Work? 
Supplemental nutraceuticals work on a human body by providing it with extra nutrition. Whenever one’s diet is unable to meet all the nutrients required by the body, then these nutraceuticals or supplemental nutrients may turn out to be extremely helpful. If anyone is ill, injured or he or she puts in extra hard work, then all these can increase the number of nutrients, which their body needs.

Reasons Behind Prescribing Nutraceuticals -

Nutraceutical gets prescribed because it is difficult to find a healthy diet. Many people think that the healthy diet and feel that they have everything that their body needs for good health but in reality, it does not turn out to be so.  Supplementary nutrition is required as most people do not consume an ideal diet. Over a period of time, the body starts to show the effects of a not so perfect diet.

Some of the signs to show that there is a lack of nutritional health include:

  • Joint stiffness on a regular basis
  • Body pains
  • Frequently getting injured.

All these instances are clear indications that there is a decreased level of nutritional health. This is where nutraceuticals can be an ideal way to fill up one’s system with chemical elements.

Tips On How Nutraceuticals Can Help In Orthopaedics
Nutraceuticals can work wonders for people suffering from joint pains. The following tips should be followed:

  • People who have brittle bones due to osteoporosis can get tremendous help from supplemental nutraceuticals.
  • They can be used to rebuild as well as restore the strength of their bones.
  • Use two nutritional supplements like Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate, which can be helpful towards building connective tissue like the cartilage that provides a cushion to the joints.
  • People suffering from osteoporosis of different parts like hips, hands, knees, jaw and lower back can have positive effects from nutraceuticals.
  • Nutraceuticals can provide strength to one's body, which helps people to face up to any kind of stress on their system.
  • These would help in controlling the chemical irritants, which inflame one’s tissues.
  • These supplements can help reduce nerve pain stimulation.
  • It leads to a decrease in the stiffening of muscles, joints and connective tissue.
In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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