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Foods, Volume 6, Issue 9 (September 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The concept of nutraceuticals as pharma-foods comes from far. In a pure olistic approach food has [...] Read more. The concept of nutraceuticals as pharma-foods comes from far. In a pure olistic approach food has first been used as therapeutic agent, then it developed into drugs, more recently into food supplements and finally landed to nutraceuticals. This seems to suggest that our approach is turning back to food as medicine! Nonetheless, food supplement and nutraceutical definition partially overlap: both claim beneficial effects for health. There is the need of rethinking the concept itself, starting from phytocomplexes and/or active secondary metabolites, and restructure the entire regulatory framework of dietary supplements defining nutraceuticals as a new category and giving credit to their role in the prevention and cure of some pathological conditions. View this paper