Six Popular Nutritional Supplements And Nutraceuticals

By Tiffany Gill


Nutritional supplements and nutraceuticals now make up a huge and expanding market among consumers. It is estimated to be worth around $25 billion dollars each year in the US alone. Much of this demand is being driven by affluent baby boomers and younger consumers who are willing to invest in their health and longevity. This short article will cover six nutritional supplements and some of their main benefits.

Blue-green algae and green foods: products such as chlorella, spirulina, barleygrass and wheatgrass have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect and are exploding in popularity among health-savvy consumers. They all contain very high concentrations of the compound chlorophyll, which in addition to the benefits already mentioned, also oxygenates the blood and has a strong deodorizing action.

Fish oil: Numerous studies have been conducted into the effects of fish oil consumption on human health. Simply put, it is one of the best all-round nutrients one can take. It has been found to combat inflammation, have a positive effect on bone health, brain health, preserve muscle mass and have marked anti-ageing properties. To cap it all, it is an inexpensive nutrient that even people on a budget can afford.

CoQ10: a relative newcomer to the scene, this compound is a vital nutrient for cellular function. It can help boost energy, benefit heart health and help combat inflammation. It's effects on the healthy functioning of cell mitochondria is also considered by some anti-ageing researchers to aid life expectancy.

Curcumin: this is a supplement that is rapidly growing in popularity. It is a powder derived from turmeric, best known as the ingredient that gives curry its distinctive yellow color. It has a strong anti-inflammatory action and can be helpful for those suffering with conditions such as arthritis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and gout. It has also shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular health and shows great promise as an anti-cancer compound.

Probiotics: poor digestive health afflicts an enormous number of people over forty in the United States and the rest of the developed world. Excess gas, constipation, diarrhea and skin problems are all tell-tale signs that one's digestion is wanting. This is often due to a paucity of beneficial intestinal flora; the 'good' bacteria that is essential to maintaining digestive health. A good probiotic can restore this flora and thus proper functioning of the digestive tract.

Glucosamine: poor joint health is another problem that afflicts huge numbers of older people in the developed world. Poor mobility as well as chronic pain are two symptoms that cause considerable discomfort for literally millions of people. No wonder that glucosamine sulphate is such a popular product. It can help to keep cartilage in good order and thus aid mobility and alleviate joint pain.

The market for these kind of nutritional supplements and nutraceuticals is expected to continue growing. The developing demand for them in markets such as China demonstrates how people everywhere are taking a proactive role in their health. By bolstering their intake of crucial nutrients they can be sure they are giving themselves a better chance of excellent and lasting health.




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