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Pharmaceuticals vs Nutraceuticals: Time to Learn Useful Facts

Pharmaceuticals vs Nutraceuticals: Time to Learn Useful Facts

Thursday December 15, 2022

Once Thomas Edison quote that the doctor of future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs but rather will prevent disease with nutrition. This prediction appears to be correct, since the nutraceuticals market is predicted to grow at a rate of over 35 % annually over the next five years, reaching $18 billion.  


This rising demand for nutraceuticals reflects vitamin deficit in the body as a result of changing lifestyles and dietary habits. Pharmaceutical medication is a chemical or active ingredient with no nutritional value that is utilised for medical purposes. A drug is a chemically manufactured substance that is primarily used to treat or cure diseases. On the other hand, nutraceutical products are used to restore vital micronutrients in the body and hence aid in disease prevention. 


An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This proverb has never been truer than it is today. In addition to the most common chronic diseases, we are constantly faced with new viruses.


To understand the difference between pharmaceutical and nutraceutical further, let’s first define what nutraceutical means. Nutraceuticals is a broad umbrella term that is used to describe any product derived from food sources with extra health benefits in addition to the basic nutritional value found in foods.  

The term “nutraceutical” combines the two words of “nutrient,” which is a nourishing food component, and “pharmaceutical,” which is a medical drug. Nutraceutical products can be considered non-specific biological therapies used to promote general well-being, control symptoms, and prevent malignant processes.The philosophy behind nutraceuticals is to focus on prevention, according to the saying by a Greek physician Hippocrates (known as the father of medicine) who said “let food be your medicine”.  

Benefits of Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical  

 Pharmaceutical firms that create a unique product may be able to gain a monopoly in the market by claiming various intellectual property rights, however nutraceutical companies that create supplements from natural sources are unable to claim patents because their products are not novel. 

Though both of them can also be used to treat illnesses, nutraceuticals produced organically have less negative effects and more therapeutic benefits than medicines. This could be one of the reasons behind the market’s growing need for nutraceuticals. A pharmaceutical agent is recommended for specific illness conditions including cardiovascular and neurological problems since it has a defined mechanism of action, whereas a nutraceutical supplement can be advocated for an individual’s overall well-being. 

Some distinctions include the fact that pharmaceuticals can only be consumed if recommended by a doctor, whereas nutraceuticals do not require a prescription. With no serious adverse effects, nutraceuticals operate slowly but effectively to prevent disease. Pharmaceuticals, on the other side, are linked to side effects and provide immediate or rapid recovery from disease symptoms rather than the disease itself. 

Safety of Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Products 

It’s impossible to discuss either pharmaceuticals or nutraceuticals and not consider safety. Pharmaceutical products need to go through a thorough testing on humans and animals before they gain FDA approval. Scientists carry out detailed research understanding the benefits and side-effects of a medicine before they are applied on humans.  

On the other hand, there is no need to go through clinical testing for the nutraceutical products. They are derived from natural components and usually they won’t cause any negative effects. The products from which nutraceuticals are derived are natural and they come up as a part of human diet.  

In reality, no two human bodies are the same, and neither are the lifestyles. Therefore, we all will have varying reactions to pharmaceuticals or nutraceuticals. And in a world like ours with new health challenges every day, there is room for both. 

ou can sum up their difference in this way: use pharmaceuticals, when necessary to treat serious disease. Use nutraceuticals to prevent diseases and enhance life.  

We at Zeon Lifesciences aim for 

“Good Health for All” 

Zeon is serving with 30+ years of experience in the industry. We are working meticulously to bring the knowledge of nature with innovation and advanced technology in the form of unique combinations to our consumers. Our in-house formulas and manufactured products are for all age groups in various SKUs such as Powders, Diskettes, Tablets, capsules, Oral liquids granules, etc.  

Zeopure is a strategic business unit of Zeon Lifesciences Ltd, dedicated to development of novel food & nutraceutical ingredients of the finest quality and purity. Our High Quality Ingredients are Solubilized curcuminoids powder, Solubilized CoQ10 powder, High Oleic Sunflower fat powder, Fat powder, Calcium Caseinate, Sodium Caseinate, Solubilized Vit. D2 & D3 powder. We are committed to every aspect of operation, be it the product consistency, technical support, testing, documentation or delivery.  

In addition to third party manufacturing and private labelling, Zeonutra (a new vertical of Zeon), has products that help in improving health, delaying aging, preventing and support the structure and function of the body directly available to the end consumer. All products have received interest due to their immune boosting potential, good quality, safety, and therapeutic effects.  



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