What is a nutraceutical?

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A nutraceutical is any substance that is a food or a part of a food that provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease.

It is important to note that this definition applies to all categories of food and food parts multi vitamins, minerasl, fatty acids, taurine supplements, flax seed oil, herbs, raw food diets or those special prescription ones that address a specific health issue such as kidney.
One of the most common uses of nutraceuticals is for pain. Nutraceutical medicine uses nutrients, often in supplement form, as a therapeutic agent. Supplements, such as glucosamine/chondroitin combinations, are administered for pain in dogs, especially for joint problems; they are considered to be all-natural, since they’re derived from cartilage.
Many foods and herbs have anti-inflammatory properties that are now being used often in the treatment of animal arthritis, as people are finding them a good alternative to NSAIDS or prescription medications. The herbs include substances such as boswellia, turmeric (and its extract, curcumin), and hawthorn as well as nettle leaf, licorice, and meadowsweet. Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapples, is known for having strong anti-inflammatory properties. Sometimes, though, certain herbs and supplements will work best when combined with another substance, and that can add to the cost.
Remember that all of these compounds should be used with care and under the supervision of your veterinarian. Doses vary considerably with the size, health condition, age, and even the breed of the animal. Some drugs have an ‘extra-label use,’ which means they may be given at a dosage or for a condition for which they were not FDA-approved.

Using more than one drug or supplement at the same time can greatly affect their effectiveness and toxicity. Always check with your veterinarian before giving any drug or supplement, and be sure your veterinarian knows about all of the drugs or supplements your pet is taking.

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