Digestion of Nutraceuticals for Element Analysis with ICP

Since more and more people worldwide actively look for alternatives to pharmaceuticals, the impact of nutraceuticals constantly increases. This is a review about the regulations and the digestion of nutraceuticals, including examples as well as an overview about relevant digestion reactors.

“Let the food be your medicine.” This famous citation originates from Hippocrates, a Greek philosopher known as the father of medicine, and it nicely meets the idea of nutraceuticals.

The term is a combination of the words “nutrient” and “pharmaceutical”, and refers to biologically active food components which are derived from food sources that claim to provide additional health benefits compared to the original nutritional value.

Since nowadays more and more humans look for natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals the impact and the market for nutraceuticals significantly increased throughout the last years.

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