Nutraceuticals are whole foods and products with medical and health benefits that have the ability to treat and prevent major diseases. Nutraceuticals are derived from a number of different natural sources, including plants, animals, and marine life. By adding nutraceuticals to your diet, you can become healthier and more energetic while also staving off serious, chronic diseases such as cognitive decline, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and more.

In most cases, you can incorporate nutraceuticals into your diet by eating certain foods rich in vitamins and minerals such as fruits and vegetables. Although some plants and other forms of nutraceuticals can be difficult to come by at your local grocery store, you can still purchase these items in supplement and pill forms.

Following are some common examples of foods that are often supplemented with nutraceuticals to boost their health benefits.

Value-added dairy products

Eggs and milk are major sources of protein and essential fatty acids (EFAs), the latter of which has the ability to rebuild cells, produce new cells, reduce high blood pressure, lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, improve skin and hair, reduce the risk for blood clots, and prevent diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

Look for eggs and milk that have added omega-3 fatty acids and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) for an extra nutritional boost that will help prevent  chronic diseases.

Fortified cereals and grains

Many healthier cereals and cereal bars have been fortified with vitamins and minerals, including calcium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Calcium is important for bone health and your teeth, while vitamins E and C play vital roles in immune system health and can prevent cardiovascular disease.

Read the nutritional labels of all cereal and grain products to verify that they have been fortified with these important vitamins and minerals.

Healthy “good” fats

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are considered good, healthy fats that will naturally alter your blood cholesterol levels and lower your risk for heart disease. These types of fats also have the ability to produce new cells, reduce the risk for blood clots, prevent arthritis, and can also reduce the risk for most cancers.

Examples of good fats you can add to your diet are avocado, almonds, olive oil, tuna, mackerel, salmon, flax seeds, and canola oil.

Probiotics

Probiotics are a form of “good” bacteria that can help prevent incidents of food poisoning, regulate gut flora, and contribute to better digestion and weight loss. A series of recent studies have shown that probiotics can help aging adults shed weight at a faster rate when consumed regularly, especially in women over the age of 50.

Probiotics can be found in healthy yogurt products that lack sugar and additives, and in foods such as kimchi, tempeh, pickles, and sauerkraut.

Flavonoids

Flavonoids are natural and healthy chemicals found in plants, fruits, and vegetables, and contain antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and prevent cell destruction. Flavonoids have been found to boost immune system function, lower blood pressure, improve cognition, prevent blood clots, and enhance sexual performance.

Eat fruits, vegetables, soy, and tea products to experience the health benefits of flavonoids.

Carotenoids

Carotenoids are phytonutrients that protect against heart disease, cancer, and macular degeneration in aging adults. Carotenoids are responsible for some of the orange, red, and yellow pigmentation in most fruits and vegetables.

Add a variety of all types of fruits and vegetables to your diet to reap the benefits of carotenoids, such as broccoli, kale, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, watermelon, peaches, apricots, citrus fruits, and tomato products.

Rock Creek Wellness currently offers a variety of nutraceutical product lines that can improve your health and help reverse the aging process. Call us today at 913-727-7700 to learn more about the nutraceutical products we offer, including Ortho Molecular Products, Metagenics™, and Life Extension®.