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The Birth of Nutraceuticals

Written by Dr Robert Verkerk

Find out how nutraceuticals first evolved and are now a booming industry bringing the power of plants to a shelf near you.

Introduction

While pharma engaged in intensive research and developments on new, patented drugs, and was forced to spend more and more money on both safety and efficacy trials required by licensing authorities, its earlier research on nutrients was largely abandoned. The companies continued to manufacture and sell vitamins and minerals, and the one-a-day multi-vitamin and –mineral supplement became the norm on many a breakfast table. These products, like their counterparts today, were seen largely as daily insurance for the prevention of deficiency diseases like scurvy, beriberi, pellagra and rickets.

Robert Verkerk is a leading scientist in the healthcare field and is the founder of the Alliance for Natural Health.

Robert is an internationally acclaimed scientist with over 25 years experience in the field of agricultural and healthcare sustainability, having worked in academia, industry and the not-for-profit sector. He has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Australia, the Americas as well as Europe. After leaving Imperial College London in 2002, he founded the Alliance for Natural Health, which he has headed since.

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