The term neoceuticals is coined from the prefix “neo”- which means new or recent, or in a modern form. Added to the prefix is the word “ceuticals”. There is really no definition from any dictionary online on the second term; however it is commonly referred to in medical manufacturing industry as “products with medical or medicinal properties” which are not be regulated by law.
Ceuticals are used in skincare, health and fitness, food industries and of course, the drug and medical industry. They are actually crucial project by some pharmaceuticals company themselves as an alternative to costly and imported medicines. Ceuticals are commonly related to food and nutritional supplements and many topical skin and hair care products.
Neoceuticals for body building, health and skin care
Neoceuticals are being popularized in the market as more people are coming to awareness about their own general health including skin care. Body building buffs, health-conscious and those committed to natural healing through supplementation are avid users of neoceuticals.
Neoceuticals can either be nutraceuticals or cosmeceuticals.
Nutraceuticals or nutriceuticals come in the form of nutritional foods and supplements. From fruits and vegetables, the medicinal elements are extracted, re-engineered and manufactured in capsule or extract form for consumption. Usually the rationale is to provide optimum health benefits in one capsule. For example, nutraceuticals provide the recommended dietary amount of Vitamin C in one pill rather than what you can get when you eat the whole fruit excluding seeds and rind. Most nutraceuticals contain antioxidants that are known to fight cancer and other life-threatening disease. Examples of these antioxidants are resveratrol found in red grapes and sulforaphane in broccoli.
Cosmeceutical is a term used in marketing topical products like creams, lotions, gels, ointments and shampoos. These are known to claim cosmetic and medicinal benefits such as those found in vitamins, anti-oxidants, essential oils or phytochemicals and enzymes. Cosmeceuticals are not strictly regulated by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) that is why you can see the creation of various cosmeceutical brands of skin and hair care. The FFDCA only acts on issues when users of these products complain of any harmful effects.
FDA and neoceuticals
Although FDA does not regulate the manufacturing process of these neoceuticals, there are regulations that companies must adhere to. In fact the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) requires that all ceutical products are safe prior to selling them in the market. The DSHEA also requires manufacturers that all claims on the products must only be made according to their nutritional structure and functions and never as an alternative for cure. This is the reason why you see the label “No Therapeutic Effect” on the products.