Nanotechnology – A Game Changer For Nutraceuticals

Updated: Jan 8

Herbal medicines have been used from years throughout the world; especially in India, herbal medicines are in high demand. The use of herbal medicines has increased because of their ability to prevent and treat different diseases with fewer side effects. The development of novel drug delivery systems (NDDS) is of considerable importance to overcome various constraints like poor bioavailability, in vivo stability, aqueous insolubility, intestinal absorption and unspecified site of action. The integration of the Nano science as a NDDS in the traditional system of medicine enriches the potential of herbal drugs for treating chronic diseases such as cancer and ravaging diseases. The synthesis of nanoparticles can be achieved by adopting novel methodologies such as Polymer nanoparticle, Magnetic nanoparticle and Metallic nanoparticle depending on characteristics of the nanoparticles.

Nutraceuticals have been recently getting more attention because of their potential to boost the immune system and prevent various diseases. However, several problems such as poor solubility, poor bioavailability, low oral absorption, instability and unpredictable toxicity of herbal medicines limit their use. In order to overcome such problems, nanoparticles can play a vital role. Hence, different nanoparticles show potential utilization to deliver herbal medicines with better therapy. In recent times, the synthesis method of nanoparticles and characterization of nanoparticles and natural turmeric and its parts or their product like Nano Curcumin have been reported or utilized as anticancer, antioxidant, anti-anxiety, anti-malarial, liver and kidney tonic and also for cardiovascular diseases. These medicinal properties are attributed by metabolites like salvianolic acid B, triptolide, ginkolic acid and paclitaxol, etc. However, many herbal drugs possessed poor aqueous solubility, physical instability, low absorption, lower bioavailability and slow pharmacological actions. To overcome these disadvantages, drug delivery systems that contain nanocarriers have been developed. Nano-coating herbal drugs were produced by using various methods like homogenization technique, sequential simplex optimization, solvent evaporation method and wet and dry precipitation technique etc. Because of their small size and high surface area to volume ratio, nanoparticles drug carriers improve pharmacokinetic and biodistribution of therapeutic agents. Other than their site specific action they can bypass Blood Brain Barrier (BBB), improve the solubility of hydrophobic compounds as well as increase their stability.

Vitalyse Wellness Strips™ proprietary nanotechnology has led to the development of Wellness Strip™ that is a breakthrough in delivering nutrients to the body. It offers the fastest absorption and highest bioavailability of all nutrients across all classes and is easy to consume and carry around. It is the easiest to consume as compared to any other form like capsules, tablets etc, and is a major boon for people who have trouble swallowing pills or suffer from Pill fatigue.

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