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Nutraceutical Q&A with Dr. Johnson & Dr. J

Posted by Abbi Swanson on 5th Nov 2021

Nutraceutical Q&A with Dr. Johnson & Dr. J


While pharmaceuticals are well defined and widely used in today’s health & wellness industry, trends have shifted in favor of a more natural, organic approach to a healthier lifestyle ‒ and with this shift in mindset, nutraceuticals jump into the spotlight. To better understand the world of nutraceuticals, we sat down with Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Lanny Johnson, and Clinical Pharmacist, Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen (Dr. J), to answer your questions about all things nutraceutical!

Q: As an orthopedic surgeon and a clinical pharmacist, what is your definition of a nutraceutical? 

Dr. Johnson: a food containing health-giving additives and having medicinal benefits.

Dr. J: A nutraceutical is a science based supplement and many companies would spend the extra efforts and research to make nutraceutical whereas, other companies just make dietary supplements without credible science-based formulations.

Q: Do you take nutraceuticals and why?

Dr. Johnson: Yes. I believe they have health and wellness benefits.

Dr. J: YES. I have been taking dietary supplements for the past 25 years and I am always a believer of the supplements that I am taking. I noticed the big difference in my health and overall wellness.

Q: In your opinion, do nutraceuticals have any credible science behind them?

Dr. Johnson: Some do and some do not. The one I am working on does have credible science and was studied as though to eventually qualify as a drug.

Dr. J: Only 1% of the companies spend the money on research for a science-based ingredient or a trade-mark ingredient, the 99% of the rest will NOT care or spend the time or research on making their supplements.

Q: How do nutraceuticals work?

Dr. Johnson: A nutraceutical is like any other healthy food it is absorbed into the system and renders the potential benefit. The nutraceutical is concentration of a single or selected reagent.

Dr. J: It works like a food where it will be absorbed into your body and provides the benefits for your overall health. Normally, your body will NOT get enough vitamins and minerals from three meals that you eat in a day; BUT the nutraceutical or (dietary supplement) that you take daily will work to prevent any deficiencies or improve overall health and wellness.

Q: Is there any evidence that nutraceuticals can prevent disease?

Dr. Johnson: I do not know of any clinical studies of such.

Dr. J: There are not many substantial data or clinical studies to prove that nutraceuticals can prevent disease BUT I have seen first hand from my own experience that I take nutraceutical for the last 25 years and I am in the BEST health compared to my peers, classmates and my brothers and sister who do not take nutraceuticals.

Q: Is there a difference between nutraceuticals and dietary supplements?

Dr. Johnson: I believe the two categories are similar.

Dr. J: I already explained the difference between the two. I hope people will start paying attention to supplement companies when they advertise.

Q: What is the most important thing people should know about nutraceuticals?

Dr. Johnson: They need to verify that they are safe and read the associated science.

Dr. J: I think that people don’t know what to look for and they all depend on the advertisement from the company. I think people buy nutraceuticals due to their chronic conditions and the many side effects that drugs do not help them much so they resort to nutraceuticals.

As a formulator, I think consumers should pay more attention when they buy a supplement from any companies. They should focus on the ingredients, the science behind the ingredients and the clinical data if there are any to the products. Try the nutraceutical’s product for a month to three months and if nothing happens then you probably need to move on to something else. Sometimes, the products will plateau out the effects so you might need to be on a holiday phase from that nutraceutical product.