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America is Overmedicated: Pharmaceuticals Vs. Nutraceuticals

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50 percent of Americans have taken at least one prescription pill in the last month and more than 10 percent have taken five or more prescription drugs in the past month. As America continues to be the most medicated nation in the world, it may be time to stop and take a look at exactly what we are putting in our bodies.

In the U.S., the most commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals are pain pills, cholesterol lowering and blood pressure medications. While many of these drugs are lifesaving, it seems to be a quick fix for an even bigger problem. As Americans continue to use cholesterol and blood pressure medications, the root of the problem is overlooked.

The biggest cause of high cholesterol and blood pressure are obesity due to poor diet, lack of physical activity and smoking. While doctors prescribe millions of pharmaceuticals, in some cases it may be more advantageous to provide a prescription for a healthier lifestyle.

What we put in our bodies has a direct correlation with health and how we feel. This is why nutraceuticals are a wonderful alternative for a healthy lifestyle and body.

Nutraceuticals are defined as foods that provide health and medical benefits including the prevention and treatment of disease. Within the umbrella of nutraceuticals there are four categories:

1.   Dietary supplements:  vitamins and minerals

2.   Botanicals: plant-based supplements  such as ginseng

3.   Functional foods:  everyday foods such as grains, probiotics in yogurts, fish with Omega-3’s, fruits and vegetables that reduce cholesterol. All of these products are known to have positive health benefits and can be found in your local grocery store.

4.   Medicinal foods: food products enriched with medicines

Consuming nutraceuticals is a great way to keep a healthy body and actively prevent many of the diseases that cause the overuse of prescription pharmaceuticals.

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