Nutraceutical products are starting to become a trend widely consumed by the public. Nutraceuticals are products derived from food sources intended to simultaneously provide multiple benefits and health benefits.
This was conveyed by the Halal Audit Quality Board of LPPOM MUI, Dr. Ir. Mulyorini Rahayuningsih Hilwan, M.Si, in a webinar titled, “Bringing Nutraceutical Products to the Global Halal Market by Obtaining Halal Certificate,” which was held in collaboration with LPPOM MUI and Vitafoods Asia some time ago.
Nutraceutical products are starting to be widely consumed by the public because they have many benefits. Some prevent chronic diseases, improve health, delay aging, increase life expectancy, and support body structure or function.
“There are two classifications of nutraceutical products. They are food supplements and functional foods,” explained Mulyorini.
First, food supplements aim to complement the nutritional value of food, such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, other plants, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissue, glands, and metabolites. Dietary supplements can also be extracts or concentrates and can be found in various forms, such as tablets, capsules, soft gels, gelcaps, liquids, or powders.
Second, functional food is processed food that contains one or more functional components that, based on research, have specific physiological functions, proven to be harmless and beneficial for health (BPOM, 2005).
“Looking at their function, nutraceutical products are included in the products that require halal certification. This is because the product is consumed directly as a food supplement/functional food, so its halal status must be considered. The possibility of a halal critical point in materials, processes, and production facilities is also quite high,” explained Mulyorini. (YN)