America is one of the world’s largest spenders of healthcare. Medicine is big business because profit margins are unreasonably high – sometimes more than four times when compared to other businesses. This has made the pharmaceutical industry one of the richest and most competitive in the world.

Challenging the pharmaceuticals hegemony in the field of healthcare is the newly born nutraceutical industry. The sales of nutraceutical products are growing and more researchers are looking for scientific evidence to support the claims made by nutraceutical companies.

This has led to a new wave of medical products. Consumers have more choice as some of the leading industry names have jumped into the nutraceutical products bandwagon to create healthful products. But a few perennial questions remain: what is the difference between the two? And which of the both is better suited to meet your healthcare needs?

This blog attempts to answer the first question by highlighting three big differences. By the end of the blog, you will be in a position to decide for yourself, which is better for you.


Pharmaceutical products are controlled and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (USFDA). They undergo rigorous quality and safety tests before they are introduced into markets.

nutraceutical products are not controlled and regulated by the USFDA. Some manufacturers make their products undergo very high quality tests before taking them into the market. Other manufacturers may not be so diligent. Still, it is possible to be assured of quality because several states offer optional regulation.


More than often a physician’s supervision is needed to use pharmaceutical products.

In comparison, many nutraceutical products are available as over-the-counter drugs. They can be used by almost any one.

Side effects

Pharmaceutical products have higher rates of negative side effects, because they are chemical-based.

Many nutraceutical products are made from natural substances, therefore there is lesser risk associated with them.


Nutraceutical products are usually less expensive than pharmaceutical products.


Nutraceutical products provide a less expensive and equally effective way to regain health.