Portmanteau, a French word for something similar to a coat tree where you can hang several articles of clothing. Portmanteau is now also an English word for suitcase. It’s rather common these days to also associate portmanteau with word combinations. For example, we take the words Nutrition and Pharmaceuticals and combine them into the one word “nutraceuticals,” a portmanteau you will find in this blog and many others!

For example, an excellent report by Julie Dennis on Nutraceuticals World states “Despite globalization issues, scientific validation concerns, potentially restrictive regulations, rocky economic and an uneasy healthcare system, the dietary supplement market continues to grow.”
Some highlights?

  • Growth is despite factors that either support or threaten its growth.
  • The U.S. supplement industry is estimated at 25 billion.
  • Dietary supplements grew 10% in the mass market.
  • What factors are driving the nutraceutical numbers:
  • Folks without insurance are trying to find affordable ways of staying healthy
  • The Baby Boomers are anxious to remain healthy and vital despite entering the graying years.
  • Pharmaceuticals in and of themselves are reporting too many adverse side effects.
  • People disappointed with health care system in general are taking control of their own dietary decisions.

Nutrition by means of natural sources.
Smoothie Essentials


About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing

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