Simply put, Medical foods is a unique category of FDA regulated products that meet the distinctive nutritional requirements or metabolic deficiencies of a particular disease state. These deficiencies can come about due to inadequate ingestion of nutrients, malabsorption, impaired metabolism, loss of nutrients due to diarrhea, increased nutritional turnover rates caused by certain disease states, or the impact of drug therapies. Essentially, some people need more nutrients than their regular diet can supply and these foods are specifically formulated to meet their nutritional requirements.
Medical foods can be used to address disease. Additionally, they can mimic the therapeutic effects of drugs. Interestingly, this class of FDA regulated therapies have been around since the 1950's, and are comprised of ingredients that are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). There is a growing awareness between nutrition and disease, and as such medical foods are being used as part of a total disease management strategy. They provide people with an effective tool for managing pain, sleep, obesity, and cognitive disorders without many of the risks correlated with pharmaceutical drugs.
Helpful for the dietary management of the following:
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