Medical food supplements are the future of healthcare, and soon will become a household term by the end of this decade. Most people are not aware that medical foods are approved by the FDA in treating numerous human conditions and diseases, including depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, pain management, weight loss and much more.
Medical food supplements provide the human body with basic nutrients that effect the function of the autonomic nervous system, operating through its neurotransmitters, controls important body functions, such as heart rate, respiratory rate, gastrointestinal function, appetite, sleep, sexual performance, blood pressure, and mood. Additionally, neurotransmitters and neuromodulators play a crucial role in regulating the function of the cardiovascular, reproductive, musculoskeletal, immune, respiratory, and memory systems.
According the FDA’s website, medical foods definition is: “The term medical food, as defined in section 5(b) of the Orphan Drug Act (21 U.S.C. 360ee (b) (3)) is ‘a food which is formulated to be consumed or administered enterally under the supervision of a physician and which is intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition for which distinctive nutritional requirements, based on recognized scientific principles, are established by medical evaluation.”
The FDA On Medical Food Supplements
Additionally, the FDA provides from their website a list of frequently asked questions when it comes to the proper use of medical foods supplements in treating conditions and diseases.
One of the medical food companies that is leading the way in medical foods is Physician Therapeutics in Los Angeles, CA. Physician Therapeutics is a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and distributes proprietary prescription Medical Food products and generic drugs to physicians and their patients in the United States and Japan.
Esra Ogru, Ph.D. and Jeremy Cottrell, Ph.D., a research scientist, stated, “Medical foods differ from normal foods in that they have substantiated health-promoting or disease-preventing benefits beyond the basic delivery of nutrients. And, they differ from nutritional supplements in that they are not designed for use by healthy people, but rather as a therapy for a particular medical condition under the guidance of a medical practitioner.”