Benefits of Medical Foods
Prescription drugs are widely used by both physicians and patients and can be a very important component in the treatment of disease. Unfortunately, these therapies do not address the increased nutritional requirements of a disease and are often associated with a number of adverse side effects.
Medical foods are an important and often complementary category of therapeutic agents known to address disease through a nutritional pathway, and can often mimic the therapeutic effects of drugs. This class of FDA regulated therapies has been in use since the 1950's, and are composed of ingredients that are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).
As awareness about the relationship between nutrition and disease increases, physicians and patients are incorporating medical foods as part of a total disease management strategy. Medical foods offer patients an effective therapeutic tool for managing pain, sleep, and cognitive disorders without many of the risks associated with pharmaceutical drugs.