Medical Foods

What is a Medical Food?

About Medical Foods

The term “medical food” can be confusing. It is not “food” in the traditional sense. Rather, medical foods are prescription medicines created from food-based, natural molecules. They deliver highly purified, pharmaceutical-grade ingredients to the body to help restore its own balance and normal metabolic processes.

Medical foods must have proven effectiveness and contain only ingredients designated as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe)

GRAS status is a strict food-safety standard set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). GRAS designated food substances are proven safe by qualified experts of toxicologists. They are intended for the metabolic management of a disease and must be used under a doctor’s supervision, according to federal laws.

Prescription medical foods contain highly-concentrated and purified natural ingredients such as flavonoids, the healthy nutrients found in foods like green tea, red wine and dark chocolate. Flavonoids are proven to have anti-inflammatory effects and powerful antioxidants; however, a change in diet cannot pack the same powerful punch as one highly-concentrated medical food capsule or tablet.

Medical foods contain healthy nutrients found in foods like green tea, red wine and dark chocolate.

Everyone deserves medicines that work and make them feel better, not worse. Unlike traditional drugs that generally only address symptoms, medical foods manage the underlying cause of many different chronic diseases. Some of these include inborn errors of metabolism or metabolic issues caused by the disease, such as inflammatory conditions: osteoarthritis, osteopenia, chronic venous disease, amino acid metabolism, hyperhomocysteinemia, pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, cancer cachexia, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological disorders, microcirculation conditions and other diseases.

Now that you know about medical foods, help advocate for better coverage for these safe, non-addictive options by emailing Congress.

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