“LET MEDICINE BE THY FOOD AND FOOD BE THY MEDICINE.”
- Hippocrates, 400 B.C.
MEDICAL FOOD: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
The history of medical food is as old as humanity itself. Since time immemorial doctors use food for its medical propensities to treat, manage or mitigate the symptoms and the causes of diseases. The similarity of the words “Pharma” and “Farm” is not accidental. Pharma originated on the Farm, as history tells us.
Medical Food for the Dietary Management of Diseases is as popular as never before. More and more countries are successfully implementing the relatively new concept of Dietary Management of specific conditions, Targeted Nutrition, in many cases, has to be recommended or prescribed by a physician, and must to be administrated under their supervision, because balance is not a place of stillness. Patient needs change day to day, season to season, year to year. Protocols may need to be adjusted, altered, or replaced. The global medical foods market is valued at USD 17.15 billion in 2018.
The medical foods Industry anticipates a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% over the next eight years. Key factors propelling the market growth are the increasing geriatric population, the burden of chronic diseases, and the awareness of clinical nutrition among healthcare professionals and patients.
Medical foods address nutrient deficiencies. Many chronically ill patients suffer nutrient deficiencies from adverse effects of a disease or the drugs that are used during treatment. Not surprisingly, medical foods demand is rising in the management of chronic health conditions.
Constant innovations and new product launches by major manufacturers are also boosting product demand. AMARANTH Rx. with many products in the pipeline is leading the pack.