The relevance of food supplements in the healthcare

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Angelini, Rome, Italy FederSalus, Italy

Better life expectancy, health awareness and tendency to active ageing lead people towards a more proactive approach in addressing health concerns. In the meantime, we acknowledge a growing awareness of the healthy role of the substances contained in food: wellness expectancy drives the choice of food for 63% of consumers, and nearly 20% of them use food to address specific health concerns (1). People are, hence, more and more concerned with food and nutrition when facing health needs.

On the science side, research is increasingly giving credit to the role of substances contained in food to maintain health and to reduce the risk of disease in several medical areas. The scientific evidence has been rising significantly in the last two decades.

Food Supplements are pre-dosed, concentrated and standardised food-grade substances presented in capsules, tablets, sachets, vials, etc. There is a sharp difference between Food Supplements and the other categories of food: Food Supplements come in a pharmaceutical form and are intended to provide a health benefit or to reduce a disease risk factor, being usually irrelevant the nutritional intake. The lines in the healthcare ...