functional food

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functional food

a food purported or proven to have a beneficial health effect.
See also: designer food, phytochemicals, biochemopreventives, nutraceutical.

functional food

A natural or processed food that contains known biologically active compounds which, when in defined quantitative and qualitative amounts, provides a clinically proven health benefit, and thus is useful in preventing, managing and treating chronic diseases.

func·tion·al food

(fŭngk'shŭn-ăl fūd)
Foodstuff demonstrated to confer physiologic benefits, reduce the risk of chronic disease, or act as a nutrient.
Compare: nutraceutical

functional food

1. Food products with additives for which, following FDA approval, health claims can be made.
2. A food that has a defined health benefit for the person who consumes it.
See also: food
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All you need to do is take advantage of the powerful medicinal foods that nature has to offer.
In addition to the clinical trial results reviewed in this article, preclinical studies have also shown that sesame oil is very effective in preventing atherosclerosis," said Journal of Medicinal Food Editor-in-Chief Sampath Parthasarathy, MBA, PhD, Florida Hospital Chair in Cardiovascular Sciences and Interim Associate Dean, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida.
The research has been published in the Journal of Medicinal Food.
It plays a critical role in the production of insulin, thereby promoting blood sugar control, says another study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food.
The study, "Anti-Inflammatory and Neuroactive Properties of Selected Fruit Extracts," was published in the Journal of Medicinal Food and is the result of a comprehensive research collaboration with Atrium Innovations and the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) based at Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada.
In China, there is such a thing called medicinal food.
A study in the November 2002 Journal of Medicinal Food found that chard extract lowered blood glucose and oxidative stress in diabetic rats.
Source: Journal of Medicinal Food, 2000; 3:159-165.
In fact, a 2008 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that the right dosage of astragalus can stimulate white blood cells and increase immune response.
The goji berry is a sweet, red fruit native to Asia that has been used as a medicinal food for thousands of years.
MAL publishes over 50 journals in a wide variety of science, technology and medical areas, including such titles as Genetic Testing, Journal of Medicinal Food, Surgical Infections and Tissue Engineering.