bioactive food component


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bioactive food component

A compound occurring in food that brings about a physiological effect.
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In addition, increases in the dietary intake of certain bioactive food components can ameliorate the severity of certain diseases, such as prebiotics in digestive disease and fish oils in inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
The authors write that evidence-based medicine (EBM) is currently being misapplied to evaluate the relationship between nutrients and bioactive food components with human health.
Bioactive food components may disrupt cellular pathways through alteration of gene expression.