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Orthomolecular nutrition: bread bagels, vegetables and creams

Orthomolecular Medicine

Micronutrients are important for your health. Vitamins, trace elements and minerals, plus essential fatty and amino acids, phytonutrients, and also pre- and probiotics: these are all involved in enabling numerous processes in the body to function normally.

Orthomolecular medicine (OM) was the term coined by a two-time Nobel Prize winner for the targeted supplementation of micronutrients for acute or chronic illnesses such as osteoarthritis, or in certain situations in life such as pregnancy. In 1968 Dr Linus Pauling used the following definition for OM in the trade journal Science: Orthomolecular medicine is the preservation of health and the treatment of disease by varying the concentration of substances that are normally present in the body and are required for health.

Orthomolecular nutrition: boy eating an apple
Orthomolecular medicine – conceived by a two-time Nobel Prize winner.

Scientifically researched

Many years ago, scientific research moved away from focussing solely on familiar areas such as the use of vitamin C for the immune system. International studies have long since been examining many different fields of application and therapy options. We know this for certain – because our own medical team keeps a close eye on research into micronutrients, viewing and evaluating work around the world. This has led to a vast amount of knowledge at Orthomol, a database with around 15,000 publications on all aspects of micronutrients.

Schematic: orthomolecular nutrients

An increased need

When it comes to micronutrients, the saying “more is better” does not apply. Our knowledge of findings in nutritional medicine is used to form suitable combinations of micronutrients for Orthomol products that are always tailored to a specific need. This need is what our customers require in their specific circumstances or when they are ill, if a normal diet cannot supply a sufficient quantity of all the necessary micronutrients. But who needs more, anyway? And more of what? It makes immediate sense that our lifestyle influences our calorie requirements: professional athletes burn more calories than an office worker. A 15-year-old youth needs more energy than his 80-year-old grandmother. And the same is true for micronutrients.

Orthomolecular nutrition: running boy with grandparent

The following people need to pay particular attention to their supply of micronutrients:

  • People who are dieting to lose weight or who only eat small amounts for other reasons (e.g. elderly people with a poor appetite)
  • People with extremely one-sided eating habits, e.g. those who eat a lot of fast food, or fruitarians, who only eat a few different foods for ideological reasons
  • Vegans
Orthomolecular nutrition: breakfast bowl

Other groups of people who need to pay attention to their supply of micronutrients:

  • People who rarely spend time in the sun and are therefore at risk of a vitamin D deficiency
  • Patients who have to take medicine regularly (e.g. cortisone or certain antibiotics)
  • People who suffer from digestive disorders
  • Smokers
  • People who drink a lot of alcohol
Nutrition research: risk groups with low sun exposure