Food or nutritional supplements belong to one of the food group for special dietary needs. This is a food with special composition or a special production method, different from the usual food because of its nutritional attributes and purposes. This kind of food is intended for healthy people and especially for people who are in a special physiological condition where is needed a specific action controlled by certain food ingredients.
Food supplements are concentrated sources of nutrients and / or other substances with a nutritional or physiological function, alone or in combination, which can be find in the dosage form.
They complement the diet with substances which body is not getting enough through the regular food intake with the purpose of positive effect on the consumers health. Also food supplements increase the overall resistance of the organism to stressful external influences, and helping to maintain proper physiological functions of the organism.
Nutrients and other substances in these products are vitamins and minerals, proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, cellulose, inulin, lecithin, glucomannan, plants and herbs and their extracts or concentrates, bioflavonoids, carotenoids, isoflavones, glucosinolates, natural enzymes and co-enzymes, live cultures of microorganisms, organic tissues, metabolites and other substances. Nutritional supplements are also bee products and their mixtures with additions of herbs.
For the production herbal products (as food supplements) can be used fresh or dried whole plant or parts thereof (eg. leaf, root, fruit, flower and other plant parts), pure substances of plant origin either individually or in a mixture, secondary plants products, primarily those plant species that are on the allowed list of medicinal plants.
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