The term ‘orthomolecular’ was first used in 1968 by Professor Linus Pauling. Orthos origins from the Greek and means: correct, straight or healthy, and orthomolecular stands for: concerning the molecules.
In orthomolecular medicine, the aim is to work with substances that the body can use and process without damage. In orthomolecular treatment, the main goal is to get as many necessary and useful nutrients as possible with the diet and as few harmful substances as possible.
A growing body of scientific studies show that there is a not negligible relationship between nutrition and disease. Both with the aim of preventing disease and with the aim of treating disease, it may be necessary to take in additional nutrients in the form of food supplements in addition to a nutrition that is as complete as possible. Food supplements are in fact tablets, capsules or powders that contain a high content of substances that are also found in the diet in a smaller amount. These can be: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids or enzymes, but also less known groups of substances such as bioflavonoids.
Orthomolecular nutrition and nutritional supplements can generally be used without problems in addition to other treatments such as regular medical treatments or, for example, homeopathic remedies. Some of the food supplements used have been developed by Eric Laarakker, such as the Phytonics products.