What is Orthomolecular Nutrition?
Orthomolecular medicine (nutrition) describes the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body.
According to the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, the key idea in orthomolecular medicine is that genetic factors are central not only to the physical characteristics of individuals, but also to their biochemical environment.
Biochemical pathways of the body have significant genetic variability and diseases such as atherosclerosis, cancer, schizophrenia or depression are associated with specific biochemical abnormalities which are causal or contributing factors of the illness.
Part of the process is discovering you unique needs, diet and factors that may have contributed to where you are now. Food is, in some cases, deficient of nutrients we need, we may not be digesting or absorbing the nutrients in our food and we may just have a greater need than our neighbour.
The practical application of science in the promotion of health; both with chronic conditions and general health and wellbeing.
For definitions in the nutrition field you can read more here.