In the orthomolecular treatment method, we strive to get as many necessary and useful nutrients as possible with the diet and to avoid and neutralize harmful substances. Even for a healthy person, it is nearly impossible to consume optimal amounts of certain nutrients through the diet. A well-known example is folic acid. Even in mainstream medicine, healthy women who want to conceive are advised to take extra folic acid. This reduces the chance that a child will be born with an open back.
In addition to a nutrition that is as complete as possible, it may be necessary to take in extra nutrients in the form of food supplements in order to prevent and treat diseases. Dietary supplements contain a high content of substances that also occur in the diet in smaller quantities. These are, for example, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids or enzymes, but also, for example, the bioflavonoids.
In general, orthomolecular nutrition and nutritional supplements can be used without problems in addition to other regular medical treatments or, for example, homeopathy. Sometimes orthomolecular agents and regular medicines can influence each other. That is why it is important that a doctor, pharmacist or therapist is aware of what you are using.