European Nutraceutical Association
Welcome to the website of the European Nutraceutical Association (ENA)!
The ENA is a scientific society committed to the product group of nutraceuticals.
Nutraceuticals are nutritional products that provide health and medical benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. In contrast to pharmaceuticals however, these are not synthetic substances or chemical compounds formulated for specific indications. These are products that contain nutrients (partly in concentrated form) and mostly are assigned to the category of food. Dietary supplements are a typical example for nutraceuticals, but also dietetic and functional foods may be counted among these products.
Our official scientific journal is Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
*** 8th Annual Conference of the ENA ***
The range of dietary supplements and other health-promoting food products is nearly unlimited and therefore confusing. But which of those nutraceuticals are useful and based on scientific evidence? more
Omega-3 fatty acids and ADHD
According to our slogan The Science behind Nutraceuticals
we work to provide reliable information on health promoting nutrients and nutraceuticals to health care professionals. But we also want to make our expertise valuable for the public as well. For this purpose we have started a new section on our homepage called Effective Nutraceuticals
. Here we will discuss scientifically well-documented nutrients and nutraceutical products. more
New initiative against Hidden Hunger
NEJM article on n-3 fatty acids in in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors
On May 9th, 2013, a study by the Risk and Prevention Study Collaborative Group
has been published in the renowned New England Journal of Medicine (1). It was investigated if a daily supplementation of 1 g of omega 3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) over 5 years in optimally treated patients (n = 12.513) with multiple cardiovascular risk factors but without cardiovascular events so far has an additional preventive benefit. more
An Update on Eye Health and Nutraceuticals
The positive effects of neutraceuticals on eye health have been the subject of discussion and research for many years. One of the pivotal arguments is the increased enrichment of certain carotenoids in the macula lutea of the retina (the yellow spot). There is a great deal of evidence that these carotenoids have a key role not only in optimum function but also in preventing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). more
Nutraceutical Research in Europe
This year the Vitafoods Europe Exhibition and Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, took place 14 – 16 May. The ENA has been involved with a presentation on the topic of “The Impact of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation on Nutraceutical Research”. more
Cochrane Review on Vitamin C
An updated systematic review about vitamin C and common colds has been published in the renowned Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Folic acid supplementation and cancer risk
Folate is one of the few vitamins for which a widespread deficiency is generally accepted (1). An adequate intake, particularly for women of childbearing age who wish to have children, is essential for the prevention of neural tube defects and other birth defects in infants. Folate also plays an important role in the prevention of chronic diseases. more