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Functional foods are broadly described as providing health benefits beyond basic nutrition. These benefits are mediated through interaction with various biological processes in the body, analogous to drug products, and in fact blur the line between food and medicine. It follows that pharmacological principles can apply to components of the food in the same way as a drug, such as the pharmacodynamic effect in the body at the molecular level, as well as how the food component is handled by the body from absorption, distribution throughout the body, metabolism, and elimination from the body (pharmacokinetics). Students will apply these pharmacological principles to a range of common functional foods to better understand the potential health impacts of these functional food components.

Summary 2021

Unit name Functional Food Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics
Unit code CSA206
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy


Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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