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.
|Unit name||Functional Food Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
|Coordinator||Doctor Vanni Caruso|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- Identify common foods and supplements, and their respective chemical constituents that have been reported to modify disease processes beyond nutritional value
- Describe the pharmacological mechanisms behind common functional food and supplement chemical constituents, including their purported mechanism of action and fate in the body
- Describe the quality of the evidence related to functional food and supplement physiological effects on the human body from a clinical perspective
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|Assessment||Quiz (20%)|Multiple-choice and short Answer Questions Online Assessment (40%)|Critical Appraisal of the Scientific Literature (40%)|
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