Functional Food refers to the food with specific nutritional and health functions, that is, it is suitable for specific people to eat, has the function of regulating the body, not for the purpose of treatment. Functional food is sometimes called health food. In academic and scientific research, "functional food" is more scientific. Its scope includes: food for strengthening human body's constitution (enhancing immunity, activating lymphatic system, etc.); food for preventing diseases (hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease, constipation and cancer etc.); food for restoring health (controlling cholesterol, preventing platelet aggregation, regulating hematopoietic function, etc.); and regulating body rhythm (nerve center, nerve terminal, uptake and absorption function). Food and anti-aging food.
Classification according to scientific and technological content
1) First-generation products (Fortified food): It adds nutrients to food according to the nutritional needs of all kinds of people. Examples: various kinds of fortified food and nourishing food, such as high calcium milk, intellectual milk, turtle essence, bee products, black bone chicken, spirulina, etc.
2) Second-generation products (Primary products): Require human and animal experiments to prove that the product has certain physiological functions. Examples are: Three Oral Solutions, Brain Gold, Madam Oral Solution, Heng Ning Gu Zhibao, etc.
3) Third Generation Products (Advanced Products): It is not only necessary to prove that the product has some physiological function through human and animal experiments, but also need to find out the functional ingredients with this function, as well as its structure, content, mechanism of action, compatibility and stability in food. Examples include: Anti-Sensory Baby, Fish Oil, Polysaccharide, Soybean Isoflavone, Coenzyme Q10, Natto, Jin Yuwen Sugar, etc.