Science behind Nutraceuticals

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


Nutraceutical, Is that the future?

Raquel Lima’s opinion about Nutraceutical Conventional wisdom in Europe draws a strict distinction between nutrition/food stuffs and medicines (or pharmaceuticals). According to this conventional view, foodstuffs primarily provide nutrition in the form of substances which the human body needs for normal development and maintenance of bodily functions. Medicines, on the other hand, are always seen as therapeutic agents in the context of disease and health. The more knowledge is obtained about the health-promoting effect of foods, the more blurred this seemingly strict separating line becomes between these two product groups. This is reflected in the word nutraceutical combining both the idea of nutrition and the concept of the pharmaceutical. And it is now a well established term… more

ENA-headquarter moved from Basel to Parma

Information about ENA's new headquarters:
ENA c/o ISTITUTO KURZ ITALIA S.R.L, Via Golfo dei Poeti 1/A, 43126-Parma, Italy

We are delighted to inform you that ENA headquarters office has successfully been moved to Parma, Italy. We are grateful to the analytical laboratory ISTITUTO KURZ ITALIA S.R.L. which hosts our ENA-headquarters now.

Parma is in the heart of the Italian food valley and it is the location of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). As you will know, the "Scientific Opinions" of EFSA are very important to the nutraceutical industry, as they stipulate which health claims are scientifically proven, which plant substances are scientifically to be considered novel food, which food additives are scientifically to be considered acceptable for human consumption etc.

This strategic relocation will provide ENA the possibility to be closer to the European scientific body devoted to technical regulations for food and supplements. ENA members will surely benefit from that.

We hope you will appreciate ENA's initiative.  more

Conference Quintessence

Under the headline “Conference Quint Essence” we will frequently summarize for our members major insights and results of such conferences/seminars/exhibitions which have relevance for nutraceuticals. We highlight in catch-word-style such points which we find new and interesting to the nutraceuticals community. In many cases, we can send to ENA-members comprehensive conference reports/proceedings. Requests should be directed at the ENA-CEO, Raquel (Decisions taken:

Conference Quintessence about «2nd International Workshop on Personalized Nutrition», Brussels, March 28, 2017, organized by «Health Claims Europe VVZRL», Izegem, Belgium more

New ENA Board Members

New ENA board members have been elected in December 2016. Prof. Dr. Helmut Weidlich, new ENA President: “We thank Dr. Peter Prock, former ENA president and founding member. He has done a tremendous and successful job for ENA since the founding year 2005. The General Assembly has awarded him as honorary member of the scientific board.” more…    The new ENA board wishes you the best for 2017!  more

Effective Nutraceuticals

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

Participants of the International Congress Hidden Hunger 2013 (March 6-9, Stuttgart, Germany) called for a better communication between scientists, policy makers, politicians, NGOs, and local field workers to improve knowledge about hidden hunger as well as to ensure better domestic and cross-border cooperation world-wide. more

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 more

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