About this Research Topic
The use of non-vitamin, non-mineral (NVNM) supplements to enhance a general well-being has been a subject of studies in many countries. The current trend indicates that the use of NVNM supplements is on the rise throughout the world. Non-vitamin non-mineral supplements are often linked to human general well-being such as to improved energy and vitality, promotion of weight loss, stress relief, improved sexual function, weight gain, improvements in skin or hair health, burning of fat, retardation of aging, improved memory, enhanced sleep and enhanced athletic performance. Non-vitamin non-mineral supplements have also been associated with cancer, osteoporosis, menopause, hypertension, diabetes, kidney stones or cardiovascular disease therapy and prevention. In most cases, the NVNM supplements are often derived from plant and animal based products. However there are also many misunderstandings regarding safe use and over promise of these products
This Research Topic focuses on the current state of research and technologies on NVNM including the interactions, efficacy and adverse effects of NVNM uses. All the aforesaid Original Research or Review papers must be supported by pre-clinical or clinical data. Original Research or Review papers on product development and processing that may lead to an effective or innovative delivery system and enhancements in active compound stability are also welcome. Papers concerning mainly opinion, perception or based on less robust scientific evidence, are not acceptable.
This Research Topic collection aims to provide an up-to-date summary of recent advances in NVNM supplements biology, clinical studies and development. It will encourage, peer-reviewed published research papers and reviews on: epidemiology and clinical trials, alongside those on preclinical studies of drug mechanism. Research paper or review of NVNM product development and technology, especially those geared towards the process and quality improvement, advanced delivery system and nanofunctional material are welcome. We also appreciate a critical review pertaining the research gaps, implications, and future research needs of NVNM.
Keywords: Functional food, Supplement, Health effect, Mechanism of action, Interaction
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