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The global medical foods market exhibited moderate growth during 2015-2020. Medical foods refer to food products that are formulated to be administered or consumed under the supervision of a physician or intended for the dietary management of diseases and conditions. They are composed of vitamins, minerals (like zinc and calcium), botanicals, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), taurine, omega-2 fatty acids and antioxidants. Due to the presence of these nutrients, medical foods manage nutritional deficiencies that affect disease progression and are healthier alternatives to naturally occurring foodstuffs used in a natural state. Medical foods also enhance the immune and digestive systems while aiding the cognitive behavior of consumers. Nowadays, they are available in various forms such as pills, pre-thickened products and puddings, powder and liquids for oral intake or enteral feeding by tube.
The global medical foods market is primarily driven by the rising prevalence of chronic diseases and the growing geriatric population. Medical food is specifically formulated and processed for the patients and is recommended by physicians to manage the symptoms of neurological conditions, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and dementia as patients face difficulty in swallowing food. Besides this, with the growing awareness regarding the need for clinical nutrition by healthcare professionals and patients, there has been an increased demand for medical food products. Furthermore, the rising penetration of the e-commerce industry has led to a gradual shift toward the online purchase of medical foods, thereby offering lucrative opportunities to market players. The rising adoption of healthy alternatives due to the increasing cost of medical services, increasing awareness about medical foods and extensive investment in research and development (R&D) activities are some of the other factors positively impacting the market growth. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the global medical foods market to grow at a CAGR of around 5% during the next five years.
IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each sub-segment of the global medical foods market report, along with forecasts for growth at the global, regional and country level from 2021-2026. Our report has categorized the market based on region, product, route of administration, application and distribution channel.
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The competitive landscape of the industry has also been examined along with the profiles of the key players being Abbott Laboratories, Alfasigma S.p.A., Danone S.A., Fresenius Kabi AG, Mead Johnson & Company LLC (Reckitt Benckiser), Medtrition Inc., Meiji Holdings Co. Ltd., Metagenics Inc. (Alticor), Nestlé S.A., Primus Pharmaceuticals Inc., Targeted Medical Pharma Inc. and Victus Inc.
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