Orthomolecular Nutrition or Orthomolecular Medicine consists in the administration of the necessary micronutrients for the proper functioning of the organism at the cellular level. Micronutrients are the substances that are necessary in small doses for the proper functioning of metabolic and biochemical processes. These micronutrients are mainly vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, aminoacids, enzymes and essential fatty acids.
A deficient diet in necessary nutrients for proper functioning at the cellular level leads to chronic nutrient deficiencies. Orthomolecular nutrition studies the effects of these chronic deficiencies in the body and their symptoms, such as headache, tiredness, poor memory, anxiety, depression or recurrent infections.
Orthomolecular Medicine treatments can be administered orally or intravenously. Intravenous Vitamin C for the complementary treatment of cancer, intravenous glutathione for the complementary treatment of Parkinson's disease, or intravenous infusions of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are some of the usual treatments.