Medicinal Food Science

TASK:
Nutritional treatment strategies for the effective management of health conditions require
adherence to particular dietary patterns. Foods with specific therapeutic actions can be
incorporated into the dietary pattern to enhance the treatment strategy.
For each of the 4 (four) cases below choose 1 (one) specific food (e.g. one fruit, vegetable, herb,
spice, grain, legume, nut, seed, animal food, medicinal mushroom, algae or other) that could be
included as part of the treatment strategy for each case. For each of the 4 (four) foods chosen,
explain which constituents contribute to the therapeutic actions of the food, describe the level of
evidence currently available to support the therapeutic use, discuss techniques for ensuring
optimal bioavailability, recommend appropriate quantities that need to be consumed for a
therapeutic effect and discuss relevant cautions or contraindications.
Case 1: Steve is a 40 year old man who wants to be proactive about reducing his risk of
developing prostate cancer.
Case 2: Marion is a 43 year old woman who suffers from constipation and haemorrhoids. Her
stools are difficult to pass and this is impacting on the quality of her life. She also has varicose
veins and her legs feel heavy and tired by the end of the day.
Case 3: Rob is 50 year old man whose parents both suffer from dementia. He wants to be
proactive about reducing his risk of developing dementia.
Case 4: Kelly is a 35 year old woman who has ulcerative colitis. She is currently in remission and
wants to be proactive about reducing the risk of a flare up of her condition.
OVERVIEW:
The assignment should be structured as a report.
In order to address this task, include a response to all of the following areas:
? Discuss 1 (one) different food for each of the 4 (four) cases – i.e. a total of 4 (four) different
foods must be included.
? Choose foods that are likely to have the greatest therapeutic impact in each case.
? For each of the 4 (four) foods chosen include:
? Rationale for why this food has been chosen – i.e. the specific constituents that
contribute to the therapeutic effect; and the level of evidence currently available to
support the therapeutic use (this could be based on traditional knowledge or various
types of scientific research e.g. in-vitro, animal, RCT, observational studies, etc.).
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? Practical consumption advice – how much of the food should be consumed for a
therapeutic effect and which techniques will optimise bioavailability (e.g. specific
preparation method, combining with other specific foods, eating away from certain
other foods, etc.).
? Cautions or contraindications – e.g. drug interactions or potential adverse effects.
The report should be structured as follows and include appropriate headings:
? Title page [Subject code and name; Student name and number; Lecturer name; Type of
assignment (i.e. Report); Due date; and Word count]
? Abstract/Summary (Typically very short and gives bare facts of report including the findings
and the conclusions)
? Table of contents (Lists sections and sub-sections and page numbers)
? Introduction (It should be a brief, accurate background for the body of the report)
? The body (Presenting the findings)
? Conclusion (Concise summary of the information in the body of the report)
? Appendices (if applicable)
? References
It should also adhere to the following format requirements:
? Word count to be clearly displayed on the cover sheet or title page.
? The report should be typed using standard conservative fonts such as Times New Roman
or Arial of at least 12 point and double spaced.
? Fully referenced as per the American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing
Guidelines, available here:
https://source.endeavourlearninggroup.com.au/Public%20Documents%20Library/DOCID-3-
2602.pdf
? Report due date is Sunday (11:59 pm) following Week 13, Session 26.
This assignment will take some research in order to complete this to a high standard. You will see this is a report with four case studies which the need to select one food for each and discuss it in relation to the case study.
Please refer to the assignment guidelines as to what is required in this report as according to the marking key this alone is worth 20 marks!
The bulk of the marks are for the content. For full marks you need to thoroughly address ALL aspects of the topic. ALL relevant information is included in the assignment. Data is extremely well- analysed and interpreted correctly (this means research articles are needed and interpretation demonstrates your understanding of how strong the evidence is based on your research). Extensive critical appraisal of evidence. Strong, cohesive flow of report backed up with evidence. Report demonstrates a high level of originality, critical thinking, evaluation and insight into the topic. (46-50 marks).
A further 20 marks is allocated to your choice of reference sources which highlights the value placed on learning how to research and the choice of information included. If you have not had an opportunity to attend on campus and had the research skills session in-class with the librarian make sure you check out the library skills tutorial on the library website. https://learn.endeavour.edu.au/enrol/index.php?id=287 If you still require further assistance contact myself or make an appointment with the librarian to clarify.
Also be mindful that you need to choose a whole food (whole grains, not fibre, salmon not omega 3 etc) as your intervention but be able to recognise the therapeutic constituents that you are recommending it for. You can choose a herb or spice (ginger, basil etc) but it needs to be culinary that is used with and in food preparation. There are also a number of foods not just one correct food choice that can be used to answer each case study. Katrina Clark, the unit coordinator says the reason for including the comment about choosing foods that are likely to be most beneficial is to encourage you to focus on foods that you would be likely to prescribe when you are in practice rather than going down a rabbit hole of an obscure food that has very little research to support it.
If you are unsure of your choice please get in touch before the due date and query your selection with me.
A useful database via the library website is natural medicines which is a wealth of information, that is referenced and up-to-date.
Be mindful of the word count and if there is any additional relevant information you would like to include attach it as an appendix.
This is academic writing and I can appreciate that it can take time to learn how to get comfortable writing in this way. If you are struggling take a look through the information on the following link to assist with academic writing style – developing this area of your assessment work is an important part of your studies particularly early in your degree: https://learninghub.une.edu.au/tlc/aso/aso-online/academic-writing/academic-style.php#dont Also the Library home page has a ‘Study Skills’ tab which will take you to many more links to support your writing skills.
This is a Research Paper.

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