Institute for Optimum Nutrition

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The Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) was founded in 1984. The Institute for Optimum Nutrition is a UK registered charity number 1013084.

ION is an "independent, not-for-profit educational charity whose principal activity is to further the knowledge and practice of optimum nutrition.".[1] ION promotes the practice of functional medicine, which focuses on the patient rather than the disease and on underlying causes rather than symptoms.

The ION runs courses and workshops in nutrition. They publish the Optimum Nutrition Magazine four times a year.[2] They provide lists of Nutritional Therapists in the UK. The professional body representing Nutritional Therapists is BANT - the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy. Nutritional Therapists can also register with the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC) which is supported by the Department of Health.

ION offers a Home Study Course, and a three-year Diploma in Nutritional Therapy (DipION).[1] The DipION course is accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Council, which sets professional standards for nutritional therapy.


  1. ^ a b "About The Institute for Optimum Nutrition". Institute for Optimum Nutrition. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Optimum Nutrition Magazine". Institute for Optimum Nutrition. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 

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