Are soy isoflavones neuroprotective? Just how different is one species of Echinacea from another? Which phytochemicals will be effective as therapeutic agents in vivo? Supported by solid scientific research, Phytochemicals in Nutrition and Health helps provide answers to these and other probing questions concerning the mechanisms of action associated with beneficial phytochemical groups. It examines new areas such as the efficacy and safety of medicinal herbs, the use of biotechnology to manipulate and enhance the phytochemical profiles of various plants, and the pharmacokinetics of phytochemicals in humans.
The editors also expand discussion presented in their previous books on phytochemicals. They explore new research on phytochemicals in the Vaccinium family (cranberries, blueberries and bilberries), wine, and oilseeds, and the biological activity of Echinacea in humans. Additional chapters present new information about isothiocyanates, lycopene, carotenoids other than beta-carotene, tocotrienols, and phytoestrogens. Highlighting phytochemicals that have significant potential for promoting health or preventing disease, Phytochemicals in Nutrition and Health expands discussions of appropriate research methodologies and new technologies in this exciting field.
Table of Contents
Evidence-Based Herbalism, E. Ernst
Phytochemical Diversity and Biological Activity in Echinacea Phytomedicines: Challenges to Quality Control and Germplasm Improvement, J.T. Arnason, S.E. Binns, and B.R. Baum
Phytochemicals in the Vaccinium Family: Bilberries, Blueberries, and Cranberries, Mary Ellen Camire
Wine Polyphenols and Protection from Atherosclerosis and Ischemic Heart Disease: Drink to your Health, Michael A. Dubick
Beyond a-tocopherol: The Role of the Other Tocopherols and Tocotrienols, Andreas M. Papas
Phytochemical Pharmacokinetics, Harold L. Newmark and Chung S. Yang
Dietary Isothiocyanates: Roles in Cancer Prevention and Metabolism in Rodents and Humans, Fung-Lung Chung
Rationale for the use of Soy Phytoestrogens for Neuroprotection, Helen Kim
Bioengineering and Breeding Approaches for Improving Nutrient and Phytochemical Content of Plants, David W. Sill
Phytochemicals in Oilseeds, Fereidoon Shahidi
Lycopene and Human Health, Betty Jane Burri
Astaxanthin, b-Cryptoxanthin, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, J.T. Landrum, R.A. Bone, and C. Herrero
"This 12-chapter review includes discussions of the botanical origins of phytochemicals through to their clinical use in therapy, providing a comprehensive review of the most notable phytochemicals being researched today. … Each chapter presents data that are cutting edge and thorough and that are easily read. I would recommend this book for researchers, educators, and dietitians interested in functional foods and preventive health. Others involved in food formulation and product development in the food industry would also benefit from having this book on their reference shelf."
- Debra L. Miller, Central Soya Company, Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana in Inform, Vol. 13