Antioxidants in Health and Disease discusses the effects of dietary antioxidants and antioxidant supplementation in humans. It reviews the latest evidence-based research in the area, principally through prospective cohort studies and randomized controlled trials.
The book assesses major dietary antioxidants and discusses their use in diseases such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and neurodegenerative and immune diseases. The use of antioxidants in health is also discussed along with common adverse effects associated with antioxidant use.
Separating myth from fact, this book gives you insight into the true role of antioxidants in health and disease.
"For several decades now, popular media have been attempting to explain to the public the 'medical magic' of free radicals and their capture by antioxidants in the human diet. Opening a broad frontier in nutritional chemistry, the subject of the value of antioxidants requires better mapping by researchers because serious matters of health and disease are involved. This compilation comprises 16 chapters by 41 contributors (two from the US, many from Greece). Thirteen of the contributions focus on life stages, lifestyle, and disease—i.e., pregnancy, growth, old age, exercise, smoking, diabetes, cancer, neurodegeneration, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, HIV/AIDS, immunology, and the circulatory system. The remaining three chapters cover functions and food sources of dietary antioxidants (especially herbs and spices) and various aspects of good technology and regulations. Because all the chapters read like contributions to scientific journals—and qualify to be submitted to any such journal for peer review—lay readers lacking background in the science will be challenged. Summing up: Recommended. Graduate students; researchers/faculty; professionals."
—M. Kroger, Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus, USA, for CHOICE, March 2016
THE INTEREST IN ANTIOXIDANTS: WHY AND HOW?
Reactive Oxygen Species: Production, Regulation, and Essential Functions; Robert B. Rucker
Major Dietary Antioxidants and Their Food Sources; Moschos Polissiou and Dimitra Daferera
ANTIOXIDANTS IN HEALTH
In Pregnancy; Ung Lim Teo and Andrew Shennan
Role of Antioxidants in Children’s Growth and Development; Fátima Pérez de Heredia, Ligia Esperanza Díaz, Aurora Hernández, Ana María Veses, Sonia Gómez-Martínez, and Ascensión Marcos
Adulthood and Old Age; Antonios E. Koutelidakis and Maria Kapsokefalou
Smoking, Oxidative Stress, and Antioxidant Intake; Aristea Baschali and Dimitrios Karagiannis
Physical Exercise; Mustafa Atalay, Jani Lappalainen, Ayhan Korkmaz, and Chandan K. Sen
ANTIOXIDANTS IN DISEASE: CHRONIC DISEASES
Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke; Antonis Zampelas and Ioannis Dimakopoulos
Diabetes; Vaia Lambadiari, Foteini Kousathana, and George Dimitriadis
Cancer; Eleni Andreou
ANTIOXIDANTS IN DISEASE: NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES
Antioxidants in Neurodegeneration—Truth or Myth?; Francisco Capani, George Barreto, Eduardo Blanco Calvo, and Christopher Horst Lillig
ANTIOXIDANTS IN DISEASE: INFLAMMATORY DISORDERS
Gastrointestinal Disorders; Michael Georgoulis, Ioanna Kechribari, and Meropi D. Kontogianni
Antioxidants in Obesity and Inflammation; Chrysi Koliaki, Alexander Kokkinos, and Nicholas Katsilambros
ANTIOXIDANTS IN DISEASE: IMMUNE SYSTEM
Modulation of Immune Response by Antioxidants; Kathrin Becker, Florian Überall, Dietmar Fuchs, and Johanna M. Gostner
ANTIOXIDANTS IN DISEASE: HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS; Heike Englert and Germaine Nkengfack
ROLE OF HERBS
Role of Herbs and Spices—In Health and Longevity and in Disease; Krishnapura Srinivasan