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Nutraceuticals for Prenatal, Maternal, and Offspring’s Nutritional Health

ISBN 9781138345829
Published December 13, 2019 by CRC Press
338 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Although there is an increasing number of pregnant individuals taking nutraceuticals to maintain good health, many gaps exist in the knowledge base. These nutraceuticals might be involved in a wide variety of biological processes, and the biological and epidemiological findings of relevant studies should be examined and analyzed. Nutraceuticals for Prenatal, Maternal and Offspring’s Nutritional Health focuses on the role of nutraceuticals for prenatal, mothers, and offspring’s health.

In recent years, new trends have been established in this area of prenatal nutrition, that is, mother and offspring health based on appropriate nutrition during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and after pregnancy. Nutraceuticals and natural products have been used by many cultures and societies around the world. This book focuses on recent trends and potential clinical evaluations of such nutraceuticals and natural products.


  • Examines the role of Nutraceuticals on the mothers and offspring’s disease and health
  • Focuses on human population-based research
  • Discuses role of nutraceuticals in placental development, nutraceuticals for gestational weight pain and post-partum obesity
  • Covers nutraceuticals impacting uterine growth, gestational age, and mortality rate
  • Explores the question whether Nutraceuticals intake in pregnant women is safe as they might be involved a wide variety of biological processes

With 19 chapters written by established lead authors in this field, Nutraceuticals for Prenatal, Maternal and Offspring’s Nutritional Health addresses important findings of the latest scientific research regarding the role of nutraceuticals intake before and during pregnancy.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I. Nutraceuticals intake before pregnancy. Preconceptional nutraceutical during gestation and promotion of Women’s health. The effects of preconceptional nutraceuticals intake on fetus development and health. Part II. Nutraceuticals intake during the pregnancy. Role of nutraceuticals in placental development. Nutraceuticals for gestational weight gain and Postpartum obesity. Role of nutraceuticals in risk of miscarriage and related outcomes; stillbirth and maternal mortality. Nutraceuticals and anaemia in pregnancy. Nutraceuticals in maternal infections. Nutraceuticals and hormonal balance in pregnancy. Role of nutraceuticals in Preeclampsia and eclampsia. Role of nutraceuticals in gestational diabetes mellitus. Role of nutraceuticals during preterm birth, gestational length and cesarean section. Role of nutraceuticals in Depression during pregnancy, and for post-partum well-being. Prevalence of anemia in the postnatal women. Dietary Flavonoids as Therapeutics for Preterm Birth.  Part III. Nutraceuticals and offspring’s health. Nutraceuticals impacting uterine growth, gestational age and mortality rate. Impact of Nutraceuticals on anthropometric indices. Nutraceuticals, congenital malformations and fetal anomalies. Neurobehavioral deficits and nutraceuticals. Nutraceuticals for bone and dental health. Role of nutraceuticals in topic dermatitis, eczema, allergy and food hypersensitivity. Risk of infection and nutraceuticals. Nutraceuticals and chronic disease (including blood pressure, obesity, insulin resistance and certain pediatric cancers). Respiratory tract function and nutraceuticals.

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Priyanka Bhatt, B.Pharm., M.Pharm., Ph.D., is currently pursuing her Postdoctoral experience in Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences from College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Dr. Priyanka received Bachelor of Pharmacy from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India, and Master of Pharmacy as well as Ph.D. in Pharmacy from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. She has almost 5 years of research experience in the field of formulation development and drug delivery for cancer. Dr. Priyanka was awarded Senior Research Fellowship by Government of India from year 2013 to 2017. She was also awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship from Florida High Tech Corridor Grant (University of South Florida), FL, USA, for the period of three years in 2017. She has 2 book chapters and around 15 peer reviewed publications in reputed journals to her credit.

Maryam Sadat Miraghajani, PhD is currently pursuing her Postdoctoral experience in Academic Division of Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her areas of ongoing research include the effects of high fat diet on inflammatory genes expression. She earned both her masters in nutrition and her PhD from Isfahan University of Medical Science. She has 28 published papers and 3 book chapters.

Sarvadaman Pathak, MD, went to University of Houston for undergraduate studies, with a concentration in Biochemistry and Pre-Medicine. Following that he pursued a Doctor of Medicine degree from Avalon University School of Medicine Summa Cum Laude. He was educated partially in Belize, Mexico with all clinical experience in Chicago, IL. After graduating from medical school, he focused on research and worked at the University of South Florida. In 2013 he completed a one-year clinical fellowship in Traditional Chinese Medicine, including Chinese herbalism, with a focus on eastern western integrative medicine at the Dalian Medical University in Dalian, Liaoning province in Mainland China. Currently he works for the Veterans Affairs and University o fSouth Florida, Internal Medicine, and focuses on cancer research and pediatrics research.

Yashwant Pathak, PhD, is currently the associate dean for faculty affairs at College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Pathak earned his MS and PhD degrees in pharmaceutical technology from Nagpur University, Nagpur, India, and EMBA and MS degrees in conflict management from Sullivan University, Louisville, Kentucky. With extensive experience in academia and industry, Pathak has over 150 publications, research papers, abstracts, book chapters, and reviews to his credit. He has presented over 180 presentations, posters, and lectures worldwide in the field of pharmaceuticals, drug delivery systems, and other related topics. He has received several national and international awards including Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship for Indonesia, Endeavour executive fellowship from Australian Government, CNPQ research award from Brazil Government and also was recognized by USF as outstanding faculty award and global engagement achievement award.


Leah A Cewinske, B.S., M.S.(Rush University Medical Center)

This is one of 12 books in a series on nutraceuticals. While all books in the
series focus on the current nutraceuticals market and research, this is the
only book to critically analyze the use of nutraceuticals in pregnant women and
their infants. The book can be broken into three major categories, focusing on
the use and role of nutraceuticals before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and
after pregnancy and their effects on maternal and infant health.

The purpose is to examine various nutraceuticals used for prenatal health and
the health of mothers and their children. Specifically, the book aims to report
trends and research on the use of various nutraceutical products. While
relatively vague, the objectives of the book appear worthy. According to the
authors, this book is the first of its kind and, given the populations
discussed, may have public health implications. As nutraceutical products are
relatively inexpensive and increasingly being used for health and disease
prevention, it is important to examine claims made about such products. The
book meets its objectives, presenting recent research on various nutraceuticals
and appropriate references for further investigation.

The book is intended as a tool for practicing health care clinicians, including
physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and dietitians. While a
basic science background may be necessary to understand the book, it may also
be of use to students pursuing advanced degrees in health care. Clinicians and
students with an interest in prenatal and neonatal care will especially find
the book interesting. The book meets the needs of the intended audience by
providing current evidence for and against various nutraceuticals as they
relate to common disease states. The book's authors and over 30 contributors
appear to be credible authorities on the topics discussed based on their
credentials and publications.

This is an original book examining what nutraceuticals are, their use prior to
and during pregnancy, and their impact on offspring health. A foreword and
preface open the book, proceeded by a list of contributors, 19 chapters, and an
index. In addition to defining nutraceutical products, the book investigates
how the use of such products may be confounded by diet, genetics, race, age,
and many other factors. Furthermore, it discusses how the duration of exposure
to nutraceuticals must be considered as these products become more popular and
commonplace. The first section of the book examines nutraceuticals generally,
as well as their use in pregnancy. The early chapters identify other common
names for nutraceuticals and discuss how they are defined differently in
various parts of the world. Given the potential impact of these products on
metabolic syndrome and other non-communicable diseases, the book consistently
offers and encourages further research on the effects of nutraceuticals. With
regard to pre-pregnancy use of these products, the authors specifically mention
the use and benefits of probiotics, long-chain fatty acids, folic acid,
calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, and ginger for both mother and
fetus. Once again, the book provides appropriate references and encourages
further research and regulation of nutraceuticals. The next section discusses
the use of nutraceuticals during pregnancy. In addition to thoroughly examining
the impact of excessive and inadequate gestational weight gain during
pregnancy, the chapters also provide information on the use of nutraceuticals
on specific diseases including anemia, infection, hormone balance, preeclampsia
and eclampsia, and gestational diabetes. In its final section, the book
examines nutraceuticals used for offspring health, with a major focus on
products for bone and dental health. Here, the book discusses functional foods
and supplements that may impact osteoporosis and fractures in mothers, as well
as fetal bone development. A unique feature of this book is the contents
section at the beginning of each chapter that gives an overview of the topics
to be discussed. This feature allows readers to find information of interest
quickly. Additionally, the figures and tables throughout the book are useful
and informative.

This book is unique from any other that I have read. It does not simply describe
the impact of various nutrients on maternal and infant health, but rather
examines the impact of nutraceuticals, functional foods, and supplements on
health. While I consistently read articles to keep current on pediatric
nutrition, it can be difficult to compile information on nutraceuticals as they
relate to specific maternal and infant disease states given the sparsity and
need for further research studies. A book with relevant resources in one volume
is therefore useful. As a dietitian working in the clinical realm, I make diet
recommendations and evaluate those recommendations using intake data,
anthropometrics, and labs. This book provides information that can be used to
provide women and their children with diet recommendations.


Weighted Numerical Score: 96 - 4 Stars!