1st Edition

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

    338 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    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.


    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!