The incidence and severity of diabetes mellitus is increasing worldwide, presenting a significant burden to society both in economic terms and overall well-being. Fortunately, time-tested anti-diabetes mellitus plant foods exist that are safe and could be effective in addressing this condition when consumed judiciously with a concomitant change in lifestyle.
Plants with Anti-Diabetes Mellitus Properties presents an exhaustive compilation of the anti-diabetes mellitus activities of more than 1000 plants occurring worldwide. The author provides a brief botanical description, distribution, pharmacological properties, and phytochemicals, where appropriate. A list of traditional medicinal plants used to treat diabetes, but not tested for anti-diabetic activity, is also given.
This unique reference highlights anti-diabetes mellitus plant foods along with a list of the edible parts of plants with anti-diabetes mellitus properties. Anti-diabetes mellitus nutraceuticals are described with guidelines for the development of food supplements and formulations of diets appropriate for diabetic patients. This is a valuable source of information for researchers, students, doctors, diabetic patients, and other individuals wanting to learn more about plant-based treatments for diabetes mellitus.
Table of Contents
Plant Products: A Promising Source for the Development of New Anti-DM
Medicines (Anti-DM Medicines from Plants)
The Need for This Book
Anti-Diabetes Mellitus Plants
Plants Tested for Anti-DM Properties
Anti-DM Plants Not Exposed to Scientific Studies
Nutraceuticals for Diabetes Mellitus (Functional Food for Diabetes Mellitus)
What are Nutraceuticals?
Nutraceuticals for Diabetes Mellitus
Dietary Supplements for Diabetes Mellitus
Fixation of Dose/Quantity of Antidiabetic Food
Combination of Nutraceuticals (Combination of Functional Food)
Research and Development on Anti-Diabetes Mellitus Plant Foods
A. Subramoniam, PhD, is the former director of the Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute in Kerala, India. He earned an MSc in zoology from Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu, India, and his PhD in biochemistry from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Dr. Subramoniam carried out his postdoctoral research in biochemical pharmacology at Howard University in Washington, DC, and Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has worked for the Central Food Technology Research Institute, the Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, and the Bose Institute, India and carried out original, high-quality multidisciplinary research in the broad areas of biomedical sciences and plant sciences. Dr. Subramoniam is the author of more than 170 scientific publications, including original research publications in reputed international journals, chapters in books, and review papers in journals. He has nine patents to his credit and has served as a reviewer of scientific journals in the fields of ethnopharmacology, phytopharmacology, biochemistry, and toxicology. He is currently a consultant in medicinal plant research.
"We can be grateful for the considerable amount of collected research that is presented here—in fact, we are gifted with 126 pages packed full of references alone, most of which are from the last 5 to 10 years. These references nicely support the three major sections of the book."
--Wendy L. Applequist, Book Review Editor for Economic Botany.