The vitamins are a chemically disparate group of compounds whose only common feature is that they are dietary essentials that are required in small amounts for the normal functioning of the body and maintenance of metabolic integrity. Metabolically they have diverse function, as coenzymes, hormones, antioxidants, mediators of cell signaling and regulators of cell and tissue growth and differentiation. This book explores the known biochemical functions of the vitamins, the extent to which we can explain the effects of deficiency or excess and the scientific basis for reference intakes for the prevention of deficiency and promotion of optimum health and well-being. It also highlights areas where our knowledge is lacking and further research is required. It provides a compact and authoritative reference volume of value to students and specialists alike in the field of nutritional biochemistry, and indeed all who are concerned with vitamin nutrition, deficiency and metabolism.
This volume provides modern and practical analytical methodologies for the assays in foods, pharmaceuticals and clinical samples. Each chapter is written by experts in the particular area and includes original methods and the normal values which would be expected. It provides a detailed overview of the extraction, sample preparation and chromatographic separation techniques given for each vitamin or vitamin group. It also contains information about the metabolism and biochemical role of the vitamins, ensuring a thorough coverage of the topic.
Take charge of your health with this easy-to-use reference guide to the most common ailments that women face, and the natural remedies you can use to prevent, alleviate and treat them. In A Woman's Guide to Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements, author Deborah Mitchell has compiled: Comprehensive information on the health challenges today's women face throughout life, all in an easy-to-follow alphabetical format A-to-Z format provides the latest information on natural supplements that can effectively tackle health concerns faced by women Useful, little-known, important information "Of Special Interest to Women" in every entry Guidelines on how to develop a personalized nutrition plan for women of every age and stage of life An overview of the state of women's health today -- from heart and bone disease to breast cancer to hormonal and reproductive issues -- including the latest research and resources And more.Part of the Healthy Home Library series, A Woman's Guide to Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements provides essential health information that no woman should be without."