Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and Carotenoids

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This volume is the newest release in the authoritative series of quantitative estimates of nutrient intakes to be used for planning and assessing diets for healthy people. Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) is the newest framework for an expanded approach developed by U.S. and Canadian scientists. This book discusses in detail the role of vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and the carotenoids in human physiology and health. For each nutrient the committee presents what is known about how it functions in the human body, which factors may affect how it works, and how the nutrient may be related to chronic disease. Dietary Reference Intakes provides reference intakes, such as Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs), for use in planning nutritionally adequate diets for different groups based on age and gender, along with a new reference intake, the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL), designed to assist an individual in knowing how much is "too much" of a nutrient.

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Providing information on the quantitative recommendations for nutrient intakes for healthy people of every age group, this volume covers vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and carotenoids. It presents what is known about how each nutrient functions in the human body, the methods for determining its requirements, factors affecting its performance, and any relationships to chronic disease of developmental abnormalities. Recommendations are based on an analysis of nutrient metabolism in humans and on data from studies of American and Canadian populations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309069496
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 7/27/2000
  • Pages: 529
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Summary 1
1 Introduction to Dietary Reference Intakes 21
2 Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and [beta]-Carotene and Other Carotenoids: Overview, Antioxidant Definition, and Relationship to Chronic Disease 35
3 Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and [beta]-Carotene and Other Carotenoids: Methods 58
4 A Model for the Development of Tolerable Upper Intake Levels for Nutrients 73
5 Vitamin C 95
6 Vitamin E 186
7 Selenium 284
8 [beta]-Carotene and Other Carotenoids 325
9 Uses of Dietary Reference Intakes 383
10 A Research Agenda 401
App. A Origin and Framework of the Development of Dietary Reference Intakes 409
App. B Acknowledgments 413
App. C Dietary Intake Data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), 1988-1994 416
App. D Dietary Intake Data from the Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII), 1994-1996 432
App. E Canadian Dietary Intake Data, 1993, 1995 438
App. F Serum Values from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), 1988-1994 440
App. G Options for Dealing with Uncertainties 458
App. H Glossary and Acronyms 463
App. I Biographical Sketches of Panel and Subcommittee Members 469
Index 483
Summary Table, Dietary Reference Intakes: Recommended Intakes for Individuals 507
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