Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements


Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements presents peer-reviewed, objective entries that rigorously examine the most significant scientific research on basic chemical, preclinical, and clinical data. Designed for healthcare professionals, researchers, and health-conscious consumers, it presents evidence-based information on the major vitamin and mineral micronutrients, herbs, botanicals, phytochemicals, and other ...

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Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements presents peer-reviewed, objective entries that rigorously examine the most significant scientific research on basic chemical, preclinical, and clinical data. Designed for healthcare professionals, researchers, and health-conscious consumers, it presents evidence-based information on the major vitamin and mineral micronutrients, herbs, botanicals, phytochemicals, and other bioactive preparations.

Supplements covered include:

  • Vitamins, beta-carotene, niacin, and folate
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, isoflavones, and quercetin
  • Calcium, copper, iron, and phosphorus
  • 5-hydroxytryptophan, glutamine, and L-arginine
  • St. John's Wort, ginkgo biloba, green tea, kava, and noni
  • Androstenedione, DHEA, and melatonin
  • Coenzyme Q10 and S-adenosylmethionine
  • Shiitake, maitake, reishi, and cordiceps

With nearly 100 entries contributed by renowned subject-specific experts, the book serves as a scientific checkpoint for the many OTC supplements carried in today's nutritional products marketplace.

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All the editors of this scientific volume are highly placed at the National Institute of Health, while the institutions of the 100 contributors range from Columbia University to Memorial University, Newfoundland. Seventy-five supplements are included, among them S-Adenosylmethionine (better known as SAM-e), ephedra, evening primrose, reishi mushrooms, riboflavin, and zinc. Though the focus of each entry is the supplement's chemical or biochemical properties (chemical structures are included), there is also detailed information where relevant on historical use, physiology, mechanisms of action, clinical and preclinical studies, potential health benefits, safety, adverse effects, and numerous other topics. All tables, charts, and figures are in black and white, though some figures may be viewed (with difficulty) in color at the publisher's web site, www. decker.com, where updates to the encyclopedia will also be available. Each entry includes a lengthy bibliography of references, mostly from the most current medical literature and occasionally from web sites. There is an index but no appendixes. Alternative resources to consider are the free International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements database, http://grande.nal.usda.gov/ibids/index. php, which contains 730,000 citations drawn from four major databases, and the fee-based Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (also available in print), which contains more than 1000 evidence-based monographs about dietary supplements and herbs. Bottom Line The inclusion of more than 75 supplements would have been welcome (something that might have been easily accomplished through the use of less white space, smaller typeface, and thinner paper). Additionally, the preface states that the encyclopedia was written for "students and researchers of physiology and chemistry, for healthcare providers, and for consumers," but it would take an extremely dedicated consumer to make the most of this book. Dietary Supplements, edited by Pamela Mason (Pharmaceutical, 2001) is written for the health professional, but the entries are far more readable. Given the emphasis on chemistry and biochemistry, the Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements would be suitable for pharmacy, pharmaceutical, and medical libraries.-Martha E. Stone, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Reviewer: Lisa G Brown, BS, RD, LD, CDE (College of Saint Benedict)
Description: This is a reference for those desiring an understanding of the claims made for dietary supplements. It covers a fraction of the available supplements, selected based on the frequency of use and availability of information.
Purpose: In addition to looking at chemistry and functions, clinical implications, and references to relevant literature for the supplements, the book addresses the growing concern about safety, including harmful interactions between supplements and prescription drugs. Despite being about a controversial area, the book organizes a review of available information in the literature.
Audience: It is intended as a reference for students, researchers in physiology and chemistry, healthcare providers, and interested consumers, but it may not be appropriate for average consumers unless they have some chemistry background. However, it is well organized into subsections so that readers could skip over the chemistry sections and reference just the indications for use and conclusion sections if desired. The book meets its objectives, for a select audience with the background necessary to understand the technical scientific explanations.
Features: The book covers 96 supplements in well laid out sections composed of an introduction, a chemical explanation of its functions, a summary of clinical findings, indications for use, safety data if available, conclusion, and a reference section. The shortcoming is that it is written at a level that may be difficult for average consumers.
Assessment: This is a well-researched and laid out reference, but written at a level more appropriate for researchers and healthcare professionals with a chemistry background. As a reference, it is quite large, but it is also available online, which may be helpful for those without space for books, but have access to a computer. This book is appropriate for those with a chemistry background to be able to understand the metabolic pathways and it does provide a nice summary of the current literature. To stay current it will need to continue to be updated as the research and knowledge base continues to advance the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824755041
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/10/2004
  • Series: Dekker Encyclopedias Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

S-Adenosylmethionine; José M. Mato and Shelly C. Lu
Aloe Vera; Santiago Rodriguez, Steven Dentali, and Devon Powell
Androstenedione; Benjamin Z. Leder
L-Arginine; Mauro Maccario, Guglielmo Beccuti, Valentina Gasco,
Mariangela Seardo, Gianluca Aimaretti, Emanuela Arvat, Fabio Lanfranco, and Ezio Ghigo
Astragalus; Roy Upton
Bilberry; Marilyn Barrett
Biotin; Donald M. Mock
Bitter Orange; Steffany Haaz, K. Y. Williams, Kevin R. Fontaine, and David B. Allison
Black Cohosh; Daniel S. Fabricant, Elizabeth C. Krause, and Norman R. Farnsworth
Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria); WayneW. Carmichael and Mary Stukenberg with Joseph M. Betz
Boron; Curtiss Hunt
Caffeine; Harris R. Lieberman, Christina E. Carvey, and Lauren A. Thompson
Calcium; Robert P. Heaney
Propionyl-L-Carnitine; Charles J. Rebouche
β-Carotene; Elizabeth J. Johnson and Robert M. Russell
Carotenoids Overview; Elizabeth J. Johnson and Robert M. Russell
Cascara Sagrada; Kapil K. Soni and Gail B. Mahady
Chaste Tree; Gail B. Mahady, Joanna L. Michel, and Kapil K. Soni
Choline; Steven H. Zeisel
Chondroitin Sulfate; Karla L. Miller and Daniel O. Clegg
Chromium; Richard A. Anderson andWilliam T. Cefalu
Coenzyme Q10; Gustav Dallner and Roland Stocker
Conjugated Linoleic Acid; Kristina B. Martinez, Arion J. Kennedy, and Michael K. McIntosh
Copper; Leslie M. Klevay
Cordyceps; John Holliday, Matt Cleaver, Mojca Tajnik, Joseph M.
Cerecedes, and Solomon P. Wasser
Cranberry; Marguerite A. Klein
Creatine; G. S. Salomons, C. Jakobs, and M. Wyss
Dong Quai; Roy Upton
Dehydroepiandrosterone; Salvatore Alesci, Irini Manoli, and Marc R. Blackman Rudolf Bauer and Karin Woelkart
Elderberry; Madeleine Mumcuoglu, Daniel Safirman, and Mina Ferne
Eleuthero; Josef A. Brinckmann
Ephedra; Anne L. Thurn with Joseph M. Betz
Evening Primrose; Fereidoon Shahidi and Homan Miraliakbari
Feverfew; Dennis V. C. Awang
Flaxseed; Lilian U. Thompson and Julie K. Mason
Folate; Pamela Bagley and Barry Shane
French Maritime Pine; Peter J. Rohdewald
Garcinia; Frank Greenway
Garlic; J. A. Milner
Ginger; Tieraona Low Dog
Ginkgo; Kristian Strømgaard, Stine B. Vogensen, Joseph Steet,
and Koji Nakanishi
Ginseng, American; Chong-Zhi Wang and Chun-Su Yuan
Ginseng, Asian; Lee Jia and Fabio Soldati
Glucosamine; Karla L. Miller and Daniel O. Clegg
Glutamine; Steven F. Abcouwer
Goldenseal; Dennis J. McKenna and Gregory A. Plotnikoff
Grape Seed Extract; Dallas L. Clouatre, Chithan Kandaswami, and Kevin M. Connolly
Green Tea Polyphenols; Shengmin Sang, Joshua D. Lambert, Chi-Tang Ho, and Chung S. Yang
Hawthorn; Egon Koch, Werner R. Busse,Wiltrud Juretzek, and Vitali Chevts
5-Hydroxytryptophan; Pedro Del Corral, Kathryn S. King, and Karel Pacak
Iron; Laura E. Murray-Kolb and John Beard
Isoflavones; Mark Messina
Isothiocyanates; Elizabeth H. Jeffery and Anna-Sigrid Keck
Kava; Michael J. Balick, Katherine Herrera, and Steven M. Musser
Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria; Linda C. Duffy, Stephen Sporn, Patricia Hibberd,
Carol Pontzer, Gloria Solano-Aguilar, Susan V. Lynch,
and Crystal McDade-Ngutter
Licorice; Decio Armanini, Cristina Fiore, Jens Bielenberg, and Eugenio Ragazzi
α-Lipoic Acid/Thioctic Acid; Donald B. McCormick
Lutein; John Paul SanGiovanni, Emily Y. Chew, and Elizabeth J. Johnson
Lycopene; Rachel Kopec, Steven J. Schwartz, and Craig Hadley
Maca; Ilias Muhammad, Jianping Zhao, and Ikhlas A. Khan
Magnesium; Robert K. Rude
Melatonin; Amnon Brzezinski and Richard J. Wurtman
Milk Thistle; Elena Ladas, David J. Kroll, and Kara M. Kelly
Niacin; Christelle Bourgeois and Joel Moss
Noni ; Alison D. Pawlus, Bao-Ning Su, Ye Deng, and A. Douglas Kinghorn
Omega-3 Fatty Acids; William S. Harris
Omega-6 Fatty Acids; William L. Smith and Bill Lands
Pancreatic Enzymes; Naresh Sundaresan, Unwanaobong Nseyo, and Joel Moss
Pantothenic Acid; Lawrence Sweetman
Pau d’Arco; Memory P. F. Elvin-Lewis and Walter H. Lewis
Phosphorus; John J. B. Anderson and Sanford C. Garner
Polyphenols Overview; Navindra P. Seeram
Proanthocyanidins; Catherine Kwik-Uribe, Rebecca Robbins, and Gary Beecher
Pygeum; Franc¸ois G. Brackman and Alan Edgar with Paul M. Coates
Quercetin; Jae B. Park
Red Clover; Elizabeth C. Krause, Nancy L. Booth, Colleen E.
Piersen, and Norman R. Farnsworth
Reishi; Solomon P. Wasser
Riboflavin; Richard S. Rivlin
Saw Palmetto; Edward M. Croom and Michael Chan
Selenium; Roger A. Sunde
Shiitake; Solomon P. Wasser
St. John’s Wort; Jerry M. Cott
Taurine; Robin J. Marles, Valerie A. Assinewe, Julia A. Fogg,
Milosz Kaczmarek, and Michael C. W. Sek
Thiamin; Hamid M. Said
Turmeric; Janet L. Funk
Valerian; Dennis V. C. Awang
Vitamin A; A. Catharine Ross
Vitamin B6; James E. Leklem
Vitamin B12; Lindsay H. Allen
Vitamin C; Sebastian Padayatty, Michael Graham Espey, and Mark Levine
Vitamin D; Patsy Brannon, Mary Frances Picciano, and Michelle K. McGuire
Vitamin E; Maret G. Traber
Vitamin K; J. W. Suttie
Yohimbe; Joseph M. Betz
Zinc; Carolyn S. Chung and Janet C. King

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