The Health Professional's Guide to Popular Dietary Supplements / Edition 3

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More than 80 popular vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbals, enzymes, and other supplements are covered in this updated and indexed guide. Each entry includes a description of what the supplement is and how it might work, key points summarizing the research, a list of food sources, dosage information, information on bioavailability, description of relevant research and safety issues. New features include:

  • 10 New Supplements
  • New Drug-Supplement Information for Each Entry
  • New Safety Data
  • More than 340 New References
  • Entry Index

This book helps make sense of the claims and facts surrounding the numerous dietary supplements on the market.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer:Sharon W. Ewing, PhD, FNP, APRN, BS(University of Arizona College of Nursing)
Description:This book provides a commentary on the latest scientific research published about 79 popular dietary supplements, both herbal and nutraceutical. The supplements are listed in alphabetical order by its commonly used name with the Latin name or acronym following in parentheses. This edition has been recently updated, now including 340 new references and 10 additional supplements.
Purpose:It is intended for health professionals or very savvy nonprofessionals who need to keep up-to-date with the potential harms or benefits of common supplements. The authors do a great job of presenting the current research in a balanced way. References commonly cited to lend authority to product advertising are also presented, regardless of the quality of the research.
Audience:The author has successfully prepared a book that should interest any healthcare provider who is curious enough about the claims of the various supplements to look up what is actually known about them. The format is concise and to the point; information is easily located even without an index. Each chapter begins with an efficacy summary for each marketing claim that is drawn directly from the literature, making the weight of research evidence visible at a glance. The author, a registered dietitian herself, has gathered together 15 PhDs and registered dietitians as reviewers, giving the book an uncommon authority.
Features:For nearly 80 popular supplements, the author reviews and comments on the current state of the literature. Media and marketing claims are identified;any warnings or interactions that might exist are listed. The key points of the literature are summarized, possible food sources listed, dosage information or bioavailability described. The author presents the relevant research studies, listing the significant results, pointing out weaknesses where they exist and giving the researcher's conclusions. Each section ends with a bullet list of safety warnings and references. Dietary Intake Tables, a supplement intake assessment, and the government's dietary supplement regulations are found among the six appendixes. A very useful list of web addresses is found there, too.
Assessment:In this fast-developing the field, the update was great to see. This is a reference book more in tune with the scientific training of healthcare professionals. It goes into greater depth about each of the supplements it discusses than Skidmore-Roth's Mosby's Handbook of Herbs and Natural Supplements (Mosby, 2001), and has a greater focus on nutraceuticals. It is definitely worth the price for the assessment of the research studies alone.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880913638
  • Publisher: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 682
  • Sales rank: 396,174
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Part 1 Alphabetical Guide to Dietary Supplements
Acidophilus/Lactobacillus Acidophilus (LA) 2
Alanine 8
Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) 11
Androstenedione and Androstenediol 16
Arginine 20
Aspartic Acid/Asparagine 30
Bee Pollen 33
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) 36
Boron 41
Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) 45
Bromelain 51
Calcium 58
Carnitine (L-Carnitine) 68
Chitosan 77
Chondroitin Sulfate 82
Chromium 85
Coenzyme Q[subscript 10] 94
Colostrum/Bovine Colostrum 102
Conjugated Linoleic Acid 108
Cranberry Extract 115
Creatine 119
Dehydroepiandosterone (DHEA) 129
Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) 138
Echinacea 141
Fish Oil 147
Flaxseed 160
Folate/Folic Acid 167
Fructooligosacharides (FOS) 175
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) 180
Gamma Oryzanol (Phytosterols) 191
Garlic 194
Ginkgo biloba 204
Ginseng 211
Glucosamine 221
Glutamine 227
Glycerol 231
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) 236
Green Tea Extract 239
5-Hydroxy-Tryptophan (5-HTP) 246
[beta]-Hydroxy -Methylbutyrate (HMB) 251
Hydroxycitric Acid (Garcinia cambogia) 256
Kava (Piper methysticum) 259
Lecithin/Choline 264
Lysine 269
Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica) 273
Magnesium 280
Melatonin 291
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) 300
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) 302
Noni Juice 308
Pancreatin 310
Pantothenic Acid 313
Phosphatidylserine 317
Potassium 321
Pyruvate 326
Royal Jelly 332
S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) 335
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) 344
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) 350
Selenium 353
Shark Cartilage 359
Sodium Bicarbonate 363
Soy Protein and Isoflavoness 365
Spirulina/ Blue-Green Algae 377
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) 382
Vanadium 387
Vitamin A/Beta-Carotene 392
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 405
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 410
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 412
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 418
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) 426
Vitamin C 433
Vitamin D 445
Vitamin E 451
Wheat Grass and Barley Grass 467
Whey Protein 470
Yohimbine/ Yohimbe 474
Zinc 478
Part 2 Appendixes
Appendix A Government Regulation of Dietary Supplements 491
Appendix B Ethical Issues and Dietary Supplements 503
Appendix C Supplements Sorted by Purported Use 507
Appendix D Dietary Intake Tables 512
Appendix E Additional Resources 519
Appendix F Dietary Supplement Intake Assessment 525
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