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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ryna Levy-Milne, PhD, RDN (University of British Columbia)
Description: This book provides a comprehensive look at the mechanisms of action of some of the more popular nutraceuticals and their link to health. Highlights from a nutraceutical conference that was held in Germany in 1998 are included.
Purpose: The objectives are to provide an overview of the basic concepts of nutraceuticals and how they impact health and disease prevention, to provide a comprehensive review of some examples of nutraceuticals that are effective, and to address future research directions and regulatory issues associated with these compounds. Since a great number of consumers are interested in disease prevention and sustaining health, this information is valuable for health practitioners and researchers.
Audience: The book is written for health practitioners and researchers. The editors and authors are credible and knowledgeable in the areas they have authored.
Features: This book covers various examples of nutraceuticals that impact health, including such compounds as vitamin E, S-Adenosylmethionine, omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, carnitine and plant phenols. The nutraceutical examples seem to be well-covered. Unfortunately, the area of nutraceuticals is dynamic and much more research has been done since 1998 when most of the information in this book was compiled. The chapter on regulatory issues is useful but focuses on the FDA's regulations. If these regulations differ from other countries, it would have been useful to discuss comparisons since readership could include health professionals from European countries.
Assessment: This book provides a comprehensive overview of some effective nutraceuticals that impact health. It should help health practitioners to understand the underlying or proposed mechanisms of action of these compounds.