Pocket Guide to Micronutrients in Health and Disease

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A convenient, pocket-size guide to micronutrient therapy.

An optimal supply of vitamins, minerals and trace elements can evoke a positive change in the biochemical and metabolic processes that take place in the body. The application of this knowledge has led to the development of an effective new approach to preventing and treating a variety of diseases. The selective use of micronutrients is a simple and practical method of nutritional therapy with clinically recognized effectiveness.

Michael Zimmermann, M.D., lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, provides into his indisputable pocket reference all the practically relevant facts of micronutrient therapy in a compact and user-friendly form.


  • Convenient overview of the individual micronutrient groups
  • Helpful organization according to age group
  • 65 clinical diagnoses with therapeutic recommendations
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588900432
  • Publisher: Thieme
  • Publication date: 2/24/2001
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Laboratory for Human Nutrition, ETH University, Zurich, Switzerland

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Table of Contents




I. The Micronutrients

- The Vitamins


  Folic Acid

  Niacin (Vitamin B3)

  Pantothenic Acid

  Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

  Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

  Vitamin A (and the carotenoids)

  Vitamin B6

  Vitamin C

  Vitamin D

  Vitamin E

  Vitamin K

- The Minerals and Trace Elements













- The Amino Acids


  Branched-Chain Amino Acids: Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine


  Cysteine and Glutathione




  Phenylalanine and Tyrosine



- The Fats

  Choline and Lecithin

  Essential Fatty Acids: omega-3 and omega-6 Fatty Acids

- The Antioxidants

  Antioxidants and Free Radicals

  Coenzyme Q10


II. Micronutrient Supplementation Through the Lifecycle

- Women Considering Pregnancy

- Pregnancy and Lactation

- Infancy (The First Year)

  1-3 Years of Age

  >4 Years of Age and Adolescents

- Older Adulthood


III. Prevention and Therapy

-Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome


-Alcohol Abuse

-Allergic Rhinitis





-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


-Cervical Dysplasia

-Cigarette Smoking

-Common Cold and Influenza


-Constipation and Diverticulitis

-Coronary Heat Disease and Atherosclerosis

-Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

-Dental Caries


-Diabetes Mellitus




-Fibrocystic Breast Disease

-Food Sensitivities



-Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

-Heavy Metal Intoxication

-Herpes Simplex

-Hypertension and Stroke




-Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Ulcerative Colitis and Chron's Disease


-Irritable Bowel Syndrome

-Kidney Stones



-Multiple Sclerosis

-Muscle Cramps


-Oral Apthae

-Oral Contraceptives



-Otitis Media

-Parkinson's Disease

-Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

-Prostatic Hypertrophy


-Rheumatoid Arthritis



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