Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements

Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements

by Michael T. Murray N.D.


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People of the nineties want empowerment over illness. And they've got it—if they know the facts!
In his new book, Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements, naturopathic physician Michael T. Murray guides readers through the often complex, conflicting information regarding nutritional supplements. Each chapter profiles major vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, nutrients, and glandular extracts, including information on the following:
·deficiency signs / symptoms
·recommended dietary allowance
·beneficial effects
·available forms
·principal uses
·dosage ranges
·safety issues
Based on extensive scientific research, Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements empowers readers to make educated decisions about which supplements to take for health conditions including cancer, arthritis, depression, high cholesterol, allergies, heart disease and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761504108
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 07/18/1996
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 461,928
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.13(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael T. Murray, N.D. is widely regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine. He is a graduate, faculty member, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Murray is the co-author of A Textbook of Natural Medicine, the definitive textbook on naturopathic medicine for physicians, as well as the consumer version - Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. He has also written over 20 other books including The Healing Power of Herbs and The Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements.
As a consultant to the health food industry, Dr. Murray has been instrumental in bringing many effective natural products to North America, including:
·Glucosamine sulfate
·St. John's wort extract
·Ginkgo biloba extract
·Enteric coated peppermint oil
·Saw palmetto berry extract
For the past twenty years, Dr. Murray has been compiling a massive database of original scientific studies from the medical literature. He has personally collected over 50,000 articles from the scientific literature which provide strong evidence on the effectiveness of diet, vitamins, minerals, glandular extracts, herbs, and other natural measures in the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease. It is from this constantly expanding database that Dr. Murray provides the answers on health and healing. According to Dr. Murray: "One of the great myths about natural medicines is that they are not scientific. The fact of the matter is that for most common illnesses there is greater support in the medical literature for a natural approach than there is for drugs or surgery."
Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the natural approach that can put them on the road to lifelong health. Michael T. Murray, N.D. has dedicated his life to educating physicians, patients, and the general public on the tremendous healing power of nature. In addition to his books, which have cumulative sales of over two million copies, Dr. Murray has written thousands of articles, appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs, and lectured to hundreds of thousands of people nationwide.

Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction to Nutritional Supplements
Chapter Organization

1. The Emerging Role of Nutritional Supplementation in Medicine

What Exactly Is Science?
Science and Natural Medicine
The Emerging Philosophy of Medicine
Functions of Vitamins and Minerals
The Growing Popularity of Nutritional Supplementation
RDA Is Not Enough
Accessory Nutrients
An Important Caveat

Some Practical Recommendations

Recommendation 1—Take a High-Quality Multiple Vitamin and Mineral Formula
Recommendation 2—Take Extra Antiozidants
Recommendation 3—Take One Tablespoon of Flaxseed Oil Daily

Part II: Vitamins
Fat-Soluble Vitamins
Water-Soluble Vitamins
Unofficial B Vitamins

3. Vitamin A and Carotenes
4. Vitamin D
5. Vitamin E
6. Vitamin K
7. Vitamin C
8. Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
9. Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
10. Niacin (Vitamin B3)
11. Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
12. Biotin
13. Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) and Pantethine
14. Folic Acid
15. Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
16. Choline
17. Inositol
Part III: Minerals
18. Calcium
19. Magnesium
20. Potassium
21. Zinc
22. Boron
23. Chromium
24. Copper
25. Iodine
26. Iron
27. Manganese
28. Molybdenum
29. Selenium
30. Silicon
31. Vanadium
Part IV: Essential Fatty Acids
32. Understanding Fats and Oils
33. Essential Fatty Acid Supplementation
Part V: Accessory Nutrients
34. Carnitine
35. Coenxyme Q10
36. Fiber Supplements
37. Flavonoids
38. Gamma-oryzanol 2
39. Glucosamine
40. Lipoic Acid
41. Medium-Chain Triglycerides
42. Melatonin
43. Phosphatidylserine
44. Probiotics
45. S-adenosylmethionine (SAM)
Part VI: Glandular Products
46. Adrenal Extracts
47. Aortic Glycosaminoglycans
48. Liver Extracts
49. Pancreatic Signs and Symptoms
50. Spleen Extracts
51. Thymus Extracts
52. Thyroid Extracts
Part VII: Quick Reference Guide for Specific Health Conditions
Age Spots
AIDS and HIV Infection
Alzheimer's Disease, Senility, and Dementia
Attention Deficit Disorder
Bladder Infections
Bronchitis and Pneumonia
Canker Sores
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cerebrovascular Insufficiency
Cholesterol, Elevated Blood Levels
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Cold Sores
Common Cold
Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Ear Infections and Chronic Otitis Media
Fibroid (Uterine)
Fibrocystic Breast Disease
Food Allergy
Hay Fever
High Blood Pressure
Infertility (Female)
Inkrtility (Male)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Kidney Stones
Lyme Disease
Macular Degeneration
Migraine Headache
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson's Disease
Premenstrual Syndrome
Prostate Enlargement (BPH)
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sinus Infection
Surgery Preparation and Recovery
Varicose Veins


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Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finding the right vitamin and mineral supplements is enough to make one sick. Check any health food or drug store, and you'll be swamped by an endless array of pretty vitamin and mineral packages, sometimes with little nutritional value inside. Since many general medical practitioners have little education on nutrition, and the public has been bombarded with endless claims of vitamin and mineral superiority by clever marketing campaigns, where does one turn? Fortunately, Dr. Michael Murray, a leading alternative health doctor, has broken down, in layperson's terms, the correct combination of vitamins and minerals to take, safety factors, and dosage ranges. He even writes several chapters on accessory nutrients -- flax oil, bioflavonoids, carnitine, to name a few-- that may or may not enhance standard vitamin and mineral supplementation. Written in a lively, informative and detailed fashion, The Essential Guide for Improving Your Health Nauturally champions substance over style, as Murray sites an incredible array of studies to back his writings. In addition to writing chapters on essential vitamins and minerals, Murray addresses specific health concerns, and the supplements that may help prevent or cure them. As Murray has expertly shown in his previous masterpiece, The Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, vitamins and minerals play an integral role in our health. As a former allergy sufferer, this reviewer has not had an attack when taking the bioflavonoid, quercetin. Murray explains expertly why quercetin has an affinity for reducing histamine (a main cause of allergies), as just one example of how alternative health can safely enhance a person's health. Most importantly, Murray discusses the most absorbable forms of vitamins and minerals. After reading his book, you will be sure to graduate to an expert label reader, and understand that many vitamins and minerals are virtually worthless. One can infer from Murray that to pay a little more might be worth better health in the long run. Yes, the book has many pages, but it's a relatively easy read. Murray has the knack to not talk down to his readers. Consequently, the consumer will better understand the intricate world of proper supplementation. After all, your health deserves more than purchasing a bottle of supplements with artificial colorings, talc, mineral oils and low quality binders. In summary, for anyone interested in health, The Essential Guide for Improving Your Health Naturally serves as a great informational supplement to health, in general. Now, put down those Hostess Twinkies and rush to your fa
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This is an outstanding piece of work that Michael Murray has compiled! Whether you are a beginner or an expert in nutrition, you will find this book very insightful ! In this work he documents a comprehensive list of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, nutrients, and glandular extracts. Mr. Murray also elaborates on the functions and uses of each to provide sound education to the reader. My favorite part of the book is that he includes many different lists of whole food sources to obtain everything listed above. For instance, when he discusses Magnesium, he breaks down what foods have the highest magnesium content and what foods have the lowest. This is an extremely valuable source of nutritional information and I would recommend this book to everyone! - Dr. Matthew J. Loop (Author of 'Cracking the Cancer Code')