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Burgerstein's Handbook of Nutrition

Micronutrients in the Prevention and Therapy of Disease


Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9783131279514
Publication Date: July 2001

The complete guide to treating and preventing illness through micronutrient therapy!

Prevention and Therapy Through Balanced Nutrition.

The selective use of micronutrients is a simple and practical method of nutritional therapy with proven effectiveness. This handbook gives both professionals and interested consumers a thorough understanding of the prevention and treatment of illness through balanced nutrition. A practical color key guides you through this handbook.

The basic principles of micronutrition: Micronutrient therapy concerns the treatment of illnesses with substances that are normally present in the human body, such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. In this introductory section, you learn how to use this knowledge for enhanced health and well-being.

What is healthy nutrition? This section introduces the basic building blocks of balanced diet, and includes a brief introduction to vegetarian nutrition.

The micronutrients: In this section, all micronutrients are presented, along with a discussion of their functions in the body and their therapeutic benefits. The effects of deficiencies, and their manifestations, are described in detail.

Micronutrition through the life cycle: Micronutrient needs do not remain constant throughout life. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, for example, requirements are higher for many micronutrients. The nutritional needs of children differ greatly from those of the aged. The effect of nutrition and lifestyle on longevity is also discussed in this chapter.

Micronutrients in prevention and therapy: This important section provides detailed information on the use of micronutrients in the log-term prevention and therapy of specific conditions and diseases.

Appendix: Here you will find a variety of additional information on drug-micronutrient interactions, nutrient-nutrient interactions, and laboratory assessment of micronutrients status.

Michael Zimmermann, MD is Director of Postgraduate studies at the Laboratory for Human Nutrition, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland.

1 The Basic Principles of Micronutrition
The Role of Micronutrients in Prevention and Therapy
Mechanism of Action
Variability in Micronutrient Requirements among Individuals
2 Micronutrients in Foods
Micronutrients in the Diets of Industrialized Countries
The Difference between the Diet of Our Distant Ancestors and Our Diet Today
Food Sources of Micronutrients
Vegetarian Diets
3 The Micronutrients
Minerals and Trace Elements
Fats and Fat-Related Compounds
Amino Acids
Antioxidants and Free Radicals
4 Micronutrition through the Life Cycle
Planning a Pregnancy
Breastfeeding and Infancy
Childhood and Adolescence
Aging and Longevity
5 Micronutrients as Prevention and Therapy
Skin Care
Eye and Ear Care
Oral Health
Digestive Disorders
Cardiovascular Disease
Disorders of Blood Sugar Regulation
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Infectious Diseases
Allergic Disorders
Nervous System Disorders I
Nervous System Disorders II
Psychiatric Disorders
Women's Health
Urinary Tract Disorders
Stress and Fatigue
Cigarette Smoking
Heavy Alcohol Consumption
Exposure to Heavy Metals
Exercise and Sport
Appendix I: Drug-Micronutrient Interactions
Appendix II: Nutrient-Nutrient Interactions
Appendix III: Laboratory Diagnosis of Micronutrient Status

Thought-provoking...informative in an area of medicine that is becoming increasingly mainstream...reader-friendly expanded my approach to treatment...recommended to physicians, residents, and medical students. -- Journal of the American Board of Family Practice

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