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Resveratrol in Health and Disease


ISBN10: 849333717
ISBN13: 9780849333712

Publisher: CRC Press

Price: $199.95
Pages: 712
Publish date: January 2005

Presents the very first volume dedicated to the resveratrol, with a 5000 year history of evidence based health benefits Brings together research from across numerous fields Includes information that will benefit researchers and clinicians, as well as individuals interested in improving their own nutrition Spans the world to bring you the contributions of more than 50 leading authorities from 11 nations Edited by one of the world's most highly cited scientists (Institute of Scientific Information) Practicing evidenced-based medicine some 25 centuries ago, Hippocrates proclaimed Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. This advice parallels the common American saying, You are what you eat, and is supported by a National Institute of Health recommendation to consume as many as eight servings of fruits and vegetables daily to prevent common diseases. One of the most therapeutically significant components found in food is the polyphenol resveratrol. First described in Ayurvedic medicine 5000 years ago as a cardiotonic, resveratrol is found in several fruits and vegetables including grapes, peanuts, cranberries, blueberries, mulberries, and jackfruit. A favorite and rich source of resveratrol is red wine. Resveratrol in Health and Disease draws on the expertise of an international panel, representing a cross-section of nutrition-related disciplines, to examine the effects and properties of this legendary nutrient. It explores research that examines a wide range of purported healing and preventive powers: Cardioprotective agent Antitumor agent Angiogenesis inhibitor Antioxidant Radioprotective agent Phytoestrogen source Antifungal and antibacterial agent Neuroprotective agent Modulator of immune system Anti-inflammatory agent Reviewing recent literature, these pages explore the pharmacokinetics and metabolism of resveratrol, consider its molecular targets, and look at its role in modulating gene expression, as well as its impact on the mechanism of apoptosis and cell signaling pathways. Considering the prohibitive costs of modern medicine, the need for readily available products that are safe and efficacious is critical. Consequently, Resveratrol in Health and Disease may well find its own place in history by providing scientists, clinicians, herbalogists, naturopaths, and those they serve, with the first comprehensive overview of this long-lauded tonic.

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