Your companion to basic biochemistry and nutrition courses


1. An Introduction to Vitamins, Minerals and Oxidative Stress *


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Gives the user a quick reference material on the biological role of vitamins and minerals in human metabolism as well as the best food sources where these nutrients can be found.

Presents an overview of the oxidative stress and its implication in human pathology. Outlines the mechanisms of free radicals generation and the ways the body can defend itself against the deleterious actions of these reactive molecules.

Quizzes are also available so you can test your knowledge and this, hopefully will entice you to learn more about these exciting topics.

This book is an excellent companion to the biochemistry/biology course taken by first year college students in life/medical sciences and an additional study material for senior high school students with an interest in life sciences. It may also serve as a useful reading material for instructors, researchers in biomedical sciences, medical practitioners, etc.

The beauty with ebooks is that they can be updated as often as needed at a fraction of the cost for the printed version.

First published in print form: November 2008
Last updated and available in electronic format from this website: February, 2021
What readers are saying about this ebook:
1. An excellent companion to the general biochemistry course and a great help when preparing for my exam. In particular, I liked the Vitamins and Minerals chapter, which gave me a good understanding of the role played by these micronutrients in the body. The chapter on Oxidative Stress introduced me to an important topic not covered enough by the current texts. Excellent idea to include sound files here and there. Good quizzes. - Jane McFarlane, student, University of Chicago.

2. As a specialist working in a large hospital and reading mostly literature in my own field (nephrology) I could not but welcome this well and concisely written ebook. It makes my journey back to the general biochemistry textbook to refresh my memory on the basics of vitamins and minerals a breeze. Taking into account the role played by the free radicals in human pathology I found the chapter on Biological Oxidation and Oxidative Stress to be an excellent minicourse particularly useful for those who have not heard too much on this topic back in their school days. I believe more emphasis should be placed on the subject in the general biochemistry textbooks than is currently the case. I would warmly recommend this book to all medical practitioners. - Alexandre Ganea MD, Service de Nephrologie, Centre Hospitalier La Rochelle, La Rochelle, France.

3. This e-book is intended to be a companion study guide for life sciences undergraduate students taking the general biochemistry course. It focuses on three topics, which are not presented very coherently in most current texts, i.e. vitamins, minerals and oxidative stress. The information on vitamins and minerals is neatly organized and presented as opposed to the current texts where information on these essential micronutrients is scattered throughout the text, not to mention that minerals get far less attention than in the present book. It comes very handy when preparing for an exam.
The chapter on oxidative stress introduces the student to the world of free radicals as well as to processes such as cell signaling, apoptosis and aging in which free radicals were shown to play a role. There is strong evidence to suggest the involvement of reactive oxygen species in several degenerative conditions such as autoimmune disorders, atherosclerosis and cancer. The best defense against the deleterious action of free radicals is a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, which contains numerous antioxidant factors including some vitamins and minerals. Power Point presentations and quizzes add up to a very pleasant reading experience so I warmly recommend this e-book to students and instructors alike. - Professor Dana Iordachescu, Dept. Biochemistry, University of Bucharest, Romania.

2. Foods that harm. foods that promote health: A biochemical and nutritional perspective in health and disease prevention

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Publication date: August 23, 2021
This book looks at fresh (fruits and vegetables) and processed foods from a biochemical and nutritional perspective, as well as the relationship between their content in micronutrients and phytochemicals and the major killer diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. The book also pays special attention to two important topics not addressed by other texts on nutrition, namely low-grade systemic inflammation and caloric restriction, which were consistently shown to impact health and disease. Caloric restriction can help in weight reduction programs and in slowing down age-associated degenerative disorders.

In contrast to other texts on a similar topic, this book is a blend of nutrition, biochemistry and pathology. More specifically, we discuss the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogeny of cancer, heart disease and metabolic syndrome with a constant focus on the relationship between diet and these conditions.

The book will benefit medical students, residents, family doctors and physicians who practice medical nutrition therapy, nutritionists, biomedical researchers, as well as those interested in good health and disease prevention. Readers will learn that whole foods diet is the best bet in the prevention of age-related degenerative diseases as well as an essential aid in the treatment of several human disorders.

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The electronic version (html) will be updated as new evidence comes to light.
Ebook updated on March 30, 2022.

What readers are saying about this book:
1. This is a valuable reference text defining the science of powerful nutrition. Caldwell B. EsselstynJr., M.D., cardiologist and heart surgeon, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, Lyndhurst, OH.
2. As a primary care physician who calls upon biochemical knowledge on a daily basis, Foods That Harm, Foods That Promote Health, has added a new level of appreciation to my interpretation of my patients' laboratory results. Further, the new understandings stemming from the chapters on vitamins and minerals, as well as on oxidative stress, has upgraded my nutritional counseling to a far higher level. This unique book is clearly a valuable addition to the nutritional literature and fills a great need for a textbook focusing on practical, “real-world" nutritional principles. The philosopher, Goethe, said “What you know about, you see…” This excellent work will definitely increase your knowledge of nutrition’s role in creating health (and disease) and, so, will help you see (and do!) much more. 'Foods That Harm, Foods That Promote Health: A biochemical and nutritional perspective in health and disease prevention' should be required reading for every medical and health science student! - Michael Klaper, MD Nutritionally-oriented physician, speaker and educator.
3. This text has been written by several authors with expertise in human biochemistry, nutrition, pathology, clinical medicine and food science. Its integrated approach is very appropriate given the current explosion of scientific knowledge in these disciplines. Medical students and practitioners will find much of value in this very readable and up-to- date book. - Francis Vella, Professor of Biochemistry (retired), University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
4. This is a must read for anybody with an interest in nutrition. The well-structured and approachable analyses of all the main nutrients and digestive processes, combined with the comprehensive overview of the various food items that are beneficial or disease-incurring, make this book an excellent first plunge into the world of nutrition for medical students and the perfect tool to expand one’s understanding of the topic for the health care professionals. - Anca Pop, medical student, School of Medicine, Sibiu, Romania.
5. When you blend biochemistry and pathologies with sound nutrition as a means to prevent chronic degenerative diseases in a book is what 'Food that harm, foods that promote health: a biochemical and nutritional perspective in health and disease prevention' is all about. Add to that conditions such as chronic low grade inflammation and caloric restriction and you get a powerful compagnion text for medical students, residents and family physicians / specialists who wish to keep abreast with the latest developments in nutrition sciences as pertained to clinical practice of disease treatment and prevention. It is with these considerations in mind that I strongly recommend this book as a must read to all medical medical students and health care profesionals. The book will help them expand their understanding and the use of proper nutrition and lifestyle changes for profesional advancement and the benefit of their patients. - Ion Soare, MD, Universith of Toronto, Medical School Professor (retired).

3. The Basics About Micronutrients, Oxidative Stress, Probiotics, Weight Management and the Business of Keeping the Body Healthy

Copyright © 2020-2022, Stefan A. Hulea, PhD.

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The present book brings to you the basic information on the biological role of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), essential fatty acids and probiotics (friendly bacteria), oxidative stress in health and disease as well as how to best manage one's body weight as this is tied to good health and happy life. You will also learn the importance of calorie restriction for the prevention of metabolic syndrome and an early aging.

Last but not least, you will learn about the importance of keeping the body free of toxins of all kind. No lasting good health can be achieved without a proven detoxification program. Detox programs are directed at both the liver and gastrointestinal tract (in particular the colon) because a malfunction of these important organs has dire consequences for one's health.

This book is intended to be a working guide for all concerned with nutritional supplementation as a means for protecting the body against adverse environmental factors of all kinds as well as filling the nutritional gap that exists today in many people's dietary practice.

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