Ebooks for Biologists

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


* This ebook is available in print form and can be ordered from Universal Publishers (the book in PDF format is also available from the Publisher) or major booksellers.
Those who bought the hard copy of the book are eligible for a free copy of the electronic version (in html format - contains video and sound files, interactive quizzes. It makes the reading of this ebook a very interesting experience, not seen before in science ebooks). Proof of payment may be required. Please contact Dr. Hulea at drhulea@biological-oxidation.com for the password.

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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: April, 2019
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. The Basics About Micronutrients, Oxidative Stress, Probiotics, Weight Management and the Business of Keeping the Body Healthy

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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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