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A benchmark survey of current clinical findings on the complex interactions between diet, stress, and mental health, and their impact on disease states. The authors give special attention to the influence of stress on physical health, mental health, and cognitive function, including the critical effects of maternal nutritional status and stress levels on fetal physical and mental development, the role of lipids in the development and treatment of depression, the role of fish oil in the development of aggressive behaviors, and the consequences of obesity on stress and the development of eating disorders. Additional chapters examine the effects of stress on chronic disorders, women, and cardiac function, and the influence of inflammation on diet, neurological functions, disease incidence, and cognitive functions.show more

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  • Hardback | 438 pages
  • 186 x 256 x 30mm | 1,138.53g
  • Humana Press Inc.
  • Totowa, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2005 ed.
  • 62 Illustrations, black and white; XIV, 438 p. 62 illus.
  • 1588294323
  • 9781588294326

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Although it has long been recognized that what we eat and how we deal with stress play a major role in disease prevention and treatment, it is only recently that the scientific basis of this relationship has been aggressively studied. In Nutrients, Stress, and Medical Disorders, prominent researchers from academia, industry, and medicine survey current clinical findings on the complex interactions between diet, mental health, and stress, and their impact on disease states. The authors consider specific nutrients (fatty acids, glucocorticoids, herbal products, and alcohol), the effects of food, and stress, taking into account even environmental influences other than diet and their effects on stress and central nervous system functions. They give special attention to the influence of stress on physical health, mental health, and cognitive function, including the critical effects of maternal nutritional status and stress levels on fetal physical and mental development, the role of lipids in the development and treatment of depression, the role of fish oil in the development of aggressive behaviors, and the consequences of obesity on stress and the development of eating disorders. Additional chapters examine the effects of stress on chronic disorders, women, and cardiac function, and the influence of inflammation on diet, neurological functions, disease incidence, and cognitive functions. Authoritative and up-to-date, Nutrients, Stress, and Medical Disorders offers health professionals in many areas of research and practice not only an easy-to-understand benchmark review of the importance of nutrition in reducing stress-related chronic diseases and optimizing health, but also insight into exciting possibilities for drug development, the design of therapeutic programs, and future research opportunities.show more

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From the reviews: "S. Yehuda and D. Mostofsky have gathered in this volume ... a total of 25 chapters divided in 4 parts, each chapter presenting a particular aspect of the relationships between 2 of the 3 terms contained in the title, i.e. nutrients and stress, nutrients and medical disorders, and stress and medical disorders. ... provides a wealth of information on the various links between nutrition, stress and brain function. It should therefore be very useful for the scientific and medical community interested in nutritional neurosciences." (Sylvie Chalon, Psychoneuroendocrinology, June, 2006)show more

Table of contents

I. History, Methodology, and Basic Science Stress Revisited: A Methodological and Conceptual History Martha M. Faraday Experimental Protocols for the Study of Stress in Animals and Humans Carla Gambarana Neurobiological Foundations of Stress Michael R. Foy, Jeansok J. Kim, Tracey J. Shors, and Richard F. Thompson The Beneficial Effects of Fruit and Vegetable Supplementation on Neuronal Signaling and Behavior in Aging: Beyond Antioxidants J. A. Joseph, B. Shukitt-Hale, and G. Casadesus Effects of Stress and Nutrition on Blood-Brain Barrier Functions Akihiko Urayama and William A. Banks II. Nutrients and Stress Essential Fatty Acids and Stress Shlomo Yehuda, Sharon Rabinovitz, and David I. Mostofsky Stress, Glucocorticoids, and the Brain R. H. DeRijk and E. R. de Kloet Herbal Products, Stress, and the Mind David Wheatley Stress and Food Craving Sharon Rabinovitz Stress, Alcohol Consumption, and the Hypothalamic-Pituitary- Adrenal Axis Maria M. Glavas and Joanne Weinberg Influences on Diet and Stress Across Space and Time: A Contextual Perspective Daniel Kim and Ichiro Kawachi III. Health, Mental Health, and Cognitive Functions Nutrition and Stress and the Developing Fetus Rinat Armony-Sivan and Arthur I. Eidelman Lipids and Depression Basant K. Puri Nicotine, Sleep, and Depression Javier Velazquez-Moctezuma and Rene Drucker-Colin Aggression, Fish Oil, and Noradrenergic Activity Tomohito Hamazaki Stress in the Pathogenesis of Eating Disorders and Obesity Gal Dubnov and Elliot M. Berry IV. Chronic Disorders and Inflammation Effect of Dietary Hypercholesteremia on Host Immune Response Roger M. Loria Treatment of Huntington's Disease With EicosapentaenoicAcid Basant K. Puri Major Stressors in Women's Health: The Role of Nutrition Adrianne Bendich and Ronit Zilberboim Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Metabolic Syndrome X Undurti N. Das Dietary Management of Stress Using Amino Acid Supplements Miro Smriga and Kunio Torii Conditioned Nutritional Requirements of the Failing Heart Michael J. Sole Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Neuro-Inflammation Sophie Laye and Robert Dantzer Pathophysiological Effects of Inflammatory Mediators and Stress on Distinct Memory Systems Lisa A. Teather The Interaction Between Nutrition and Inflammatory Stress Throughout the Life Cycle Robert F. Grimble Indexshow more

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From the reviews: "S. Yehuda and D. Mostofsky have gathered in this volume ... a total of 25 chapters divided in 4 parts, each chapter presenting a particular aspect of the relationships between 2 of the 3 terms contained in the title, i.e. nutrients and stress, nutrients and medical disorders, and stress and medical disorders. ... provides a wealth of information on the various links between nutrition, stress and brain function. It should therefore be very useful for the scientific and medical community interested in nutritional neurosciences." (Sylvie Chalon, Psychoneuroendocrinology, June, 2006)show more

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