The Vitamins

The Vitamins : Fundamental Aspects in Nutrition and Health

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The third edition of this bestselling text will again provide the latest coverage of the biochemistry and physiology of vitamins and vitamin-like substances. Extensively revised and expanded on the basis of recent research findings with enlarged coverage of health effects of vitamin-like factors, it is ideally suited for students and an important reference for anyone interested in nutrition, food science, animal science or endocrinology. It contains a cohesive and well-organized presentation of each of the vitamins, as well as the history of their discoveries and current information about their roles in nutrition and health.
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  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 215.9 x 281.94 x 33.02mm | 1,882.4g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • Approx. 110 illustrations
  • 012183493X
  • 9780121834937
  • 2,118,597

Table of contents

Part I. Perspectives on the Vitamins in Nutrition
1. What is a Vitamin?
2. Discovery of the Vitamins
3. Chemical and Physiological Properties of Vitamins
4. Vitamin Deficiency
Part II. Considering the Individual Vitamins
5. Vitamin A
6. Vitamin D
7. Vitamin E
8. Vitamin K
9. Vitamin C
10. Thiamin
11. Riboflavin
12. Niacin
13. Vitamin B6
14. Biotin
15. Pantothenic Acid
16. Folate
17. Vitamin B12
18. Quasi-Vitamins
Part III. Using Current Knowledge of the Vitamins
19. Sources of Vitamins
20. Assessing Vitamin Status
21. Quantifying Vitamin Needs
22. Vitamin Safety
Appendix A Vitamin Terminology: Past and Present
Appendix B Original Reports for Case Studies
Appendix C A Core of Current Vitamin Research Literature
Appendix D Vitamin Contents of Foods
Appendix E Vitamin Contents of Feedstuffs

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"It was a pleasure to read this magnificent book that can be used for teaching and as a desk reference. In short, this is the premier textbook in vitamins and may be used at both the graduate and undergraduate levels."

"This text would be useful for anyone teaching a course about vitamins."

"The organization of the book is a unique and useful approach to presenting material. Students will find the formatting of individual chapters extremely useful. This is an excellent learning textbook for an undergraduate or early graduate course on the vitamins."

"The book is obviously valuable to those teaching or using information associated with vitamins. I also recommend the book to other teachers as a way of presenting material to students to learn rather than memorize."

"The strength of this book is the clear description of the chemistry of each vitamin and related compounds and of the biochemistry and metabolic functions in the body. For those who want to build their knowledge of the vitamins on a chemical and biochemical base, this book will prove excellent."
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About Gerald F. Combs

Gerald F. Combs, Jr., Ph.D., is a Emeritus Professor of Nutrition at Cornell University. His specialties are the nutritional biochemistry of trace elements and vitamins, clinical intervention studies, and the linkages of agriculture and human health in national development. He has authored or co-authored 279 publications, including two major reference books.
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