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Understanding the Antioxidant Controversy: Scrutinizing the Fountain of Youth (The Praeger Series on Contemporary Health and Living)

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By : Paul E. Milbury, Alice C. Richer

Current scientific evidence suggests that free radicals— unstable by-products produced by normal human metabolic processes—damage the body, resulting in chronic health disorders and degenerative changes associated with aging. Nutritional products on the market today promise antioxidants can reduce—possibly even reverse—damage caused by these free radicals. If true, that would mean less chronic disease and premature aging, at the very least. But are antioxidants indeed the new Fountain of Youth? Media reports extol antioxidants as the solution to disease and aging, and some studies do seem to back up those reports. Yet the studies that have been completed are far from conclusive, and taking antioxidant supplements can be dangerous. This book explores current thinking, analyzes studies, and answers the questions: What are antioxidants? What do they do? Is there any real benefit to taking them as supplements? Are there real dangers for me?Media report preliminary and conflicting scientific studies on antioxidants, notwithstanding the fact that the final analysis about their effectiveness and safety is incomplete. The result is increasing sales of dietary supplements and so-called functional foods or nutraceuticals that are not regulated, nor proven, and a possible public safety crisis from hypersupplementation. Milbury and Richer bring us up to date, sharing nuances and emerging news regarding antioxidants—and their dangers. Understanding the Antioxidant Controversy is an educated consumers’ and health professionals’ guide to this controversial topic.

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May 28th, 2011 at 6:18 am

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Spices: Flavor Chemistry and Antioxidant Properties (Acs Symposium Series)

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By : Sara J. Risch, Chi-Tang Ho

Provides a general overview of spice chemistry. Discusses the characterization, extraction, and intensity of flavors. Identifies the flavor components and antioxidant properties of specific spices. Includes methods for identifying specific spices in blends and proving authenticity of spices. Discusses the antioxidant properties of spices with emphasis on potential health benefits of these spices.

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May 28th, 2011 at 6:14 am

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The antioxidant vitamins C and E

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By : Lester Packer

The proceedings of a March 2002 symposium at the World Congress of the Oxygen Club, in Santa Barbara, California present 19 papers reporting recent findings about the body’s two major dietary antioxidants. Introductory papers on each trace the history of research on them. Other topics include vitamin C pharmacokinetics in healthy men and women, potential adverse effects, the ongoing controversy about the bioavailability and biopotency of vitamin E in humans, and prospects for disease prevention and therapy. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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May 28th, 2011 at 6:09 am

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Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, UIC

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Welcome to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy is located in the College of Pharmacy, and is an integral part of the University of Illinois at Chicago Health Science Center. The two graduate programs that constitute the core teaching mission of the department are Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. The Medicinal Chemistry program includes research in traditional synthetic medicinal chemistry but also incorporates cancer biology and neuroscience research. Pharmacognosy is the study of the chemistry, biochemistry, biology, taxonomy, and ethnobiology of natural products from plant, marine and other life origins. The overarching aim of research programs in the two complementary areas is translational drug discovery. The scopes of both fields are sufficiently broad to give students with many different science backgrounds a rewarding and challenging program of study. Areas of active interest include natural products chemistry, organic synthesis of medicinal agents, computational chemistry, structural biology, cell and molecular biology, drug metabolism, bioanalytical and molecular toxicology, and animal models. Our current research foci are cancer, women’s health, neurodegenerative and related psychiatric disorders, and anti-infectives.

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May 9th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Department of Pharmacognosy, University of Mississippi

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Welcome to the Department of Pharmacognosy at the University of Mississippi. Pharmacognosy as a constituent scientific discipline has for nearly 200 years referred to studies of “natural product drugs”. During the second half of the 20th century, Pharmacognosy evolved from being a descriptive botanical subject to one exhibiting a more chemical and biological focus. The advent of the 21st century has given new relevance to Pharmacognosy teaching in academic pharmacy institutions, as a result of the explosive growth in both the use of herbal remedies (phytomedicines) and the discovery of bioactive products from marine resources. Pharmacognosy research areas are continually expanding, and currently include aspect of cell and molecular biology in relation to natural products, ethnobotany and phytotherapy, in addition to the more traditional analytical method development and phytochemistry.
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May 9th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

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May 9th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

The School of Pharmacy, University of London

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The School of Pharmacy, University of London is the only free-standing specialist school in the UK dedicated entirely to teaching and research in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences; with world-class teaching and a top rated research quality profile. Its mission is to lead in education, research and policy development that benefits patients and healthcare practice, medicines discovery and development, and society; focusing on four key areas – Drug Discovery, Formulation Sciences, Neuroscience, and Medicines Use and Health; and help develop new areas of significance, such as Behavioural Medicine, Paediatric Pharmacy, Gene Therapy and Nanomedicine.
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May 9th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Traditional Medicine: A Global Perspective

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By Steven B., Ph.D. Kayne

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This is a contributed text on traditional medicines throughout the world. Almost 20 years ago the World Health Organization estimated that ‘In many countries, 80 per cent or more of the population living in rural areas are cared for by traditional practitioners and birth attendants’. It has since revised its view, adopting a rather safer position, now stating: ‘most of the population of most developing countries regularly use traditional medicine’. Whereas most people use traditional medicine in developing countries, only a minority have regular access to reliable modern medical services. Countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America use traditional medicine (TM) to help meet some of their primary health care needs. In Africa, up to 80 per cent of the population uses traditional medicine for primary health care. In industrialized countries, adaptations of traditional medicine are termed ‘Complementary’ or ‘Alternative’ (CAM). Over one-third of the population in developing countries lack access to essential medicines. The provision of safe and effective traditional medicine therapies could become a critical tool to increase access to health care.

  • Publisher: Pharmaceutical Press
  • Number Of Pages: 331
  • Publication Date: 2009-12-02
  • ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0853698333
  • ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780853698333

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May 9th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

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The Wildflower Center

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Lady Bird Johnson, our former first lady, and actress Helen Hayes founded an organization in 1982 to protect and preserve North America’s native plants and natural landscapes. First as the National Wildflower Research Center and later as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, this special place exists to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants. Every day, the Wildflower Center brings life to Mrs. Johnson’s vision in its public gardens, its woodlands and sweeping meadows as well as in internationally influential research. In 2006, the Center became an Organized Research Unit of the University of Texas at Austin.

URL : http://www.wildflower.org

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May 9th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

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