Antioxidants in Food, Vitamins and Supplements bridges the gap between books aimed at consumers and technical volumes written for investigators in antioxidant research. It explores the role of oxidative stress in the pathophysiology of various diseases as well as antioxidant foods, vitamins, and all antioxidant supplements, including herbal supplements. It offers healthcare professionals a rich resource of key clinical information and basic scientific explanations relevant to the development and prevention of specific diseases. The book is written at an intermediate level, and can be easily understood by readers with a college level chemistry and biology background.

Key Features

  • Covers both oxidative stress-induced diseases as well as antioxidant-rich foods (not the chemistry of antioxidants)
  • Contains easy-to-read tables and figures for quick reference information on antioxidant foods and vitamins
  • Includes a glycemic index and a table of ORAC values of various fruits and vegetables for clinicians to easily make recommendations to patients


Primary: health care professionals including practicing physicians, resident physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists; Secondary: pathologists, clinical chemists and toxicologists will also buy the book because these health care professionals are interested in developing laboratory tests.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction to Free Radicals and the Body’s Antioxidant Defense

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Free Radicals

1.3 The Body’s Antioxidant Defense

1.4 Conclusion


Chapter 2. Methods for Measuring Oxidative Stress in the Laboratory

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Measuring Total Antioxidant Capacity

2.3 Markers of Oxidative Stress in Human Blood and Other Parameters

2.4 Markers of Lipid Peroxidation

2.5 Markers of Protein and DNA Damage

2.6 Measurement of Antioxidant Enzymes and Other Compounds

2.7 Electron Spin Resonance and Related Methods to Study Free Radicals

2.8 Conclusion


Chapter 3. Oxidative Stress Induced by Air Pollution and Exposure to Sunlight

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Composition of Polluted Air

3.3 Outdoor Air Pollution is Linked to Many Diseases

3.4 Indoor Air Quality is also Linked to Diseases

3.5 Air Pollution and Diseases: Role of Oxidative Stress

3.6 Air Quality: Seasonal Variation and Urban Versus Rural Area

3.7 Air Quality Index: Cleanest and Dirtiest US Cities

3.8 Exposure to Sunlight and the Ultraviolet Index

3.9 Exposure to Sunlight, Oxidative Stress, and Skin Cancer

3.10 Exposure to Sunlight, Oxidative Stress, and Ophthalmological Disorders

3.11 Conclusion


Chapter 4. Oxidative Stress Caused by Cigarette Smoking, Alcohol Abuse, and Drug Abuse

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Cigarette Smoking in the United States and Related Health Hazards

4.3 Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the United States

4.4 Conclusion


Chapter 5. Oxidative Stress Induced by Household Chemicals

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Various Household Products and Their Active Ingredients

5.3 Glue and Solvent Abuse: A Significant Problem with Adolescents<


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About the authors

Amitava Dasgupta

Amitava Dasgupta received his PhD degree in Chemistry from Stanford University and his fellowship training in Clinical Chemistry from the Laboratory Medicine Department of the University of Washington School of Medicine at Seattle. He is a tenured Full Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center located at the Texas Medical Center at Houston. Dr. Dasgupta has published 210 scientific papers, written many invited review articles, and has edited, co-edited or written 15 books. He is on the Editorial Board of five major medical journals including American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Clinica Chimica Acta and Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis.

Kimberly Klein

Kimberly Klein received her undergraduate degree in nutrition from the University of Florida and her Doctoral of Medicine degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in the department of pathology at University of Texas Health Sciences Center and her sub-specialization training in the field transfusion medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center located at the Texas Medical Center at Houston. She has several published papers in field of pathology in the in Transfusion, surgical infection, disease of the month, and the Journal of Breast.