Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for the Aging Population presents scientific evidence of the impact bioactive foods can have in the prevention and mediation of age related diseases. Written by experts from around the world, this volume provides important information that will not only assist in treatment therapies, but inspire research and new work related to this area.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the role of bioactive foods in addressing chronic conditions associated with aging and senescence
  • Important information for developing research on this rapidly growing population representing an increasingly significant financial burden
  • Documents foods that can affect metabolic syndrome and ways the associated information could be used to understand other diseases, which share common etiological pathways.


Nutritionists, dieticians, biomedical researchers whose focus is addressing the dietary needs of the aging population; food scientists targeting health-related product development.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments for Bioactive Foods in Chronic Disease States

Preface: Aging Bioactive Foods


Chapter 1. Antioxidant Supplementation in Health Promotion and Modulation of Aging: An Overview

1. Oxygen and Oxidative Stress

2. Antioxidant Defenses

3. Oxidative Stress and Aging

4. Dietary Antioxidants in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease



Further Reading

Chapter 2. Dietary Effects on Epigenetics with Aging


1. Introduction

2. Epigenetics

3. SAM and Methyl Metabolism

4. Acetyl-Coa and Energy Metabolism

5. Age-Related Disease and Aging

6. Foods, Metabolism, and Epigenetics

7. Foods, Supplements, and Methyl Metabolism

8. Foods, Supplements, and Acetyl Metabolism

9. Carbohydrates Versus Fats

10. Mitochondrial Health

11. Additional Nutritional Factors in Epigenetics

12. Conclusions and Future Directions


Relevant Websites

Chapter 3. Bioactive Foods in Aging: The Role in Cancer Prevention and Treatment

1. The Burden of Cancer

2. Bioactive Foods

3. The Processes of Aging

4. Free Radicals, Aging, and Cancer

5. Cancer

6. Bioactive Foods in Cancer Treatment

7. Conclusion


Chapter 4. Vitamins and Older Adults

1. Introduction

2. Vitamins

3. Dietary Supplements

4. Conclusion


Chapter 5. Food and Longevity Genes


1. Introduction

2. Historical View of DR

3. Neuroendocrine Hypothesis of DR

4. Longevity Genes and Relevance to the Effect of DR

5. Conclusion



Chapter 6. Diet, Social Inequalities, and Physical Capability in Older People

1. Diet and Nutrition in Older Age<


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About the authors

Ronald Ross Watson

Ronald R. Watson, Ph.D., attended the University of Idaho but graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a degree in chemistry in 1966. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Michigan State University in 1971. His postdoctoral schooling in nutrition and microbiology was completed at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he gained 2 years of postdoctoral research experience in immunology and nutrition. From 1973 to 1974 Dr. Watson was assistant professor of immunology and performed research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the Indiana University Medical School from 1974 to 1978 and associate professor at Purdue University in the Department of Food and Nutrition from 1978 to 1982. In 1982 Dr. Watson joined the faculty at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the School of Medicine. He is currently professor of health promotion sciences in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health. Dr. Watson is a member of several national and international nutrition, immunology, cancer, and alcoholism research societies. Among his patents he has one on a dietary supplement; passion fruit peel extract with more pending. He continues to do research in animals and in clinical trials on dietary supplements and health including studies using omega-3 fatty acids in heart disease prevention and therapy. For 30 years he was funded by Wallace Research Foundation to study dietary supplements in health promotion. Dr. Watson has edited more than 110 books on nutrition, dietary supplements and over-the-counter agents, and drugs of abuse as scientific reference books. He has published more than 500 research and review articles.