Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128029725, 9780128029893

Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs

1st Edition

Bioactive Foods in Health Promotion

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Editors: Ronald Watson Victor Preedy
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128029725
eBook ISBN: 9780128029893
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 12th May 2016
Page Count: 618
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Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs: Bioactive Foods in Health Promotion brings together experts from around the world working on the cutting edge of research on fruit, vegetables, and herbs in health promotion. Offering a timely, concise, scientific appraisal of the efficacy of key foods to prevent disease and improve the quality of life, Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs: Bioactive Foods in Health Promotion provides valuable evidence-based conclusions and recommendations. This reference text will encourage further research on the potential benefits of fruits and vegetables in health and disease prevention, providing a basis for possible dietary modifications by the government and the public.

Key Features

  • Provides insight on bioactive constituents found in fruits and vegetables that can be further studied to improve health and disease resistance or incorporated into other food products and used as alternative medicines and dietary supplements
  • Includes valuable information on how fruits are important sources of bioflavonoids and nonnutritive bioactives that modify body functions
  • Offers a conclusion or summary of evidence at the end of each chapter to enhance understanding of new approaches in the field


nutrition researchers and food scientists, technologists, food processors and product developers, public health researchers

Table of Contents

Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs: Bioactive Foods in Health Promotion

1. Socioeconomic inequalities in fruit and vegetable intakes
2. Industrial freezing, cooking and storage differently affect antioxidant nutrients in vegetables
3. Pharmacological properties of some medicinal plants, their components and using fields
4. Nutritional indicators and health aspects of fruit and vegetable consumption in aged adults
5. Diabetes, diabetic complications and flavonoids
6. Curcumin: The epigenetic therapy
7. Nutraceuticalsas therapeutic agents for inflammation
8. Vegetarian diets and disease outcomes
9. Diet and nutrition role in prostate health

10. Advances in the study of the health benefits and mechanism of actions of the pulp and seed of the Amazonian palm fruit, Euterpe oleracea Mart., known as "Açai"
11. Grape bioactives for human health
12. Kiwifruit and health
13. Cocoa--Past medicinal uses, current scientific evidence, and advertised health benefits
14. Pomegranate juice and extract
15. Berries and blood pressure

16. Poi history, uses and role in health
17. Bioactive potential of two wild edible mushrooms of the Western Ghats of India

18. Nutrient profile, bioactive components and functional properties of okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench)
19. Fruits and vegetable consumption patterns, barriers, and federal nutrition assistance programs in the U.S.
20. Dietary fiber and health: Cardiovascular disease and beyond
21. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs: Bioactive foods promoting wound healing
22. Curcumin in Hepatic Stellate Cell Activation in health
23. Curcumin against amyloid pathology in mental health and brain composition
24. Recent developments in using plant derived natural products as tubulin inhibitors for the management of cancer
25. Medicinal and nutritional qualities of Zingiber officinale'
26. Antimicrobials from herbs, spices and plants


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About the Editor

Ronald Watson

Ronald Watson

Ronald Ross Watson, PhD, is Professor of Health Promotion Sciences at the University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Dr. Watson began his research in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health as a Fellow in 1971 doing field work on vaccines in Saudi Arabia. He has done clinical studies in Colombia, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United States which provides a broad international view of public health. He has served in the military reserve hospital for 17 years with extensive training in medical responses to disasters as the chief biochemistry officer of a general hospital, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He is a distinguished member of several national and international nutrition, immunology, and cancer societies. Dr. Watson’s career has involved studying many lifestyle aspects for their uses in health promotion. He has edited over 100 biomedical reference books and 450 papers and chapters. His teaching and research focuses on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs of abuse in heart function and disease in mouse models.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and School of Medicine, Arizona Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

Victor Preedy

Victor R. Preedy BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSB, FRSPH, FRCPath, FRSC is a staff member of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine within King's College London. He is also a member of the Division of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences (research) and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics (teaching). Professor Preedy is also Director of the Genomics Centre of King's College London. Professor Preedy graduated in 1974 with an Honours Degree in Biology and Physiology with Pharmacology. He gained his University of London PhD in 1981. In 1992, he received his Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists and in 1993 he gained his second doctorate (DSc), for his outstanding contribution to protein metabolism in health and disease. Professor Preedy was elected as a Fellow to the Institute of Biology in 1995 and to the Royal College of Pathologists in 2000. Since then he has been elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (2004) and The Royal Institute of Public Health (2004). In 2009, Professor Preedy became a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and in 2012 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Professor Preedy has carried out research when attached to Imperial College London, The School of Pharmacy (now part of University College London) and the MRC Centre at Northwick Park Hospital. He has collaborated with research groups in Finland, Japan, Australia, USA and Germany. Prof Preedy is a leading expert on the science of health and has a long standing interest in neurological disease and tissue pathology. He has lectured nationally and internationally. To his credit, Professor Preedy has published over 600 articles, which includes peer-reviewed manuscripts based on original research, abstracts and symposium presentations, reviews and numerous books and volumes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry, Department of Clinical Biochemistry; Director of the Genomics Centre, King’s College, London, UK

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