The use of nuts and seeds to improve Human nutritional status has proven successful for a variety of conditions including in the treatment of high cholesterol, reduced risk of Type-2 Diabetes, and weight control. This complete guide to the health benefits of nuts and seeds is the only single-source scientific reference to explore the specific factors that contribute to these potential health benefits, as well as discussing how to maximize those potential benefits.

Key Features

* Organized by seed-type with detailed information on the specific health benefits of each to provide an easy-access reference for identifying treatment options * Insights into health benefits will assist in development of symptom-specific functional foods * Includes photographs for visual identification and confirmation * Indexed alphabetically by nut/seed with a second index by condition or disease


Nutritionists and Food Scientists interested in the specific health benefits of nuts and seeds.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Part 1: General Aspects and Overviews
    • Section A: Overviews
      • Chapter 1. A Primer on Seed and Nut Biology, Improvement, and Use
        • Publisher Summary
        • Introduction
        • Seeds, Fruits, and Nuts
        • A Complex Relationship
        • References
      • Chapter 2. Seeds as Herbal Drugs
        • Publisher Summary
        • Introduction
        • Medicinal Constituents of Seeds
        • Factors Influencing Medicinal Properties of Seeds
        • Seeds as a Source of Medicinally Important Fixed Oils
        • Seeds as Herbal Drugs and a Source of Medicinally Active Compounds
        • Summary Points
        • References
      • Chapter 3. Seeds, Nuts, and Vector-Borne Diseases
        • Publisher Summary
        • Introduction
        • Mosquitocidal Activity of Seeds
        • Mosquitocidal Activity of Nuts
        • Safety
        • Conclusions
        • Summary Points
        • References
    • Section B: Composition
      • Chapter 4. Fatty Acid Content of Commonly Available Nuts and Seeds
        • Publisher Summary
        • Introduction
        • Fatty Acids in Various Nuts and Seeds
        • Conclusions
        • Summary Points
        • References
      • Chapter 5. Triacylglycerols in Nut and Seed Oils: Detailed Characterization Using High-performance Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry
        • Publisher Summary
        • Introduction
        • Method of Triacylglycerol Analysis in Nuts and Seeds
        • Apci-ms Profiling of Triacylglycerol Composition in Nuts and Seeds
        • APCI-MS Quantitation of Triacylglycerols
        • Triacylglycerol and Fatty Acid Composition in Nuts and Seeds
        • Nutritional Parameters of Plant Oils from Nuts and Seeds
        • Summary Points
        • Acknowledgements
        • References
      • Chapter 6. Antioxidants in Nuts and Seeds
        • Publisher Summary
        • Introduction
        • Oxidative Stress<


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About the editors

Victor Preedy

Victor R. Preedy BSc, PhD, DSc, FSB, FRSH, FRIPH, FRSPH, FRCPath, FRSC is a senior member of King's College London. He is also Director of the Genomics Centre and a member of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine. Professor Preedy has longstanding academic interests in substance misuse especially in relation to health and well being. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Drug and Alcohol Dependence and a founding member of the Editorial Board of Addiction Biology. In his career Professor Preedy was Reader at the Addictive Behaviour Centre at The University of Roehampton, and also Reader at the School of Pharmacy (now part of University College London; UCL). Professor Preedy is Editor of the multi-volume seminal work The Handbook Of Alcohol Related Pathology (published by Academic Press-Elsevier). 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 doctoral degree (DSc). Professor Preedy was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Biology in 1995 and also as a Fellow to the Royal College of Pathologists in 2000. He was then elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (2004) and The Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene (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. 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.

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.

Vinood Patel

Dr Vinood B. Patel BSc PhD FRSC is currently a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Westminster and honorary fellow at King’s College London. He presently directs studies on metabolic pathways involved in liver disease, particularly related to mitochondrial energy regulation and cell death. Research is being undertaken to study the role of nutrients, antioxidants, phytochemicals, iron, alcohol and fatty acids in the patho-physiology of liver disease. Other areas of interest include identifying new biomarkers that can be used for diagnosis and prognosis of liver disease, understanding mitochondrial oxidative stress in Alzheimers disease and gastrointestinal dysfunction in autism. Dr. Patel graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Pharmacology and completed his PhD in protein metabolism from King’s College London in 1997. His post-doctoral work was carried out at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical School studying structural-functional alterations to mitochondrial ribosomes, where he developed novel techniques to characterize their biophysical properties. Dr. Patel is a nationally and internationally recognized liver researcher and was involved in several NIH funded biomedical grants related to alcoholic liver disease. Dr. Patel has edited biomedical books in the area of nutrition and health prevention, autism, biomarkers, and has published over 150 articles and in 2014 he was elected as a Fellow to The Royal Society of Chemistry.