Performance Functional Foods - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781855736719, 9781855736900

Performance Functional Foods

1st Edition

Editors: David Watson
eBook ISBN: 9781855736900
Hardcover ISBN: 9781855736719
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 3rd February 2003
Page Count: 216
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Table of Contents

Interactions between stress, food and mood; Mood, cognitive function and nutritional and other supplements; The range of medicinal plants influencing mental and physical performance; Phyto-oestrogens and cognitive function; Ginseng; Ginkgo biloba and Alzheimer's disease; Functional ingredients in sports drinks; Pharmacological functions of green tea polyphenols; Caffeine, mental performance and mood.


One of the most innovative sectors in the rapidly growing functional foods market is that comprising so-called 'performance' functional foods which affect mood, mental and physical performance. An important issue in ensuring long term growth in this sector is to consolidate research on the complex links between nutrition and functional ingredients such as herbs, mood and cognitive performance. With its distinguished international team of contributors, this collection reviews key research in this important new area.

After an introductory review of market trends, chapter two discusses recent research on the interactions between food, stress and mood, looking in particular at the role of carbohydrates. The following chapter reviews current evidence for the impact of a number of nutrients and herbal ingredients on mood and cognitive performance, including herbs such as St John's wort and kava kava. Chapter three then discusses the range of medicinal plants that have been associated with improvements in mental and physical performance. The following chapters then look in more detail at particular topics including phyto-oestrogens and cognitive function, the functional benefits of ginseng, ginkgo biloba and Alzheimer's disease, polyphenols and, finally, the impact of caffeine on mental performance and mood.

Performance functional foods will be widely welcomed as a timely review of an important sector in the functional foods market.

Key Features

  • Reviews the range of ingredients used in 'performance' functional foods
  • Summarises research on the complex links between nutrition, functional ingredients, mood and cognitive performance
  • Edited by a leading authority in the field and with contributions from experts worldwide


Food scientists, technologists, and academics


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This superb book has been compiled by 15 experts. Need I say more?, Food and Beverage Reporter
This volume provides an excellent introduction to functional food for newcomers to this interesting and rapidly expanding area., Book reviews/Carbohydrate polymers 57 (2004)
…warmly recommended to the interested readers working in academia, food industry and authorities as a widely welcomed special review of an important sector., Advances in Food Sciences

About the Editors

David Watson Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

formerly Food Standards Agency, UK