Therapeutic, Probiotic, and Unconventional Foods

Therapeutic, Probiotic, and Unconventional Foods

1st Edition - April 18, 2018

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  • Editors: Alexandru Grumezescu, Alina Maria Holban
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128146262
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128146255

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Therapeutic, Probiotic and Unconventional Foods compiles the most recent, interesting and innovative research on unconventional and therapeutic foods, highlighting their role in improving health and life quality, their implications on safety, and their industrial and economic impact. The book focuses on probiotic foods, addressing the benefits and challenges associated with probiotic and prebiotic use. It then explores the most recently investigated and well-recognized nutraceutical and medicinal foods and the food products and ingredients that have both an impact on human health and a potential therapeutic effect. The third and final section explores unconventional foods and discusses intriguing and debated foods and food sources. While research has been conducted on the beneficial biological effects of probiotics and therapeutic food, the use of these foods remains controversial. To overcome the suspicion of the use of alternative, homeopathic and traditional products as therapy, this book reveals and discusses the most recent and scientifically sound and confirmed aspects of the research.

Key Features

  • Compiles the most recent, interesting and innovative research on unconventional and therapeutic foods
  • Highlights the role of unconventional and therapeutic foods in improving health and life quality
  • Discusses the implications of unconventional and therapeutic foods on safety
  • Presents the industrial and economic impact of unconventional and therapeutic foods


Food scientists, nutrition researchers, and students in related courses

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction in Nutraceutical and Medicinal Foods
    Lia-Mara Ditu, Madalina Elena Grigore, Petronela Viforeanu, Alina Maria Holban

    Section 1: Probiotics and Prebiotics
    2. Probiotics: Supplements, Food, Pharmaceutical industry
    Swathi Putta, Nagendra Sastry Yarla, Dhananjaya Bhadrapura Lakkappa, Sarat Babu Imandi, Rama Rao Malla, Amajala Krishna Chaitanya, Veera Brahma Chari P., Silas Saka, Rama Rao Vechalapu, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Vadim V. Tarasov, Vladimir N. Chubarev ,Korada Siva Kumar, Gjumrakch Aliev
    3. Selection of New Probiotics: The Case of Streptomyces
    Sneha Hariharan, Selvakumar Dharmaraj
    4. Development of New Probiotic Foods – A Case Study on Probiotic Juices
    Lebaka Veeranjaneya Reddy, Young Jung Wee, Narala Venkata Rami Reddy, and Vinod Kumar Joshi
    5. Prebiotics and Production of New Prebiotics from Unconventional Raw Materials (Mushrooms)
    Hrudaynath Thatoi, Sameer Kumar Singdevsachan, and Jayanta Kumar Patra
    6. Probiotics in the Rescue of Gut Inflammation
    Asit Ranjan Ghosh
    7. Probiotics as an Adjunct to Conventional Treatment in Vulvovaginitis: Past, Present and Future
    Princy Louis Palatty, Poornima Ramachandra Bhat, Ramakrishna Pai Jekrabettu, Thomas George, Sueallen D’souza, Soniya Abraham, Mohammed Adnan, Michael Pais, Taresh Naik, Devika Gunasheela, Manjeshwar Shrinath Baliga

    Section 2: Therapeutic Foods and Ingredients
    8. Flavonoids as Nutraceuticals
    Muhammad Kaleem, Asif Ahmad
    9. Bioactive Peptides – Impact in Cancer Therapy
    Edwin E. Martínez Leo, Armando M. Martín Ortega, Maira R. Segura Campos
    10. Essential Oils - Biological Activity and Therapeutic Potential
    Leila Mehdizadeh and Mohammad Moghaddam
    11. Nutritional and Therapeutic Potential of Spices
    Mian Kamran Sharif, Rebia Ejaz and Imran Pasha
    12. Novel Nutraceutical Compounds
    Asma Afreen, Dr. Zaheer Ahmed, and Dr. Nomana Anjum
    13. Nutraceutical and medicinal importance of seabuckthorn (Hippophae sp.)
    Prakash C. Sharma and Meenu
    14. Therapeutic Potential of Flaxseed 
    Ankit Goyal, Ami Patel, Manvesh Sihag, Nihir Shah, Beenu Tanwar
    15. Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical and Therapeutic Properties of Selected Wild Medicinal Plants: Thyme, Spearmint and Rosemary
    Muhammad H. Alu’datt, Taha Rababah, Mohammad N. Alhamad, Sana Gammoh, Majdi A. Al-Mahasneh, Carole C. Tranchant, Mervat Rawshdeh
    16. Virgin Coconut Oil as Functional Oil 
    Srivastava Yashi, Semwal Anil Dutt, Sharma Gopal Kumar
    17. Health Effects of Various Dietary Agents and Phytochemicals (Therapy of Acute Pancreatitis) 
    Elroy Saldanha, Ramakrishna J Pai, Thomas George, Sueallen D’Souza, Mohammed Adnan, Michael Pais,   Taresh Naik, Reshmina Chandini Clara D’Souza, Rithesh D’Cunha and Manjeshwar Shrinath Baliga

    Section 3: Unconventional Foods and Food Ingredients
    18. Production of Bioactive Compounds from Waste
    C.O. Jayeola, B.A. Adebowale, L.E. Yahaya, S.O. Ogunwolu, and O. Olubamiwa
    19. Unripe plantain flours
    I. Olawuni, F.O. Uruakpa, A. Uzoma
    20. Dry Beans: Processing and Nutritional Effect
    Rocio Campos-Vega, Priscila Zaczuk Bassinello, Raquel de Andrade Cardoso Santiago, B. Dave Oomah
    21. Vegan Nutrition: Latest Boom in Health and Exercise 
    Katharina Christina Wirnitzer

Product details

  • No. of pages: 484
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: April 18, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128146262
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128146255

About the Editors

Alexandru Grumezescu

Dr. Grumezescu is Assistant Professor at the Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, in the Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, with a second affiliation to the Faculty of Medical Engineering, at the Politehnica University of Bucharest in Romania. He is an experienced and oft-published researcher and editor in the field of nano and biomaterials, and he is the Editor-in-Chief of three journals: Biointerface Research in Applied Chemistry, Letters and Applied NanoBioScience, and Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Bulletin. He also serves as editor or guest editor for several notable journals. Dr. Grumezescu has published 150 peer-reviewed papers, 20 book chapters, 6 co-authored books and 11 edited books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science and Faculty of Medical Engineering, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania

Alina Maria Holban

Alina-Maria Holban is a lecturer in Microbiology and Immunology, at the Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest; and associate researcher at the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania. Her primary area of research is the development of bionanomaterials with antimicrobial applications. Dr. Holban has published 75 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 42 conference/symposia proceedings, and has edited more than 21 edited books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Botany and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, Romania

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