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The vitamins : fundamental aspects in nutrition and health
Combs, Gerald F.
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Second edition.
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San Diego, Calif. : Academic Press, [1998]

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xxii, 618 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Perspectives on the vitamins in nutrition -- What is a vitamin? -- Discovery of the vitamins -- Chemical and physiological properties of vitamins -- Vitamin deficiency -- Considering the individual vitamins -- Vitamin A -- Vitamin D -- Vitamin E -- Vitamin K -- Vitamin C -- Thiamin -- Riboflavin -- Niacin -- Vitamin B₆ -- Biotin -- Pantothenic acid -- Folate -- Vitamin B₁₂ -- Quasivitamins -- Using current knowledge of the vitamins -- Sources of vitamins -- Assessing vitamin status -- Quantifying vitamin needs - Vitamin safety -- Vitamin terminology: past and present --Original reports for case studies -- Core of current vitamin research literature -- Vitamin contents of foods -- Vitamin contents of feedstuffs.
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This updated text, taking a concept-centred approach, is a presentation of individual vitamins as well as the history and state of current knowledge about vitamins. It examines the biological, chemical and physiological aspects of vitamins and vitamin-like subjects. The book also aims to promote effective teaching by including case studies, questions and exercises, and is intended for use by students and professionals as a textbook and reference in both human and animal nutrition and medicine.

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Library Journal Review

Organized as a college-level text and including study questions, exercises, and case studies, this impressive update to the 1998 second edition incorporates the most recent advances in biochemical and physiological research and revises the chapters on vitamins A, C, E, and K; folate; and quasivitamins. To reinforce comprehension, Combs (The Role of Selenium in Nutrition) wisely begins each chapter with an overview, a set of objectives, and a term list. An extensive source list closes each segment. Recommended for all medical and nutrition science collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

An excellent reference to and overview of the vitamins, giving chemistry, physiology, and metabolism of each vitamin. An initial chapter relates the history of the discovery of vitamins, really a great account of the history of the field of nutrition. Included is a chapter dealing with the quasi-vitamins that carefully delineates why these compounds do not fully meet status as vitamins. The final section of the book deals with vitamin sources, assessing vitamin status and determining requirements, and issues of vitamin safety. Each chapter is filled with anchoring concepts, learning objectives, important vocabulary, and chemical structures and important reactions, all set aside in boxes. There are chapter study questions and exercises as well as carefully chosen lists of readings. Recommended highly, both as a ready reference and as a user-friendly text, for advanced undergraduates and up. J. M. Jones; College of St. Catherine

Table of Contents

Perspectives on the Vitamins in Nutrition
What is a Vitamin? Discovery of the Vitamins
Chemical and Physiological Properties of the Vitamins
Vitamin Deficiency
The Individual Vitamins
Vitamin A. Vitamin D. Vitamin E. Vitamin K. Vitamin C. Thiamin. Riboflavin. Niacin. Vitamin B6. Biotin. Pantothenic Acid. Folate. Vitamin B12. Quasi-Vitamins
Using Current Knowledge of the Vitamins
Sources of the Vitamins
Assessing Vitamin Status
Quantifying Vitamin Requirements
Vitamin Safety
Appendices: Current and Obsolete Designations of "Vitamins" and Other Vitamin-Like "Factors" Studies
Original Reports for Case Studies
Some Additional Case Studies
A Core of Vitamin Research Literature
Tables of Vitamin Contents of Foods