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Phytochemicals in Nutrition and Health
edited by Mark Meskin

  • Are soy isoflavones neuroprotective?

  • Just how different is one species of echinacea from another?

  • Which phytochemicals will be effective as therapeutic agents in vivo?
Supported by solid scientific research, Phytochemicals in Nutrition and Health helps provide answers to these and other probing questions concerning the mechanisms of action associated with beneficial phytochemical groups. It examines new areas such as the efficacy and safety of medicinal herbs, the use of biotechnology to manipulate and enhance the phytochemical profiles of various plants, and the pharmacokinetics of phytochemicals in humans.


  • Presents new directions in research, including the role of isothiocyanates in cancer prevention
  • Provides an in-depth overview of the pharmacokinetics of phytochemicals in humans, including digestion, absorption, metabolism and excretion of phytochemicals
  • Offers rigorous scientific coverage of the efficacy and safety of a wide array of medicinal herbs, including echinacea-based phytomedicines
  • Examines the impact of glucosinolates and isothiocyanates on human health
  • Explores the latest research on lycopene and lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeazanthin
  • Focuses on the potential role of the entire tocopherol family in human health
  • Discusses the entire class of phytoestrogens and looks at their impact on neuroprotection

The editors also expand discussion presented in their previous books on phytochemicals. They explore new research on phytochemicals in the Vaccinium family (cranberries, blueberries and bilberries), wine, and oilseeds, and the biological activity of Echinacea in humans. Additional chapters present new information about isothiocyanates, lycopene, carotenoids other than beta-carotene, tocotrienols, and phytoestrogens. Highlighting phytochemicals that have significant potential for promoting health or preventing disease, Phytochemicals in Nutrition and Health expands discussions of appropriate research methodologies and new technologies in this exciting field.


  1. Evidence-Based Herbalism
  2. Phytochemical Diversity and Biological Activity in Echinacea Phytomedicines: Challenges to Quality Control and Germplasm Improvement
  3. Phytochemicals in the Vaccinium Family: Bilberries, Blueberries, and Cranberries
  4. Wine Polyphenols and Protection from Atherosclerosis and Ischemic Heart Disease: Drink to your Health
  5. Beyond a-tocopherol: The Role of the Other Tocopherols and Tocotrienols
  6. Phytochemical Pharmacokinetics
  7. Dietary Isothiocyanates: Roles in Cancer Prevention and Metabolism in Rodents and Humans
  8. Rationale for the use of Soy Phytoestrogens for Neuroprotection
  9. Bioengineering and Breeding Approaches for Improving Nutrient and Phytochemical Content of Plants
  10. Phytochemicals in Oilseeds
  11. Lycopene and Human Health
  12. Astaxanthin, b-Cryptoxanthin, Lutein and Zeaxanthin


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Phytochemicals in Nutrition and Health
edited by Mark Meskin, Wayne Bidlack, Audra Davies, and Stanley T. Omaye
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