Practical Reference for Vitamins in Nutrition
from C.H.I.P.S.

Their Role in the Human Body
by G.F.M. Ball

The latest up-to-date information on vitamins and their affect on the human body appear together for the first time in Vitamins: Their Role in the Human Body. This book is a must-have for any scientist working in the field of vitamins and nutrition. It works as an invaluable reference and teaching tool.

Vitamins examines the role of vitamins in the human body. Further, the author explains what actually happens to the vitamins once they have been ingested. In this comprehensive professional book, nutritional, biochemical, and physiological processes relevant to the biological action of vitamins are explained.

Individual chapters cover each major vitamin and vitamin group. A glossary of terms and extensive index also are included.


Historical events leading to the establishment of vitamins

  • Early studies of nutritionally related diseases
  • Experiments on formulated diets
  • Naming of the vitamins

Nutritional aspects of vitamins

  • Definition and classificatioin of vitamins
  • Nutritional vitamin deficiency
  • Stability and bioavailability of vitamins
  • Vitamin requirements

Background physiology and functional anatomy

  • Movement of solutes across cell membranes and epithelia
  • The blood-brain, blood-cerebrospinal fluid and placental barriers
  • Functional anatomy of the small and large intestine, liver and kidney
  • Digestion and absorption
  • Glucose transport
  • Digestion, absorption and transport of dietary fat
  • Neural and endocrine communication systems
  • Structure of bone and its growth and development
  • Cell proliferation

Background biochemistry

  • Major degradation pathways in which B-group vitamins are involved as coenzymes
  • Amino acid utilization
  • Defences against free radicals and other reactive species
  • Haemostasis
  • Atherosclerosis

Background immunology

  • General features of the immune system
  • Innate immunity
  • Inflammation
  • Acquired immunity
  • Cytokines
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Immune suppression
  • Neuroendocrine modulation of immune responses

The genetic control of protein synthesis and its regulation by nuclear hormone receptors

  • Functional structure of DNA
  • Role of RNA in protein synthesis
  • Gene expression
  • Mutation and polymorphism
  • Basal transcription
  • Regulated transcription
  • Jun, Fos and the AP-1 complex
  • Nuclear hormone receptors as regulators of protein synthesis

Each of the following chapters on different vitamins contain these subjects:

  • Chemistry
  • Dietary sources and bioavailability
  • Absorption, transport and metabolism
  • Biochemical functions
  • and more...

  • Vitamin A: retinoids and carotenoids
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
  • Flavins: riboflavin, FMN and FAD (vitamin B2)
  • Niacin: nicotinic acid and nicotinamide
  • Vitamin B6
  • Pantothenic acid and coenzyme A
  • Biotin
  • Folate
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C


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