More on Mediterranean Diets, Volume 97

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Artemis P. Simopoulos, Francesco Visioli
Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers, 2007 - Medical - 236 pages
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"This book is an update of the previous volume on Mediterranean diets published in 2000, which provided extensive reviews of the various diets existing in the Mediterranean region. Since then, a number of studies have been published on the relationship between a 'Mediterranean-type' diet and chronic diseases. However, because the 'diet score' used in those studies does not provide any information on the nutritional composition or quality of the diet, this publication takes an entirely different approach: Particular attention is given to the nutritional factors and their mechanisms in cardiovascular disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome and obesity, and the results of decreasing the [omega]-6:[omega]-3 ratio and its anti-inflammatory effects on several biomarkers are evaluated. Moreover, the effects of olive oil, relative to its antioxidant properties, and the anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic aspects of melatonin from plants and fruits common in the Mediterranean region are discussed."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Contents

An Update
1
Recent Epidemiological Studies about Mediterranean Diets and Coronary Heart Disease
2
Summary of the Lyon Diet Heart Study Results
3
The Experimental Diet Tested in the Lyon Trial
4
Coronary Heart Disease Is an Inflammatory Disease
8
Role of Inflammation and Oxidation in Plaque Rupture and Progression of Coronary Heart Disease
9
Lipids and Inflammation in Coronary Heart Disease
10
Fatty Acids and the Experimental Modified Cretan Diet
11
Consumption of Animal Foods
73
An Update
85
Nutrition Hypertension and Stroke in Italy
94
Mediterranean Diet in the Elderly
104
Physical Fitness and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Mediterranean Adolescents
120
Muscle Strength and Cardiovascular Risk Factors
127
Conclusion
134
An Update
139

Omega3 Fatty Acids in the Med Diets and in Coronary Heart Disease
12
Folate Homocysteine Nitric Oxide Pathway Coronary Heart Disease and the Med Diets
15
Selenium and the Protective Effect of the Med Diets against Cancers
16
Metabolic Syndromes and Mediterranean Diets
18
Polyphenols in Med Diets
19
Conclusions
23
References
24
Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase as a Mediator of the Positive Health
33
Metabolic Syndrome and Its Relationship with Mediterranean Diets
39
Effects of an Omega3Enriched Mediterranean Diet
52
Mediterranean Diet and Blood Vessels
58
Dietary Fat Intake of European Countries in
67
Fruits and Vegetables
146
Nutritional Aspects
153
An Update
162
Wine
169
Olive
180
Diterpene Alcohols
186
Polar Phenolic Compounds
189
New Applications
202
Melatonin Levels and Proposed Functions in Plant Tissues
215
Author Index
231
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