The Vitamins

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Elsevier, Oct 30, 2007 - Medical - 608 pages
The third edition of this bestselling text will again provide the latest coverage of the biochemistry and physiology of vitamins and vitamin-like substances. Extensively revised and expanded on the basis of recent research findings with enlarged coverage of health effects of vitamin-like factors, it is ideally suited for students and an important reference for anyone interested in nutrition, food science, animal science or endocrinology. It contains a cohesive and well-organized presentation of each of the vitamins, as well as the history of their discoveries and current information about their roles in nutrition and health.

*Includes approximately 30% new material
*Substantial updates have been made to chapters on vitamins A, C, E, K, folate, and the quasi-vitamins
*Provides checklists of systems affected by vitamin deficiencies and food sources of vitamins
*Key concepts, learning objectives, vocabulary,case studies, study questions and additional reading lists are included making this ideally suited for students
* Thoroughly updated with important recent research results, including citations to key reports, many added tables and several new figures.
*Addition of Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (HANES III) data
*Updated Dietary Reference Values

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The vitamins: fundamental aspects in nutrition and health

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Page 16 - But, further, no animal can live upon a mixture of pure protein, fat, and carbohydrate, and even when the necessary inorganic material is carefully supplied the animal still cannot flourish.
Page 16 - In diseases such as rickets, and particularly in scurvy, we have had for long years knowledge of a dietetic factor; but though we know how to benefit these conditions empirically, the real errors in the diet are to this day quite obscure.
Page 15 - If this substance is absent, the organism loses the power properly to assimilate the well-known principal parts of food, the appetite is lost and with apparent abundance the animals, die of want. Undoubtedly this substance occurs not only in milk but in all sorts of foodstuffs both of vegetable and animal origin.
Page 15 - a natural food such as milk must therefore contain besides these known principal ingredients small quantities of other and unknown substances essential to life'.

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Gerald F. Combs, Jr. is internationally recognized as a leader in Nutrition, having published widely and conducted research ranging from fundamental studies with cultured cells and animal models to human metabolic and clinical investigations. His specialties include the metabolism and health roles of minerals and vitamins, and the linkages of agriculture and human health in national development. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and reviews and 14 books, and is an Emeritus Professor of Nutrition at Cornell University.

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