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Functional Food Textbook Volume 4. Bioactive Compounds and Cancer

Scientists, public health experts, food producers, and food consumers from around the world have united to conduct functional foods research and respond to their outcomes. This research has benefitted the public with findings that can potentially aid in the treatment of serious illnesses, lessen pharmaceutical side effects, and decrease surgical costs.

This book presents innovative ideas for managing chronic illnesses as well as their supporting research methods. The knowledge in this book can educate and influence the practice of health care professionals, informing them of how certain foods may benefit their patients’ health. This issue showcases a portion of the wealth of contributions made in the field, and lays the foundation for a field of science that is continuing to expand, changing modern society’s relationship with medicine.

This cornerstone guide is written by intentionally recognized experts in the field of functional, medical, and bioactive foods. With more than 500 scientific references, this book provides scientists, medical doctors, nurses, professors, instructors teaching functional food courses, nutritionists, dietitians, food technologists, students majoring in food science related fields, and public health professionals with a comprehensive and modern examination of functional foods.

            In this textbook, Bioactive Compounds and Cancer, we have compiled review articles that discuss functional food components specifically for treating cancer, including isoflavones, bioactive functional foods, bioactive compounds, biomarkers, phyto-chemotherapeutic agents, nanoparticles, and flavonolignans.

Our editorial committee has included edited articles, figures, pictures, end-of-chapter summaries, test questions for each chapter, and a glossary of key words to enhance the learning experience for our readers. A PowerPoint series will be made available for readers who wish to follow an organized course based on this textbook.

This textbook will provide our readers with insights on cancer, science, and nutrition. It begins with a discussion on isoflavones and how they may have preventive roles on cancers such as prostate and breast cancer, and then moves on to discuss the effects of bioactive components of functional foods on cancer. Additional discussions delve into how different cancers are diagnosed with biomarkers, the potential impacts of nanoparticles in regards to phyto-chemotherapy, and how flavonolignans can be used to prevent cancer.

In order to get the most out of this textbook, it is recommended to read each chapter thoroughly and review the summaries that are included after each chapter. These summaries have condensed the chapters into several main points and help the reader put the concepts into perspective. In addition, the reader should complete the end of chapter questions to maximize information retention. Both supplements will aid readers in studying and comprehending the material.

The alphabetized glossary at the end of the textbook provides definitions for terms that have been conveniently highlighted in the chapters.

This book is a collective work of 24 scientists, and 18 universities, medical organizations, and food organizations across the globe.