Therapeutic, Probiotic and Unconventional Foods compiles the most recent, interesting and innovative research on unconventional and therapeutic foods, highlighting their role in improving health and life quality, their implications on safety, and their industrial and economic impact. The book focuses on probiotic foods, addressing the benefits and challenges associated with probiotic and prebiotic use. It then explores the most recently investigated and well-recognized nutraceutical and medicinal foods and the food products and ingredients that have both an impact on human health and a potential therapeutic effect. The third and final section explores unconventional foods and discusses intriguing and debated foods and food sources.
While research has been conducted on the beneficial biological effects of probiotics and therapeutic food, the use of these foods remains controversial. To overcome the suspicion of the use of alternative, homeopathic and traditional products as therapy, this book reveals and discusses the most recent and scientifically sound and confirmed aspects of the research.
- Compiles the most recent, interesting and innovative research on unconventional and therapeutic foods
- Highlights the role of unconventional and therapeutic foods in improving health and life quality
- Discusses the implications of unconventional and therapeutic foods on safety
- Presents the industrial and economic impact of unconventional and therapeutic foods
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1. Introduction in Nutraceutical and Medicinal Foods
Section 1: Probiotics and Prebiotics 2. Probiotics: Supplements, Food, Pharmaceutical industry 3. Selection of New Probiotics: The Case of Streptomyces 4. Development of New Probiotic Foods
A Case Study on Probiotic Juices 5. Prebiotics and Production of New Prebiotics from Unconventional Raw Materials (Mushrooms) 6. Probiotics in the Rescue of Gut Inflammation 7. Probiotics as an Adjunct to Conventional Treatment in Vulvovaginitis: Past, Present and Future
Section 2: Therapeutic Foods and Ingredients 8. Flavonoids as Nutraceuticals 9. Bioactive Peptides
Impact in Cancer Therapy 10. Essential Oils
Biological Activity and Therapeutic Potential 11. Nutritional and Therapeutic Potential of Spices 12. Novel Nutraceutical Compounds 13. Nutraceutical and medicinal importance of seabuckthorn (Hippophae sp.) 14. Therapeutic Potential of Flaxseed 15. Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical and Therapeutic Properties of Selected Wild Medicinal Plants: Thyme, Spearmint and Rosemary 16. Virgin Coconut Oil as Functional Oil 17. Health Effects of Various Dietary Agents and Phytochemicals (Therapy of Acute Pancreatitis)
Section 3: Unconventional Foods and Food Ingredients 18. Production of Bioactive Compounds from Waste 19. Unripe plantain flours 20. Dry Beans: Processing and Nutritional Effect 21. Vegan Nutrition: Latest Boom in Health and Exercise
Dr. Grumezescu is Assistant Professor at the Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, in the Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, with a second affiliation to the Faculty of Medical Engineering, at the Politehnica University of Bucharest in Romania. He is an experienced and oft-published researcher and editor in the field of nano and biomaterials, and he is the Editor-in-Chief of three journals: Biointerface Research in Applied Chemistry, Letters and Applied NanoBioScience, and Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Bulletin. He also serves as editor or guest editor for several notable journals. Dr. Grumezescu has published 150 peer-reviewed papers, 20 book chapters, 6 co-authored books and 11 edited books.
Holban, Alina Maria
Alina-Maria Holban is a lecturer in Microbiology and Immunology, at the Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest; and associate researcher at the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania. Her primary area of research is the development of bionanomaterials with antimicrobial applications. Dr. Holban has published 75 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 42 conference/symposia proceedings, and has edited more than 21 edited books.