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Vitamins and Mineralsby Zina Kroner
Synopses & Reviews
An endless array of vitamin and mineral supplements are available to health-conscious consumers today, and an increasing number of individuals have incorporated these supplements into their daily routines. Unfortunately, their use is often inspired by rumor rather than sound medical advice. The results of clinical research on these supplements' effectiveness are often inconclusive while some studies have even shown negative health effects from overuse. Instead of relying on media hype and often-conflicting "word-of-mouth" information, people who take nutritional supplements need an authoritative, evidence-based reference text about self-medication with vitamins and minerals. Dr. Zina Kroner has provided exactly that.
Vitamins and MineralS≪/i> is an eye-opening guide that separates truth from myth about dozens of today's common and popular supplements. It covers the effects of the deficiency of each nutrient, its primary uses, dosages, food sources, potential side effects, and mechanism of action, helping readers make informed decisions about use of these under-regulated, over-the-counter "nutraceuticals."
Book News Annotation:
Kroner is a New York-based internal medicine physician specializing in integrative medicine. She believes the general public should have an accessible, authoritative, evidence-based reference text about self-medication with vitamins and minerals, so they can make educated choices about using supplements as part of their health regimens. In this text, Kroner presents 39 chapters covering 39 of the common supplements. Each chapter provides an overview of the supplement, the media/word-of-mouth hype regarding its beneficial properties, effects of the deficiency of the nutrient, food sources, how the supplement works, its primary uses, common doses, potential side effects, and summary of the "fact versus fiction" about the supplement. The text is not intended as an endorsement of supplements, but rather as a tool to help health-conscious consumers make sound decisions when considering whether or not to use these under-regulated, over-the-counter "nutraceuticals." Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Insightful, objective, and evidence-based, this overview of the most commonly used supplements dispels misinformation and provides facts from a qualified physician's point of view.
When it comes to vitamins and health supplements, some blithely assume that "more is better" or "if it is over the counter, it must be safe." But making these assumptions can be a serious mistake. For example, an excess of iron can contribute to coronary artery disease; melatonin may increase the risk of seizures in patients with epilepsy.
• Written by an experienced, board-certified physician who utilizes supplements on an everyday basis with patients
• Provides unbiased views by a doctor who has no motivation to sell products
• Appropriate as a handy reference book for both physicians as well as laypersons
• Reveals little-known facts about common supplements that can potentially be life-changing for many individuals
• Provides coverage of 39 different supplements, including vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, and coenzyme Q 10
• Supplies a thorough and evidence-based examination of the facts and fiction behind supplements
• Includes a bibliography containing over 1,000 medical references
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