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Research Newsletter-Spring/Summer 2007


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An Evidence-Based Approach to Dietary Phytochemicals

Thieme Medical Publishers published the first of Dr. Jane Higdon's two books, An Evidence-Based Approach to Vitamins and Minerals, in 2003, that collects the information on 13 vitamins and 14 nutritionally relevant minerals posted online on the LPI Micronutrient Information Center.


In November 2006, Thieme published the companion volume, An Evidence-Based Approach to Dietary Phytochemicals, featuring 20 chapters on fruits and vegetables, legumes, cruciferous vegetables, garlic, whole grains, nuts, coffee, tea, essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6), and phytochemicals like carotenoids, chlorophyll, flavonoids, indole-3-carbinol, and resveratrol. Human studies are emphasized, and chapters provide information on metabolism, biological activity, sources, safety, disease prevention, and, when applicable, disease treatment. Each chapter concludes with a summary and extensive references.

As in the previous book, the sections were peer-reviewed by experts, who comprised the Editorial Advisory Board. The 238-page book also contains several appendices, including glycemic index and glycemic load, drug interactions, nutrient interactions, disease reference, and glossary, as well as a comprehensive index. An Evidence-Based Approach to Dietary Phytochemicals is dedicated to the memory of its author, Jane Higdon, who died in an accident in May 2006. The book is available from LPI, the publisher, and booksellers for $59.95.

Linus Pauling Day

Ted Kulongoski, Governor of Oregon, proclaimed February 28th, Linus Pauling's birthday, "Linus Carl Pauling Day." Dr. Pauling was recognized in the Proclamation for his "efforts to bring about world peace and the banning of nuclear weapons testing" and for his "genius in chemistry [that] provided the basis for modern chemistry and set the stage for major discoveries that benefited humankind." Governor Kulongoski also noted that, "Dr. Pauling was unafraid of controversy in his pursuit of the truth and devoted his entire life to the good of humanity."