Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer in North America and around the world. The staggering medical costs involved in treating patients suffering from this disease demand an alternative approach to prevent or minimize its development. In Functional Foods and Cardiovascular Disease, international researchers reveal essential up-to-date information on the role that functional foods and nutraceuticals play in preventing the development of heart disease.Highlighting the physiological benefits of a host of functional foods, the book examines:The pathogenesis of coronary artery diseaseGenetic methods for enhancing bioactives in foods and new techniques for extracting bioactive components for developing functional foodsClinical and experimental evidence of the cardiovascular benefits of fish oils and plant oils, particularly flaxseed oilThe importance of folic acid in homocysteine metabolism and its impact on cardiovascular diseaseClinical and experimental evidence for the cardiovascular benefits of plant sterolsThe beneficial effects of wine, garlic products, eggs, fiber, cocoa and chocolate, and coffee and tea on cardiovascular healthWhile there have been great improvements in treating coronary heart disease through surgery and medications, prevention through diet and exercise should remain an essential priority in maintaining the health of the aging population. Nutritionists, food scientists, and those working in the health industry will find that this book enhances their understanding of the potential role of functional foods in combating cardiovascular disease before more aggressive treatment is needed.

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