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The Fats of Life delineates the importance of essential fatty acids, with a focus on distinctions between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid variants. The chemical and biochemical characteristics of these fatty acids and their metabolism to a vast array of potent bioactive messengers are described in the context of their potential effects on general health and impact on various diseases and neurological disorders. Glen D. Lawrence addresses in detail the capacity for polyunsaturated fatty acids to influence asthma, atherosclerosis, heart disease, inflammation, cancer, and immunity.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Part One: Nutritional, Chemical, and Physiological Properties of Dietary Fats
  2. pp. 1-69
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  1. 1. The Dietary Fat Doctrine
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 2. Lipid Terminology, Structure, and Function
  2. pp. 15-32
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  1. 3. Some Dietary Fats are Essential
  2. pp. 33-43
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  1. 4. Signals, Messengers, and Reponses
  2. pp. 44-59
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  1. 5. Oxidation and Lipid Peroxidation
  2. pp. 60-69
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  1. Part Two: Dietary Fats in Health and Disease
  2. pp. 71-180
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  1. 6. Atherosclerosis
  2. pp. 73-87
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  1. 7. Risk Factors in Cardiovascular Disease
  2. pp. 88-95
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  1. 8. Lipid-Lowering Drugs
  2. pp. 96-106
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  1. 9. Inflammation, Anti-inflammatory Drugs, and Lipid Mediators
  2. pp. 107-121
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  1. 10. Cancer and Immunity
  2. pp. 122-137
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  1. 11. Neurological Development, Memory, and Learning
  2. pp. 138-151
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  1. 12. Functional Disorders of the Nervous System
  2. pp. 152-165
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  1. 13. Neurodegenerative Diseases
  2. pp. 166-180
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  1. Part Three: Influence of Diet on Overall Health
  2. pp. 181-213
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  1. 14. Obesity
  2. pp. 183-200
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  1. 15. Dietary Choices for Comprehensive Health
  2. pp. 201-213
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  1. Appendix A. Fundamentals of Chemical Bonding and Polarity
  2. pp. 215-218
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  1. Appendix B. Fatty Acid Composition of Dietary Fats and Oils
  2. pp. 219-221
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  1. Appendix C. Chemical Structures of Eicosanoids
  2. pp. 222-224
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  1. Appendix D. Human Lipoproteins: Their Components, Properties, and Associated Proteins
  2. pp. 225-227
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  1. Appendix E. Overview of Neuronal Processes
  2. pp. 228-233
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 235-247
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  1. References
  2. pp. 249-269
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-277
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813549194
Related ISBN
9780813546773
MARC Record
OCLC
642204453
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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