The Vitamins, 5th Edition

Fundamental Aspects in Nutrition and Health

The Vitamins, 5th Edition,Gerald F. Combs, Jr.,James P. McClung,ISBN9780128029657
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A fully updated, authored reference on the biochemistry and physiology of vitamins and vitamin-like substances

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Key Features

  • Includes diagnostic trees for vitamin deficiencies to help readers visually understand and recognize signs of specific deficiencies
  • Updated tables and figures throughout serve as quick references and support key takeaways
  • Provides learning aids, such as call-out boxes to increase comprehension and retention of important concepts


The Vitamins: Fundamental Aspects in Nutrition and Health, Fifth Edition, provides the latest coverage of the biochemistry and physiology of vitamins and vitamin-like substances. Health-related themes present insights into the use of vitamins, not only for general nutritional balance, but also as a factor in the prevention and/or treatment of specific health issues, such as overall immunity, inflammatory diseases, obesity, and anemia.

Readers will gain an understanding of the roles vitamins play in gene expression and epigenetics, providing important information on the further development of personalized medical treatments that will also allow them to establish appropriate dietary programs based on individual genetic profiles.

This cohesive, well-organized presentation of each vitamin includes key words, case studies, and coverage of the metabolic functions of appropriate vitamins. The readability of this complex content is highly regarded by students, instructors, researchers, and professionals alike.


Upper level undergraduate and graduate students studying micronutrients in nutrition programs, researchers in nutrition, food science, pharmacology, endocrinology, public health, and epidemiology; dieticians, clinicians

Gerald F. Combs, Jr.

Gerald F. Combs, Jr. is internationally recognized as a leader in Nutrition, having published widely and conducted research ranging from fundamental studies with cultured cells and animal models to human metabolic and clinical investigations. His specialties include the metabolism and health roles of minerals and vitamins, and the linkages of agriculture and human health in national development. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and reviews and 14 books, and is an Emeritus Professor of Nutrition at Cornell University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

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James P. McClung

James P. McClung, Ph.D., is a nutrition biologist in the Military Nutrition Division at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) in Natick, Massachusetts. Dr. McClung’s past and current research focuses on micronutrient nutrition at both the basic and applied levels. He has expertise in the areas of iron, selenium, and zinc nutrition. Ongoing experiments in his laboratory include studies investigating the impact of poor iron status on bone health and skeletal muscle function in both humans and animals. These experiments include analysis of the impact of iron status on function at the whole body, tissue, and molecular level. One project in Dr. McClung’s laboratory involves the assessment of iron status in female military recruits. A unique aspect of this study includes determination of the impact of iron status on both physical and cognitive performance using a variety of applied and computer-based tests. Current efforts are focused on the development of nutritional interventions for the maintenance of iron status during military training. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of New Hampshire and his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Nutrition Biologist, United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), Natick, Massachusetts, USA

The Vitamins, 5th Edition

Part I: Perspectives on the Vitamins in Nutrition
1. What is a Vitamin?
2. Discovery of the Vitamins
3. Properties of Vitamins
4. Vitamin Deficiency
5. Vitamin Needs and Safety

Part II: Considering the Individual Vitamins
6. Vitamin A
7. Vitamin D
8. Vitamin E
9. Vitamin K
10. Vitamin C
11. Thiamin
12. Robiflavin
13. Niacin
14. Vitamin B6
15. Biotin
16. Pantothenic Acid
17. Folate
18. Vitamin B12
19. Vitamin-Like Factors

Part III: Using Current Knowledge of the Vitamins
20. Sources of the Vitamins
21. Assessing Vitamin Status

Appendix A  Current and Obsolete Designations of Vitamins and Vitamin-Like Factors
Appendix B  Original Reports for Case Studies
Appendix C  A Core of Current Vitamin Literature
Appendix D  Vitamin Contents of Foods (units per 100 g edible portion)
Appendix E  Vitamin Content of Feedstuffs (units per kg)

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