Functional Foods and Mental Health

Functional Food Textbook Volume 7: Functional Food and Mental Health


Scientists, public health experts, food producers and consumers have united to generate research on functional food that allows the public to lessen pharmaceutical side effects and surgical costs in the treatment of serious illness. This book presents not only innovative functional food ideas for managing chronic illnesses, but also the processes and scientific research which lead to these modern yet time-honored treatment methods. This issue not only preserves some of the wealth of contributions made in the field, but lays the foundation for a field of science that promises to expand in coming years, potentially changing modern society’s relationship with medicine. This cornerstone guide, written by internationally recognized functional, medical, and bioactive food experts, covers the basics of functional food science. With nearly 2000 scientific references, this book provides scientists, medical doctors, nutritionists, food technologists, students majoring in biology, nutrigenetic and food science fields, as well as public health professionals with a comprehensive and up-to-date examination of functional foods. This book provides modern information on functional food components, including antioxidants, dietary fibers, prebiotics, plant sterols, bioactive peptides, and flavonoids, and many other phytochemicals.

This text presents some of the latest developments in nutrigenomics, molecular biology, and epidemiology, as well as the production, marketing, and distribution of functional foods. In this textbook, our editorial board has included additional information and resources in order to enhance the learning experience of our readers. These additions include detailed editing of articles, new figures, tables, and pictures, end of chapter summaries for each chapter, test questions at the end of each chapter, and an updated glossary with new key words. We believe that this will help our readers to better understand the new material and concepts of functional food science. In order to get the most out of this edition, it is recommended to read each chapter completely and to also review the summary paragraphs that conclude each chapter. These summaries lay out the main take-aways from the chapter and help to put the chapter as a whole into perspective. Also, the reader should complete the end of chapter questions after each chapter to make sure that the information is being retained and understood. Both of these components will assist the reader in studying and comprehending the material.

There are many new words in our glossary at the end of the textbook. These words can be found using the page numbers associated with them in order to find the chapter that contains them. These words have each been conveniently bolded the first time they appear in the chapters so they may be easily located. It is to the readers’ benefit to review these words in the glossary so that they may better understand the material in the chapters.

This book is the collective work of 45 scientists, 18 universities, and other medical and food organizations across the globe.

Feedback and reviews


Here is some feedback and reviews from amazon.com by those who have used this textbook and enjoyed its resources:
"This book includes knowledge on functional food components, including antioxidants, dietary fibers, prebiotics, plant sterols, bioactive peptides, and flavonoids. The book discusses the most recent developments in nutrigenomics, molecular biology, and epidemiology, and the production, marketing, and distribution of functional foods. The charts and pictures were conducive to learning. This book was well formatted and professional looking. I definitely recommend using this text in course work.

Alison: 5.0 out of 5 stars: Educational, professional and well formatted


"This book had a clear, organized structure that made it easy to follow. Being an undergraduate student with lots of required texts to read, I personally lose interest in books that present irrelevant or uninteresting topics. However, I was engrossed in every chapter of this book and learned a lot of cool stuff! Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in functional foods, mental health, or both!"

Lauren S. 5.0 out of 5 stars: Engaging and informative; worth every dollar!
November 12, 2019 


"This book gives an excellent overview of how functional foods can impact mental health and cognitive issues. I enjoyed the diverse author’s list that provided a wide range of research for various audiences. I would recommend this book for anyone who has interests that lie in cognition, such as myself, as it provides a new prospective that could be implemented into future practice."

Natalie: 5.0 out of 5 starsa; must for your library!


An invaluable tool and reference guide to researchers and students alike wanting to know more about functional foods and their effects. The text is both informative and practical, offering a comprehensive overview of functional foods and their relation to mental health.

Chris: 5.0 out of 5 stars; Informative and practical

"This textbook does a excellent job at presenting ingenious information focusing in the field of mental health. By explaining bioactive components found in food, and how food can offer health benefits alongside nutrition. Through the chapters one can see how focused the information is at mentioning potential solutions for mental disorders and other mental concerns. The layout is easy to follow and is presented in a manner that makes finding specific information simple. A useful instrument for both professional and students alike."

Marilyn Pereira: 5.0 out of 5 stars; An invaluable resource


In the face of growing support and differentiation of this field, we wanted to recommend the first edition of the Functional Food Textbook: Functional Foods and Mental Health. We believe it will enrich the university classroom and the future of functional food learning. If you are interested in obtaining copies of our textbook at a discount, email us at ffc@functionalfoodscenter.net 


     Series: Functional Food Science

     Functional Foods and Mental Health

     Paperback: 390 pages

     Publisher: Food Science Publisher   

     Language: English

     ISBN-13: 978-1704411873

     Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches

     Average Customer Review: ***** 5 reviews
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