Editor: J. Ruth Wu-Wong

Series Title: Vitamin D and Your Body

Why Does Vitamin D Matter?

Volume 1

eBook: US $44 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $102
Printed Copy: US $80
Library License: US $176
ISSN: 2589-3041 (Print)
ISSN: 1879-4475 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-511-1 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-083-3 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2012
DOI: 10.2174/97816080508331120101


New tests and studies continue to reveal exciting information about the power of vitamin D in maintaining good health and preventing major illnesses. ‘Why Does Vitamin D Matter?’ not only covers vitamin D basics, but also explores the science of the vitamin D receptor (VDR), the protein that binds to the active metabolite of vitamin D to fulfill biochemical functions, it explains how vitamin D analogs directly activate the VDR. Readers will find this e-book informative, not only from the scientific point of view, but also from the potential applications of the knowledge into one’s daily life.

Starting with a brief history of vitamin D and VDR research, followed by a detailed scientific report of how vitamin D and VDR work, this e-book goes on to cover epidemiological studies that investigate the outcome of vitamin D deficiency and the effects of vitamin D supplementation. Issues related to vitamin D supplementation are also addressed from different angles. This e-book continues with a comprehensive report on the numerous vitamin D analogs currently on the market or in development to treat various diseases, followed by exploring the possibility of developing this class of compounds for additional indications.

This e-book is suitable for both general readers and scientists involved in vitamin D research or students who are interested in a career in biochemical/medical/nutritional research, especially in the field of vitamin D and the vitamin D receptor.

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- Pp. i
Terry Opgenorth
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- Pp. ii
J. Ruth Wu-Wong
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List of Contributors

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J. Ruth Wu-Wong
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A Brief History of the Vitamin D Field

- Pp. 3-11 (9)
Masahide Mizobuchi
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How Does Vitamin D Work?

- Pp. 12-25 (14)
Petya Valcheva, Jose M. Valdivielso
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What Have We Learned from the Epidemiology of Vitamin D?

- Pp. 26-40 (15)
Csaba P. Kovesdy
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Does Vitamin D Supplementation Improve Health?

- Pp. 41-56 (16)
Alan H. Lau, Yee Ming Lee
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Vitamin D Analogs Currently on the Market and in Development

- Pp. 57-82 (26)
Gui-Dong Zhu
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How are Vitamin D and Its Analogs Used to Treat Human Diseases?

- Pp. 83-101 (19)
Alex J. Brown
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Future Perspectives

- Pp. 102-116 (15)
J. Ruth Wu-Wong
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- Pp. 117-120 (4)
J. Ruth Wu-Wong
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