Vitamins and Minerals
Fact versus Fiction
by Myrna Chandler Goldstein and Mark A. Goldstein, MD
April 2018, 247pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5209-1
$61, 51€, A88
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5210-7
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The human body requires more than 20 vitamins and minerals each day to function properly, yet many Americans are deficient in one or more of these essential substances.

This accessible reference profiles the vitamins and minerals most important to human health, presenting information in an easy-to-use format and summarizing the findings of key research studies.

Everyone knows that vitamins and minerals are nonnegotiable components of optimal health. But what exactly do these substances do in the body, and how much of each is needed? What happens if an individual ingests too little or too much of a particular vitamin or mineral? Which foods are the best sources of them, and are dietary supplements a safe alternative? Do certain vitamins and minerals offer protection against certain diseases and medical conditions?

Vitamins and Minerals: Fact versus Fiction provides answers to these and many other questions in an accessible format, backed by summaries of key research findings. This book cuts through the confusion and hype that surround the nutrition and supplements industries to offer readers clear guidance founded on solid medical research. A standardized chapter structure and several appendices make the most important information readily available, while introductory essays explore fundamental topics—such as different types of intake recommendations and how they’re determined—in greater depth.


  • Utilizes a standardized chapter structure that makes finding specific information fast and simple
  • Summarizes and contextualizes key research findings in easy-to-understand language
  • Provides introductory materials to help readers build a solid foundation of knowledge, including how suggested vitamin and mineral intake amounts are determined and how dietary supplements are regulated
  • Includes appendices that provide at-a-glance information about the best food sources for all vitamins and minerals covered in the book
Myrna Chandler Goldstein, MA, has been a freelance writer and independent scholar for more than 25 years. She is the author of Greenwood's The 50 Healthiest Habits and Lifestyle Changes, Healthy Oils: Fact versus Fiction, Healthy Herbs: Fact versus Fiction, and Healthy Foods: Fact versus Fiction.

Mark A. Goldstein, MD, is founding chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is author or editor of numerous professional and lay publications. His research interests include studying the effects of eating disorders and malnutrition on bone mineralization in adolescents and young adults.


"Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers."—Choice, November 1, 2018

2018 Top Community College Resource—Choice, 00/00/00
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