© 2005

Nutrients, Stress, and Medical Disorders

  • Shlomo Yehuda
  • David I. Mostofsky

Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. History, Methodology, and Basic Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martha M. Faraday
      Pages 3-19
    3. Michael R. Foy, Jeansok J. Kim, Tracey J. Shors, Richard F. Thompson
      Pages 37-65
    4. Akihiko Urayama, William A. Banks
      Pages 83-95
  3. Nutrients and Stress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Shlomo Yehuda, Sharon Rabinovitz, David I. Mostofsky
      Pages 99-110
    3. R. H. DeRijk, E. R. de Kloet
      Pages 111-135
    4. David Wheatley
      Pages 137-153
    5. Sharon Rabinovitz
      Pages 155-164
    6. Maria M. Glavas, Joanne Weinberg
      Pages 165-183
    7. Daniel Kim, Ichiro Kawachi
      Pages 185-201
  4. Health, Mental Health, and Cognitive Functions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Rinat Armony-Sivan, Arthur I. Eidelman
      Pages 205-220
    3. Basant K. Puri
      Pages 221-230
    4. Javier Velázquez-Moctezuma, René Drucker-Colín
      Pages 231-244
    5. Tomohito Hamazaki
      Pages 245-252
    6. Gal Dubnov, Elliot M. Berry
      Pages 253-263

About this book


Although it has long been recognized that what we eat and how we deal with stress play a major role in disease prevention and treatment, it is only recently that the scientific basis of this relationship has been aggressively studied. In Nutrients, Stress, and Medical Disorders, prominent researchers from academia, industry, and medicine survey current clinical findings on the complex interactions between diet, mental health, and stress, and their impact on disease states. The authors consider specific nutrients (fatty acids, glucocorticoids, herbal products, and alcohol), the effects of food, and stress, taking into account even environmental influences other than diet and their effects on stress and central nervous system functions. They give special attention to the influence of stress on physical health, mental health, and cognitive function, including the critical effects of maternal nutritional status and stress levels on fetal physical and mental development, the role of lipids in the development and treatment of depression, the role of fish oil in the development of aggressive behaviors, and the consequences of obesity on stress and the development of eating disorders. Additional chapters examine the effects of stress on chronic disorders, women, and cardiac function, and the influence of inflammation on diet, neurological functions, disease incidence, and cognitive functions.
Authoritative and up-to-date, Nutrients, Stress, and Medical Disorders offers health professionals in many areas of research and practice not only an easy-to-understand benchmark review of the importance of nutrition in reducing stress-related chronic diseases and optimizing health, but also insight into exciting possibilities for drug development, the design of therapeutic programs, and future research opportunities.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Shlomo Yehuda
    • 1
  • David I. Mostofsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychopharmacology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, and The Gonda Research CenterBar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyBoston UniversityBoston

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"S. Yehuda and D. Mostofsky have gathered in this volume … a total of 25 chapters divided in 4 parts, each chapter presenting a particular aspect of the relationships between 2 of the 3 terms contained in the title, i.e. nutrients and stress, nutrients and medical disorders, and stress and medical disorders. … provides a wealth of information on the various links between nutrition, stress and brain function. It should therefore be very useful for the scientific and medical community interested in nutritional neurosciences." (Sylvie Chalon, Psychoneuroendocrinology, June, 2006)