Special Issue "Functional Foods and Natural Health Products: Implications for Health and Exercise Performance"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: macronutrient manipulations and sport performance; sport supplements and recovery; sport bars and drinks for endurance, strength, and power; functional food and weight loss; glycemic control and diabetes; active aging strategies
Functional foods are foods high in bioactive ingredients which have demonstrated health benefits beyond basic nutrition, such as adding prebiotics, probiotics, or synbiotics to foods like dairy and cereals, high-fiber food products, and more. On the other hand, natural health products (NHPs) are available in many forms, including foods, herbal products, dietary supplements, and traditional and homeopathic medicines. The safety of NHPs is not always guaranteed just because they are called “natural”. NHPs are highly interactive with medications, nutrients, and foods, and can even have toxic effects. With the recent advances in technology, the number of functional foods and NHPs are on the rise, making it difficult for various populations including healthy individuals, patients needing clinical care, and athletes to choose what would work the best for them. Investigations considering the effect of functional foods and/or NHPs on different aspects of health including cardiovascular risk factors, inflammatory markers, blood glucose control, as well as sports performance and fitness components (strength, power, endurance) are accumulating. Papers addressing these topics are invited for this Special Issue, especially those combining the usage of functional foods and/or NHPs in conjunction with any type of exercise training on health outcomes.
Dr. Mojtaba Kaviani
Manuscript Submission Information
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- functional foods
- natural health products
- exercise training
- healthy eating
- cardiovascular disease
- mental health
- physical fitness
- sport performance