Venketeshwer Rao

University of Toronto

Dr. Rao, Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; has established a major focus in the area of diet and health. His research has focused on the role of oxidative stress and antioxidant phytochemicals with particular emphasis on the role of lycopene in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis and other human chronic diseases. He is credited for bringing international awareness to the role of lycopene in human health. In addition to the carotenoids his research interests also include plant polyphenols and the role of prebiotics and probiotics in human health. He has over hundred publications in scientific journals. He has authored and co-authored several books and book chapters directed towards human nutrition and health. He has a distinguished academic career spanning over 50 years. He is popularly sought by the international media to express his opinions on the subjects of nutrition and health. He has participated in many community activities to promote the awareness of the role phytochemicals play in human nutrition and health.

4books edited

4chapters authored

Latest work with IntechOpen by Venketeshwer Rao

Phytochemicals are biologically active compounds present in plants used for food and medicine. A great deal of interest has been generated recently in the isolation, characterization and biological activity of these phytochemicals. This book is in response to the need for more current and global scope of phytochemicals. It contains chapters written by internationally recognized authors. The topics covered in the book range from their occurrence, chemical and physical characteristics, analytical procedures, biological activity, safety and industrial applications. The book has been planned to meet the needs of the researchers, health professionals, government regulatory agencies and industries. This book will serve as a standard reference book in this important and fast growing area of phytochemicals, human nutrition and health.

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