Mineral Water: From Basic Research to Clinical Applications


Series: Biochemistry Research Trends
BISAC: MED116000; MED106000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/IVAQ8581

Target Audience: This book aims to target health professionals (medical doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, nutritionists and dietitians), educators and students (in the aforementioned subject areas) as well as health science researchers (biochemists, biologists and pharmacists), beverage companies and policy-makers.

Mineral Water: From Basic Research to Clinical Applications, written by a multi-disciplinary group of educators, researchers and medical doctors, gathers a timely review on the effects of mineral waters upon several aspects of human biology and pathophysiology, as it gives an overview of how mineral waters may provide a positive impact on different settings, namely health promotion and disease prevention as well as rehabilitation and therapy. A major advantage of this book is the gathering of up-to-date information on the benefits, and associated mechanisms, of mineral waters through different routes of internal and external exposure.

Concepts and classifications of mineral waters are disclosed. The relevance of spa therapies in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, otorhinolaryngology, rheumatic diseases and dermatology is addressed. The mitigation of diet-induced acid load by mineral waters consumption and its relevance for bone health is discussed. The importance of mineral waters consumption against metabolic dysfunction through gut microbiota modulation is argued. And lastly, modulation of membrane transporters by mineral water is reviewed.

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Table of Contents

(Maria Augusta Vieira Coelho – Department of Biomedicine, Pharmacology and Therapeutics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal)

(Maria João Martins – Department of Biomedicine, Biochemistry Unit, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal)


Chapter 1. Natural Mineral Waters: Concept and Classifications
(Francisco Armijo and Francisco Maraver – Professional School of Medical Hydrology, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain)

Chapter 2. Clinical and Immunological Effects of Inhaled Thermal Waters in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
(Luís Taborda-Barata and Marco Contoli – NuESP-Planetary Health Study Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal, et al.)

Chapter 3. Thermal Waters in Otorhinolaryngology
(João Filipe Simões, Helena Castro, Maria João Martins, and António Miguéis – Otorhinolaryngology Department, Centre Hospitalier de Mouscron, Réseau Santé Louvain, Mouscron, Belgium, et al.)

Chapter 4. SPA Therapies and Rheumatic Diseases
(Bruno Miguel Fernandes and Miguel Bernardes – Department of Rheumatology, São João University Hospital Centre, Porto, Portugal, et al.)

Chapter 5. Mineral Water Consumption and Diet-Induced Acid Load: Putative Relevance for Bone Health
(Cidália D. Pereira, Cátia Pontes, Vânia Ribeiro, and Maria João Martins – School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria, Leiria, Portugal, et al.)

Chapter 6. Mineral Waters in Dermatology
(Carmen Lisboa – Department of Pathology, Microbiology Division, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, et al.)

Chapter 7. Water – A New Non-Pharmacological Therapeutic Agent Against Metabolic Dysfunction Through Gut Microbiota Modulation?
(Christophe Espírito Santo, Maria João Martins, and Inês Brandão – Centro de Apoio Tecnológico Agro Alimentar (CATAA) de Castelo Branco, Castelo Branco, Portugal, et al.)

Chapter 8. Influence of Mineral Waters Upon Membrane Transporters
(Fátima Martel – Department of Biomedicine, Biochemistry Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, et al.)

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