BCAA - All you need to know

Meenakshi Noll, Ph.D. What are BCAAs Amino acids are building blocks of protein. There are 22 amino acids that are required in the body to carry out various funcions especially protein synthesis. Among all amino acids, 9 are called essential amino acids as they are not produced in the…

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

By Dr. Anna Simon Introduction Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, is important for metabolism, converting carbohydrates and amino acids to useable energy for the body, and as an antioxidant protecting against tissue damage from free radicals. The earliest recorded isolation of riboflavin was in 1879 by A.W. Blyth, who extracted…

Facts about Dietary Fats, Fatty Acids, and Health Consequences

By Dr. Neerja L. Bisht, MD Fats are essentially a form of lipids, which is a generic term given to compounds mainly found in tissues of plants and animals. Fats are the primary energy depots used for long-term energy requirements during periods of extensive exercise or during periods of…

The Increasing use of Dietary Supplements: Benefits and Dangers

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Aiman Bandali INTRODUCTION Over the last few years, particularly since 2010, there has been an increase in intake of dietary supplements. According to the new market report published by Persistence Market Research, the global dietary supplements market was valued at $109.8 billion and is…

The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet on Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer Risk

By Joanne P. Shelby-klein, BSN, RN Introduction: What is the Mediterranean diet? The Mediterranean Diet is currently thought of as the paradigm for healthy eating. The World Health Organization states that adopting the Mediterranean diet can prevent the onset of disease and improve the standard of living.7 Recent…

Vitamin B12

By Hasina Akhter, Ph.D. INTRODUCTION OF VITAMIN B12 Vitamin B12 is one of the nine water-soluble B vitamins. It is also known as cobalamin or cyanocobalamin as it contains cobalt, the essential trace element to all animals. Methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin are other forms of this vitamin that…

Vitamin A

Our bodies need a variety of vitamins and minerals to work properly and keep us healthy. One of those vitamins is Vitamin A, also known as Retinol. It is an important vitamin that is not often talked about. WHAT IS VITAMIN A? Vitamin A is considered to be a fat…

Sugary Drinks and Artificial Sweeteners

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Drinking soft drinks, whether sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners, is a highly visible and talked about public health issue as they are believed to be major contributors to obesity and other major health problems. While it has…

Vitamin B9 - Folic Acid

By Catherine Murari-Kanti, M.S. Introduction: Folic acid received its name from the Latin word folium which means leaf since it was isolated from spinach leaves in 1941. [1] Folic acid is also called Vitamin B9 making it part of the B-complex of vitamins and folate is the…