Category Archives: Digestion and Absorption

Digestive Function of the Pancreas

The pancreas is a fist sized organ that sits roughly between the spleen and the duodenum. The pancreas is composed of two main types of tissue that comprise endocrine and exocrine functions. The acinar cells make up the exocrine glands … Continue reading

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The Main Role of The Stomach In Digestion

The stomach can be described as a muscular J-shaped bag that sits in the thoracic cavity, which joins the oesophagus to the small intestine. The esophageal and pyloric sphincters act as barriers to the oesophagus and small intestine, respectively. The … Continue reading

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The Human Stomach

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Cellulose Capsules: Do They Inhibit Green Tea Catechin Absorption?

Green tea is a popular supplement in the diet industry. This popularity relates to evidence that shows that green tea consumption may induce weight loss. The exact reason for the weight loss effects of green tea are not known, but … Continue reading

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Could Western Iron Status be Poorer Than Thought?

Experimental methods for measuring the intakes of, and plasma levels of, most micronutrients do exist, however these are not practical to apply to large populations. Instead such small scale measurements are often confined to the research setting. The current intakes … Continue reading

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Protein Delays Gastric Emptying

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How To Enhance Carotenoid Absorption

Carotenoids are phytochemicals found in high concentrations in photosynthetic organisms. Here the role of carotenoids is to aid photosynthesis by acting as light harvesting elements during time of low light exposure. In addition, carotenoids may act as antioxidants through the … Continue reading

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Flavonoid Absorption, Distribution, Metabolisma and Excretion (ADME)

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Are Green Tea Catechins Bioavailable?

Green tea consumption is associated with a number of health effects including weight loss and protection from cancer and cardiovascular disease. This evidence is supported by results from animal experiments and human clinical trials. The reason for the health effects … Continue reading

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Why Are Nuts A Weight Loss Food?

The traditional paradigm of weight loss suggests that the amount of weight gained or lost is a result of the energy input and energy expenditure of an individual. In this respect, it would be expected that increased physical activity and … Continue reading

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