Category Archives: Sterols and Stanols

Maca (Lepidium meyenii): Pharmacology Part 3

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a herb with significant medicinal properties. These properties stem from the phytochemicals contained within the plant tissues. Some of the phytochemicals contained within maca belong to the alkaloid subgroup of chemicals. The main alkaloids identified in … Continue reading

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Asparagus (Asparagus racemosus): Phytochemistry

Asparagus racemosus is a plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family of plants. Asparagus racemosus is sometimes also called Satawar, Satamuli or Shatavari. It grows at low altitudes throughout India. Asparagus racemosus is used as a herbal medicine in traditional … Continue reading

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The Phytochemicals in Cucurbitaceae Family Vegetables

The Cucurbitaceae family vegetables include the common cucumber that most people are familiar with from supermarkets. However, melons are also part of this family. Both cucumbers and melons are medicinal in nature, and this relates to the phytochemicals they contain. … Continue reading

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Low Fat Spreads: Treat the Symptoms Not the Cause

The idea that cholesterol is the cause of the vascular damage seen in the aetiology of atherosclerosis is outdated. The original theory suggested that cholesterol from the diet could cause an increase in the cholesterol levels of the blood, and … Continue reading

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What Do You Mean By Dietary Fat?

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Saturated Fat and Health

The role of saturated fat in health has been distorted from the original observations within the scientific literature. Saturated fat has been implicated as a disease causing agent, and this is really at odds with the data from peer review … Continue reading

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Fish Oils and Plant Sterols: Lowering Triglycerides

The metabolic syndrome is characterised by insulin resistance and this results in a number of metabolic abnormalities. One such abnormality is an increase in the de novo lipogenesis pathway of the liver. The de novo lipogenesis pathway is involved with … Continue reading

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Vegetable Spreads Versus Butter

Butter is made by churning milk. In this process the milk fat is agitated and this causes a change in the physical composition of the milk. Milk is an emulsion whereby the fat molecules are suspended in the watery medium … Continue reading

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Cloves

Clove trees (Eugenia aromatica) produces two cm long pink flowers that can be picked as buds and dried. These buds when dried turn brown, and at this point are referred to as cloves. Cloves are a common spice found throughout … Continue reading

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The Wulzen Factor (Stigmasterol)

The Wulzen anti-stiffness factor is a compound that was originally discovered in molasses and unpasteurised cream. Its discoverer Rosalind Wulzen, showed that the compound could reverse the calcification of joints in osteoarthritis. More recently the Wulzen factor has been identified … Continue reading

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