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FRUCTOSE

Invisible to the eye, sugar is a disaccharide consisting of two molecules in equal amounts, namely glucose, and fructose.  They get separated early in the digestive process and both get absorbed into the bloodstream but are processed quite differently. ...

TABLE SUGAR EQUALS GLUCOSE AND FRUCTOSE

Too much sugar in the diet has been referred to as “white death” and on closer inspection it boils down to the two ingredients in sugar.  A single molecule of sugar consists of equal amounts of glucose and fructose, which gets separated early during the digestive...

DOPAMINE

The smell of freshly baked bread lingering in the kitchen adds to the delight from the first bite.  The delight does not only come from our tastebuds, but mainly from a pleasure and reward function in the brain, which helps us to feel happy and even euphoric at...

COLLAGEN

In search of a magic bullet that would slow down the signs and effects of aging, collagen supplementation has in recent years been being promoted in a variety of products, from skin filler to muscle-building fiber to easing arthritis symptoms.   Endorsements...

VITAMIN B12

Vitamins are essential nutrients that the body requires in small quantities daily from our diet, since the body can’t make them.  Vitamins are classified in two broad categories, namely fat soluble, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, or water soluble, such as the...

ALLULOSE

The ever-increasing extent of overweight and obesity is highlighted by the World Health Organization, which found that worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.  In 2016 more than 1,9 billion adults were overweight, of which over 650 million were...

FASTING

Ancient man’s lifestyle of walking long distances daily in search of food and shelter, typified by opportunistic eating and either fasting or feasting, also meant that they had to go for long periods of time without food when none was readily available.  It makes...

BRAIN-DERIVED NEUROTROPHIC FACTOR (BDNF)

“To function at its best, your brain needs neuron- and synapse-supporting factors, including certain hormones, trophic factors, and nutrients.”  Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays an important role among these synapse-strengthening and neuron-boosting...

NEUROGENESIS

The brain is regarded as the most complex structure in our universe, and much is still unknown about this extraordinary organ.  Conventional thinking amongst neuroscientists used to be that the brain cells you were born with were fixed and incapable of...

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