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October 29, 2020
How Genes Influence Salt Intake And Blood Pressure Sensitivity

Just like how water exerts pressure on the walls of the pipes when flowing, blood too exerts pressure on the surface blood vessels. The pressure exerted must be constant and of a particular value. A drop or hike in this pressure may likely be a warning of an abnormality. When the pressure exerted by blood […]

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October 28, 2020
How Genes Influence Your Vitamin E Requirements

Vitamin E has gained popularity recently. The association between vitamin E and skin health is a key reason for its popularity. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient. Both plant and animal sources are available: Animal sources: fish and oysters, dairy products like butter and cheese, Plant sources: vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, and green vegetables […]

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October 27, 2020
Brain Differences In Youth Linked To Increased Waist Size

Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States, putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health. Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they adopt and maintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise. Previous research has identified a region in the brain associated with overeating or unhealthy eating […]

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October 26, 2020
How Genes Influence Your Vitamin K Requirements

Vitamin K refers to a group of fat-soluble vitamins that play a role in blood clotting. It also helps your body make proteins for healthy bones and tissues.  Vitamin K is produced in our bodies by gut bacteria. Two natural forms of this vitamin exist - vitamin K1 and vitamin K2. Vitamin K1, also called […]

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October 24, 2020
How Genes Influence Your Vitamin D Requirements

The sun has always been the most important source of energy for all living beings in the world. The sun makes life possible. Your body needs sunlight to stay healthy. Sunlight is the major source of vitamin D for human beings.  Vitamin D is a kind of fat-soluble vitamin needed by all living beings. This […]

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October 23, 2020
How Genes Influence Your Vitamin C Requirements

Overview One of the most essential nutrients for the growth and development of the human body vitamin C. This is also known as ascorbic acid or ascorbate. This water-soluble vitamin cannot be made by the body and has to be obtained from the foods we eat. Here are some of the significant functions of vitamin […]

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October 22, 2020
How Genes Influence Your Vitamin B6 Requirements

Overview Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is a water-soluble nutrient that cannot be made in the human body. You need to get B6 from the foods you eat or through nutritional supplements. This is a part of the B Vitamins group and is important for everyday functioning. The functional (active) form of vitamin B6 is the Pyridoxal […]

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October 20, 2020
How Genes Influence Your Vitamin B9 (Folate) Requirements

Folate, also known as vitamin B9, is a water-soluble B vitamin. It is naturally found in many folate-containing foods like spinach, broccoli, avocados, and lentils. Apart from natural sources, the synthetic form of folate, folic acid, is also sold as a supplement. This form is supposedly absorbed better by the body.  Lucy Wills, a researcher, […]

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October 19, 2020
How Genes Influence Your Vitamin B12 Requirements

Overview Vitamin B12 is one among the B vitamins and is also known as Cobalamin, since it contains the mineral called cobalt. This water-soluble vitamin cannot be made in the body and needs to be obtained from the food we eat.  Vitamin B12 helps with the below functions in the body: Vitamin B12 keeps the […]

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October 18, 2020
How Genes Influence Your Vitamin A Requirements

Overview Vitamin A plays a very important role in the overall development and maintenance of the body. This fat-soluble vitamin is stored in the liver and is available externally in two forms Retinol – Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that is obtained from animal-based food sources like meat, poultry, and fish and from […]

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