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2012-01-12 21:43:00

Why do we like fatty foods so much? We can blame our taste buds. Our tongues apparently recognize and have an affinity for fat, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. They have found that variations in a gene can make people more or less sensitive to the taste of fat. The study is the first to identify a human receptor that can taste fat and suggests that some people may be more sensitive to the presence of fat in foods. The study is available...

2012-01-10 08:00:00

Krill oil, derived from krill, is a small, shrimp-like crustacean found in cold water oceans, which are packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids and other key nutrients. Delray Beach, Fla., (PRWEB) January 10, 2012 Vitalmax Vitamins announced Monday that it has added an omega-3 krill oil supplement to its product line. Krill oil has gained widespread attention for its ability to deliver high amounts of omega-3, without many of the pitfalls associated with fish oil, such as the risk of...

2012-01-10 11:17:06

Who knew that male fertility depends on sperm-cell architecture? A University of Illinois study reports that a certain omega-3 fatty acid is necessary to construct the arch that turns around, immature sperm cell into a pointy-headed super swimmer with an extra long tail. "Normal sperm cells contain an arc-like structure called the acrosome that is critical in fertilization because it houses, organizes, and concentrates a variety of enzymes that sperm use to penetrate an egg," said Manabu...

2012-01-05 11:06:23

Is obesity in infants “programmed” in the womb? Previously, researchers assumed that consumption of “bad” fats during pregnancy contribute to excessive infant adipose tissue growth and that “good” Omega 3 fatty acids prevent expansive adipose tissue development. An intervention study run by the Technische Universität München (TUM) showed no evidence to support this “perinatal programming” theory. Expectant mothers...

2012-01-04 08:00:00

ProactiveLife reports the new study, published in Nutrition and Metabolism, indicates that omega 3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes along with protect against heart disease and stroke. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (PRWEB) January 04, 2012 A study published in Nutrition and Metabolism is the first to show how omega 3 fatty acids play a role in metabolic processes with respects to blood sugar and fat processing; reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes....

2011-12-20 18:12:13

It's rubbed on the skin to reduce signs of aging and consumed by athletes to improve endurance but scientists now have the first evidence of one of vitamin E's normal body functions. The powerful antioxidant found in most foods helps repair tears in the plasma membranes that protect cells from outside forces and screen what enters and exits, Georgia Health Sciences University researchers report in the journal Nature Communications. Everyday activities such as eating and exercise can...

2011-12-16 14:11:06

Opening up a new door in synthetic biology, a team of researchers has developed a microfluidic device that produces a continuous supply of tiny lipid spheres that are similar in many ways to a cell's outer membrane. "Cells are essentially small, complex bioreactors enclosed by phospholipid membranes," said Abraham Lee from the University of California, Irvine. "Effectively producing vesicles with lipid membranes that mimic those of natural cells is a valuable tool for fundamental biology...


Word of the Day
lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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