NUTRIENTS

Substances that we need to get from food stuff, so that we grow well and keep healthy

Vitamin B12 deficiency in Indians: make sure you don’t have it

Vitamin  B12 is a water soluble vitamin, this is why its reserve lasts only a few days in the body; we have to get it adequately from diet to avoid vitamin B12 deficiency.

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Benefits of polyunsaturated fats including ‘omega 3’ fats

Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are two types of PUFAs (Polyunsaturated fatty acids). Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) are essential fats which our body can not make them on its own.

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Vitamin D deficiency in India is common. Find out What are vitamin D function, food sources and supplements?

Main action of vitamin D is to help calcium and phosphorus in our diet to be absorbed from the gut and thus keep bones healthy and strong and prevent diseases such as rickets, osteomalacia and osteoporosis.

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Vitamin C: why do we need it and how to get enough?

Vitamin C has a role in formation of  collagen, which is an important part of nearly all body tissue, in synthesis of neurotransmitters and in protein synthesis

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Vitamins of B complex: functions, deficiency and rich sources

Vitamin B complex includes Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine, Pyridoxal, Pyridoxamine), Vitamin B7 (Biotin), Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid or Folate) and Vitamin B12 (Cobalamins)

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Vitamin A deficiency in Indians and what are vitamin A foods and supplements?

Vitamin A deficiency was, and arguably still is, a major public health problem in India. But the level of deficiency has declined significantly.

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Dietary fats and oils: which are good fats and bad fats

Dietary fats and oils are important components of human diet, providing energy (fats are the densest source of calories) and essential fatty acids and serving as a source of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, and K).

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Protein functions and requirements

Proteins are the major structural and functional components of the human body. Many proteins are enzymes that catalyze biochemical reactions and are vital to metabolism

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Carbohydrates functions and types: good carbs, bad carbs and dietary fiber

Carbohydrates, or carbs, are one of the three macro nutrients that provide energy for body functions. In fact, for most Indians they provide more than 2/3 rd of total food calories!

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Nutrition facts: what are macro and micro, essential and nonessential nutrients?

Nutrients are substances in foods that are used by the body for growth, maintenance, and energy. Nutrients are classified as macronutrients and micronutrients, depending on the amounts that we need in our daily food.

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