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The ABC of sleep

On Friday, March 13, 2015, World Sleep Day was celebrated all over the globe. This annual event calls to action on important issues related to sleep. This year’s topic was “When Sleep is Sound, Health and Happiness Abound”. Why do we sleep? Sleep is a state in which spend about one third of our lives. …Read More

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is the most common progressive bone disease. It is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density, which happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. Normal bone is composed of protein, collagen, and calcium, all of which give bone its strength. Bones that are affected by osteoporosis …Read More

The immune system: how does it work?

The immune system consists of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body from infection. It is the body’s defense against infectious organisms and other invaders, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Through a series of steps called the immune response, the immune system attacks organisms and substances …Read More

Why do we care about excess cholesterol?

Lipids are essentials molecules but its accumulation is dangerous Lipids such as fats and cholesterol are essential for your body. They serve as starting material for the production of several hormones, such as estrogens and testosterone, vitamins and vital structures, such as cell membranes. However, our modern lifestyle, which associates high caloric food intake and …Read More

What is combinatorial micronutrition?

Food components are not just fuel for our body. They also function as regulatory molecules in a vast range of biological processes. This is particularly the case of micronutrients, those molecules (vitamins, minerals, oligo-elements, phytonutrients, essential amino acids and fatty acids) that the body needs in small amounts but which are essential for maintaining and …Read More

The alpha and omega of omega-3 fatty acids

Everybody is talking about them and countless foods are nowadays proudly claiming their content, which is thought to have numerous beneficial effects on health. So, what are those famous omega-3? Omega-3 fatty acids, also called n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) refer to a type of fats that are essential and known as “good fats”. …Read More

Selenium in Human Nutrition

WHAT IS SELENIUM? Selenium is a micronutrient required in very small amount to maintain health in humans and animals. As the body cannot produce it on its own, it has to be supplied by diet and thus belongs to the family of essential trace elements. The element itself is found in the soil, from where …Read More

What is malnutrition?

Malnutrition refers to a pathological condition resulting from inadequate or unbalanced food intake. Unbalance can be caused, of course, by insufficient food intake (undernutrition), which is the major nutritional issue of developing countries. 925 million people worldwide did not have access to enough food in 2010, which corresponds to one person out of 7. The …Read More