Food Glossary

 
17 beta-estradiol most potent mammalian estrogenic hormone; can be carcinogenic in hormone related cancers
ACE inhibitors found in whey protein; reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health
Acetylcholine major neurotransmitter in the body; needed for memory and healthy brain function
acetylenics component of celery that stops the growth of cancer cells
aldosterone adrenal hormone that can raise blood pressure
allicin active ingredient in garlic; produced from interaction between alliin and allinase
alliin amino acid found in garlic
allinase enzyme found in garlic; its action on the amino acid alliin produces allicin
allyl isothiocyanate breakdown product of sinigrin believed to play a role in the prevention of tumors and suppression of tumor growth
alpha-carotene carotenoid that converts in the body to vitamin A
alpha lactalbumin-protein fraction with important disease-fighting effects; found in whey protein
alpha linotenic acid omega 3 fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation
amino acids molecules that link together to form proteins
anethole compound that gives fennel its licorice flavor
anthocyanins pigment molecules that make blueberries blue, red cabbage and cherries red; improve vision and brain function; guard against macular degeneration; help the body relieve inflammation
anthraquinone compound in the noni fruit that stimulates the synthesis of collagen and may be an anti wrinkle agent
antiemetic having the property of preventing nausea and vomiting
antimutagen substance that blocks cell-changing agents from starting cancer
antioxidants compounds in food that help fight the process of oxidation, or oxidative stress, a factor in virtually every degenerative disease
antiplatelet activity helps prevent platelets in the blood from sticking together, thus warding off heart attack or stroke
apoptosis natural death of cancer cells
arginine amino acid touted for its role in protecting the inner lining of the arterial walls, making them more pliable and less susceptible to atherogenesis
astaxanthin natural carotenoid that prevents lipid peroxidation and assists in mending DNA breakdown products; found in salmon
atherosclerosis thickening of the arteries
avenanthramides polyphenol antioxidants unique to oats; believed to have anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy properties
beta-carotene read more on scientific name starts with B..........
caffeic acid read more on scientific name starts with C..........
diallyl disulfide read more on scientific name starts with D..........
eicosanoids read more on scientific name starts with E..........
fiber read more on scientific name starts with F..........
gamma read more on scientific name starts with G..........
haemagglutinin read more on scientific name starts with H..........
immunoglobulin read more on scientific name starts with I..........
lauric acid read more on scientific name starts with L..........
macrophages read more on scientific name starts with M..........
nacre read more on scientific name starts with N..........
octacosanol read more on scientific name starts with O..........
palmitic acid read more on scientific name starts with P.........
quercetin & resveratrol read more on scientific name starts with Q & R.........
saponin read more on scientific name starts with S..........
tannins read more on scientific name starts with T.........
umbelliferous read more on scientific name starts with U..........
xenohormones & zeaxanthin read more on scientific name starts with X & Z..........

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