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Open Sesame! Sesamin, the sensational lignan from sesame seeds

Posted by Kevin Wild on

Did you know..."Open sesame"—the famous phrase from the Arabian Nights—reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity. One of the first oil seeds known to humankind, sesame seeds have been widely employed in culinary as well as traditional medicines for their nutritive, preventive, and curative properties. Sesame seeds are an important source of phyto-nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber with potential anti-cancer as well as health promoting properties.  The seeds are especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, which comprises up to 50% fatty...

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Lecithin - Why is it in everything?

Posted by Emily McAfee on

A growing body of evidence indicates lecithin is converted by gut bacteria into trimethylamine-N-oxide(TMAO), which is released into circulation, and may with time contribute to atherosclerosis and heart attacks. So what is Lecithin? Lecithin is an emulsifying substance that is found  in plants and produced naturally in your body. It is used in many products to keep water and fat from separating.  It helps bind ingredients together and extend the shelf life of a product. In biochemistry terms, lecithin is a synonym for phosphatidyl choline. It is the main lipid component in biological membranes, like our cell membranes or cell walls of...

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