What is Ghrelin?


Ghrelin is a hormone mainly produced and released by the stomach, with smaller amounts released by the small intestine, pancreas and brain, cells known as as P/D1 cells and epsilon cells. Ghrelin is the main hormone responsible for stimulating hunger. Its levels increase and decrease before and after meals and are also dependent upon the … Read more

Zak Efron’s Workout Routine


According to Zak Efron’s personal trainer, Patrick Murphy, the actor’s routine is constantly cycling, but here are the basics that Murphy used with Efron to get him in shape for Baywatch. Zak used a three-day split: Workout 1: back and biceps Workout 2: legs Workout 3: shoulders, chest, and triceps Each workout was performed once … Read more

Diet and Nutrition terms Defined


Antioxidants In the form of vitamin and mineral supplements, antioxidants help counteract the effects of free radicals on cells and repair cellular damage. Antioxidants protect cells by sacrificing electrons to prevent free radicals from stealing electrons from healthy cells. Arachidonic Acid An essential fatty acid that is the immediate precursor to “bad” eicosanoids found in … Read more

What are Cruciferous Vegetables?


Cruciferous vegetables are of the family Brassicaceae, also known as Cruciferae, and include cauliflower, cabbage, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts and similar green leaf vegetables.¬†Other examples include oriental cabbage, arugula, watercress, radish, daikon, wassabi, and various mustards. Ten of the most common cruciferous vegetables are in the species Brassica oleracea, and are often … Read more