Q. What function does vitamin C play in the body?
A Vitamin C has a variety of roles, all indispensable to good health. It is needed for the body to make the protein of connective tissue, or collagen, which is found throughout the body and helps to maintain the structure of tissues, including skin, muscles, gums, blood vessel s and bone. In the classic deficiency disease, scurvy, which has been recognized for many centuries, a lack of vitamin C leads to the breaking open of small blood vessels, the reddening and bleeding of skin and gums, loose teeth, general weakness and, eventually, death.
Snake gourd is a climbing herb with tendril divided into three parts. It has hairy, angular or 5 to 7 lobed leaves which emit a fetid odor when bruised. It has white male and female flowers and cylindrical, slender, tapering fruits with a waxy surface. Its fruits are orange in color when ripe and pulpy red at maturity.
An analysis of snake gourd shows it to consist of substantial amount of and little protein, fat fiber and carbohydrates. Its mineral and vitamins contents are calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, little thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. Its calorific value is 18.
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The herb contains an orange yellow pigment, plumbagin a sitosterol and a fatty alcohol. The proportion of the plumbagin varies within the limits according to the locality, growth, age condition of the soil and the reason. The older the plant and drier the soil, the greater is the quantity of active principle found in its root.
Q. If vitamin A is fat-soluble; does that mean it's found in foods that contain fat?
A. Yes. Vitamin A occurs naturally only in foods of animal origin, such as liver, which is the storage place for vitamin A in animals and humans; some seafood; butter; whole milk and egg yolks. This form of vitamin A is usually called pre-formed vitamin A, or retinol. Retinol is also added to skim and low-fat milk.
The plant occurs in several parts of India, chiefly in the drier parts of the peninsula, and is usually cultivated in hedges. It is also cultivated for commercial purposes, in Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The leaves contain a glucosidal coloring matter and hennotanic acid. On petroleum ether extraction, the seeds of the plant yield a viscous oil containing behenvc, arachidic, stearic, palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids.
Q. I know that a compound of fluorine, called a fluoride, is often added to some brands of toothpaste, and even to some water supplies to help reduce cavities. Does it really work for that?
A. Yes. Tooth decay rates are much higher than average in areas in which the drinking water is naturally low in fluorine. When adequate amounts of fluoride are incorporated into tooth enamel, the rate of tooth decay is substantially reduced. Studies show that it works not only for children's teeth, but for adults, too.