Anti-inflammatory: non inflammatory, inhibiting inflammation.
Antioxidant: a substance (such as vitamin C, ascorbic acid) that hinders oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen, peroxides, or free radicals.
Bioavailable: the degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed into the body or is made available at the site of physiological activity.
Calorie: a unit of energy in the form of heat.
Carbohydrate: molecules composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen; provide immediate energy and act as a source of stored energy in the body; a component of a balanced diet when in proper ratio with lipids and protein.
Cyanide: a chemical compound with a molecular formula of CN–. It can be found as an aqueous solution which becomes volatile when the compound is combined with a hydrogen ion to create hydrogen cyanide. It is toxic by ingestion, inhalation, or contact and subsequent absorption through the skin.
Cytotoxic: having toxic effects on cells; a cytotoxin would negatively impact the metabolic activities of cells and could even cause cell death.
Free-radical: unstable molecules produced as a result of normal metabolic processes in the body; contains an unpaired electron in atomic orbit which contributes to its high reactivity; cause cell damage and the disruption of normal homeostasis in the body.
Macronutrient: an element or substance (protein, carbohydrate, lipid, water) required in relatively large amounts to foster the growth and health of a living being.
Metabolism: the sum of all of the chemical processes occurring within a living organism that are required to maintain life.
Micronutrient: an element or substance (vitamin C, calcium) required in relatively minute amounts to foster proper growth and development of a living being.
Oxidative stress: an imbalance in the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to counteract the effects of their production using antioxidant defenses; may contribute to tissue damage.
Oxidative damage: resultant tissue damage due to oxidative stress and the over-presence of free radicals in the body.
Protein: nitrogenous compounds composed of amino acids; contribute to muscle growth and repair in the body; a component of a balanced diet when in proper ratio with lipids and carbohydrates.
Synthesis: the buildup or production of a substance by combining two or more building blocks (elements, molecules, substances)
Vitamin: a classification of substances needed for proper cellular function, growth, and development in the body. There are 13 essential vitamins that must be obtained through the diet:
Yuca: the tuber, or the root, portion of cassava. It is known for its nutty flavor and rich starch content.
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