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Mustard Oil Glucosinolates

I have been rekindling both my love of chemistry and generic levitra canada'>generic levitra canada my love of brassicas. Brassica is the ‘new’ botanical term for the Cruciferae, or cabbage/mustard family. A few members of www.aimint.org the www.theseafoodrestaurant.com Brassica family: Black mustard (Brassica nigra) Cabbage, cauliflower, kale, broccoli, kohlrabi, bok choy, brussel sprouts, (Brassica oleracea) Turnip (B. rapa) Horseradish (Cochlearia armoracia) Wasabi (W. japonica) Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) Shepheard’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) Watercress (Nasturtium offcinale) Rape/canola (B.napus) Mustard greens (B. juncea) Glycosides are a main chemical constituent of the mustard family. In short, glycosides are basically carbohydrate glycones (which is a sugar part) bonded to an another part called an aglycone. The bond between them breaks by an enzyme and hydrolysis (hydro-, water; -lysis, breaks) which frees the aglycone group to be used by the body. Many biochemists use the aglycone group to categorizes glycosides; it is what gives them their special actions. Glycosides are a well-known herbal chemical constituent group. The powerful steroidal cardiac glycosides get a lot of press, after an English herbalist discovered the use of foxglove (Digitalis spp.) for …