Alex Brito

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In the human gastrointestinal tract, trypsin and mucin may affect the absorption of heme iron. However, these interactions have not been well-established. We determined the effect of trypsin and mucin on heme iron absorption in humans. Design: Twenty-eight apparently healthy females participated in two studies (14 per study). Study A evaluated the effect of(More)
The aim of this study is to determine the effect of proteins from cereals and legumes on heme iron (Fe) absorption. The absorption of heme Fe without its native globin was measured. Thirty adult females participated in two experimental studies (15 per study). Study I focused on the effects of cereal proteins (zein, gliadin and glutelin) and study II on the(More)
Copper (Cu) deficiency has been reported to influence lipid metabolism, but the effects in humans are controversial. To evaluate the effects of 8 mg Cu/day supplementation (as copper sulfate) for 6 months on the lipid profile and hepatic function of apparently healthy men. The design was randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. Subjects(More)
The absorption of heme iron has been described as distinctly different from that of non-heme iron. Moreover, whether heme and non-heme iron compete for absorption has not been well established. Our objective was to investigate the potential competition between heme and non-heme iron as ferrous sulfate for absorption, when both iron forms are ingested on an(More)
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