Amino Acids -- The fundamental building blocks of proteins and also an important class of biochemicals involved in intermediary metabolism.
Cholesterol -- Can't live with it, can't live without it. This important steroid serves as the precursor to an entire lineup of essential steroids.
DNA -- The hard drive of the human body. This complex biopolymer is the storage site for genetic information.
Fatty Acids -- Long chained biochemicals that store food energy until it is needed. These molecules are also involved in a variety of biological functions.
Hormones -- Probably our biggest problems derive from increased blood levels of certain hormones. Once again, can't live with 'em, but can't live without 'em either.
Minerals -- A collection of bioessential salts that are used in a huge number of biochemical metabolic pathways.
Neurotransmitters -- Small biochemicals that our body uses to shuttle messages from one part to another. Often these guys are the target of abusive chemicals and drugs.
Phytochemicals -- The "vitamins" of the next millennium, these chemicals are mostly derived from plants. There is a growing body of evidence that many of these biochemicals can stop cancer.
Prostaglandins -- Bioactive lipids that act in a manner similar to hormones, although on a more localized basis. These chemicals are synthesized and degraded very rapidly.
Proteins -- Important biopolymers that play a critical role in the structure and function of the body. This class of biochemicals includes enzymes, collagen, and hemoglobin, to name a few.
Sugars -- An important food source for the brain. These biochemicals are involved in a vast number of important pathways and are also commonly used as structural components of proteins, enzymes, and cell walls.
Vitamins -- Derived from the term "vital amines", these essential biochemicals must be obtained in the diet. They are responsible for catalyzing some of the most complex biosynthesis in the body.
Questions or comments? Send us an email.
© 1995-2015 by Michael W. Davidson and The Florida State University. All Rights Reserved. No images, graphics, software, scripts, or applets may be reproduced or used in any manner without permission from the copyright holders. Use of this website means you agree to all of the Legal Terms and Conditions set forth by the owners.
This website is maintained by our