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herbal tea (tisane)
"Herbal tea" or tisane, is a catch-all term for any non-caffeinated beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material. These drinks are distinguished from caffeinated beverages like coffee, maté, kuding, and the true teas (black, green, white, yellow, oolo   (more info - herbal tea)

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Any enzyme that catalyzes the splitting of proteins into smaller peptide fractions and amino acids by a process known as proteolysis (cleaving the bonds that link amino acids in protein molecules).

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stearic acid
A waxy saturated fatty acid; occurs widely as a glyceride in animal and vegetable fats. It is a source of tallow, that was traditionally used in candle-making and soaps. Stearic acid is now mainly used in the production of detergents, soaps, and cosmetics such as shampoos and shaving cream produc   (more info - stearic acid)

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stearidonic acid (sda)
An omega-3 fatty acid, sometimes called moroctic acid. It is biosynthesized from alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) by the enzyme delta-6-desaturase. Natural sources of this fatty acid are the seed oils of hemp, blackcurrant, corn gromwell, and echium, and the cyanobacterium Spirulina.   (more info - stearidonic acid)

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steatohepatitis (fatty liver)
Yellow discoloration as a result of the accumulation of certain fats (triglycerides) in the liver; can be caused by alcoholic cirrhosis or pregnancy or exposure to certain toxins. FLD is a reversible condition where large vacuoles of triglyceride fat accumulate in liver cells via the process of ste   (more info - steatohepatitis)

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The presence of excess fat in feces. Stools may also float due to excess lipid, have an oily appearance and be especially foul-smelling. An oily anal leakage or some level of fecal incontinence may occur.

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