metabolism

Quick fact. Ready?
Green tea is amazing. Not only does it contain many polyphenols and antioxidants, but it aids in weight loss by boosting metabolism. By a compound known as EGCG, it also may help to reduce high cholesterol and by lowering LDL levels in the blood, thus reducing risk of blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks.

Now THATS pretty amazing.

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP)

Referred to by my biology teacher in high school as a “cellular workhorse” this molecule is constantly being used and reused in the living cell to facilitate energy transfer for a wide range of metabolic processes. Cells break down the ATP to release energy for vital processes and also reform the molecule in order to transfer energy onwards, hence ATP’s nickname as the “energy currency” in cells. The breakdown process involves the removal of the phosphate group on the end (top-left in the diagram) to convert the molecule into ADP (adenosine diphosphate).

The phosphorus design is based on the 5-petal Woodland Star flower, each petal having 3 lobes.

Piece requested by @myceliumman.

Quick fact. Ready?
When one becomes more aerobically fit, such as with prolonged endurance activities, one’s body becomes more efficient at burning fat, as supposed to carbs, over a wider range of intensity outputs. This helps to preserve muscle glycogen, and thus helps to combat fatigue.