Why is Calcium required in our body?

Consuming too much calcium, especially in the form of calcium supplements, can lead to constipation and kidney stones.


In the context of nutrition, a mineral is a chemical element required as an essential nutrient by organisms to perform functions necessary for life.  Most of the minerals in a human diet come from eating plants and animals or from drinking water. As a group, minerals are one of the four groups of essential nutrients, the others of which are vitamins, essential fatty acids, and essential amino acids. The five major minerals in the human body are calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and magnesium.

Calcium makes up approximately 2 percent of your total body weight and contributes to many basic body functions, including disease prevention and absorption of other nutrients. Consuming enough calcium — between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams per day for healthy men and women — is a must for optimal nutrition and health. Calcium is key for the health of your bones and teeth, but it also affects your muscles, hormones, nerve function, and ability to form blood clots.

Calcium in periodic table

Calcium performs a number of basic functions in your body. Your body uses 99 percent of its calcium to keep your bones and teeth strong, thereby supporting skeletal structure and function.

Click here to know more about Taurine intake!

Diseases due to Calcium deficiency

Low blood calcium levels and the lack of calcium may lead to the following low calcium symptoms:

  1. Fainting
  2. Heart failure
  3. Chest pains
  4. Numbness and tingling sensations around the mouth or in the fingers and toes
  5. Muscle cramps, particularly in the back and legs; may progress to muscle spasm ( tetany)
  6. Wheezing
  7. Difficulty swallowing
  8. Voice changes due to spasm of the larynx
  9. Irritability, impaired intellectual capacity, depression, anxiety, and personality changes
  10. Fatigue
  11. Seizures
  12. Coarse hair
  13. Brittle nails
  14. Psoriasis
  15. Dry skin
  16. Chronic itching
  17. Tooth decay
  18. Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  19. Muscle weakness
  20. Cataracts
  21. Osteoporosis symptoms (a backache; a gradual loss of height and an accompanying stooped posture; fractures of the spine, wrist, or hip)

What happens if you consume too much Calcium?

Consuming too much calcium, especially in the form of calcium supplements, can lead to constipation and kidney stones. The Institute of Medicine recommends healthy men and women limit their daily calcium consumption to 2,000 to 2,500 milligrams. Taking too much calcium may also lead to side effects such as dry mouth, a continuing headache, increased thirst, irritability, loss of appetite, depression, a metallic taste in the mouth, and fatigue.

Find out how much Calcium is present in your food product today! Call +91-7042492166 or mail to us at info@fraclabs.org to know more about other vitamins and minerals present in food and about their safe limit of consumption.

Summer Training – 2017 Batch Starts

Summer training for students commencing at FICCI Research and Analysis Centre. Enroll now! Contact 7042492163!


Hi guys! Thought of where to get your summer training from, yet? Well, no better opportunity than FICCI itself! FICCI Research and Analysis Centre is starting off with the 2017 batches for trainings. This time we have opened up training program for

Advanced Course on Quality Assurance of Food & Environmental Safety

Get hands on experience from professionals who have been instrumental in major projects such as the Ambient Air Monitoring during Delhi Government’s Odd-Even formula! Get to learn only from the best in the industry! The topics covered are :

Laboratory Section What we got for you!
Wet Chemistry / Chemical LabWhere all the scientists titrate and mix and play with all the chemicals! Oh and yes! Sugar and spice, everything nice just a little drop of CHEMICAL X!
  • Water Testing
  • Testing of Oils
  • Adulteration Tests in Milk
  • Food Additives
Intrument SectionWhere machines are your slaves. Fancy someone doing your job for you? Plotting your graphs, solving your Fourier Transforms and Integrations and telling you whats in your food? Place to be!
  • Food additives and Preservatives
  • Heavy Metals
  • Pesticides
  • Antibiotics
MicrobiologyYou know? We got live bacteria in here? Like within incubation chambers? Like you gotta wear those “Area Cordon Off Masks”? And we got deep freezers to give you the chills! Here you tell if the person is going to fall ill, before he eats food! How sick! (pun intended)
  • Basic microbiology techniques
  • Instruments used in Microbiology
  • Enumeration of Total Plate Counts
  • Yeast & Mould
  • Bacillus Cereus
  • Escherichia coli
  • Salmonella
Environment LaboratoryThe air your breath, the sludge that exists from the factory, noise we create. Everything studied about pollution in high-school, you get to practically learn about its Environmental Impact here! Sounds cool, doesn’t it? Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM- PM 10), Particulate Matter (PM 2.5), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Ozone (O3), Ammonia (NH3), Volatile Organic Carbon (as Benzene), Light Intensity, Noise Level, Particulate Matter (PM), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Oxygen (O2), Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

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Kindly inform us when you remit your payment at the provided contact details.

Excited yet? Get in touch with us through this simple form below to know more about the courses and the seats available! We welcome all aboard!

Happy Faces from previous batch! #selfietime
Happy Faces from previous batch! #selfietime

FICCI Research and Analysis Centre’s New Capabilities

The institute continuously works on new method developments with the aim of providing better, accurate and wider range of testing services. With the purchase of the new LCMS-MS from Water’s Corporation, within a month, the following new methods have been developed at FRAC.


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre is an NABL accredited, FSSAI empanelled and BIS certified laboratory, that carries an experience of over 25 years in providing analytical services for food and beverages. Recently, FRAC got recognised as an Environmental Laboratory under the Environment Protection Act of 1986, by CPCB, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, to carry out Environment Impact Analysis projects.

The institute continuously works on new method developments with the aim of providing better, accurate and wider range of testing services. With the purchase of the new LCMS-MS from Water’s Corporation, within a month, the following new methods have been developed at FRAC.

Pesticides: FRAC is now capable of testing all the pesticides as per the requirements of the Food Safety Act 2006. The groups of these pesticides are : Organochlorine Group, Organophosphorous Group, Triazines, Fungicides/Insectisides, Pyrimidines, Triazoles, Imidazole, Phthalimide, Nicotinoides, Aliphatic Nitrogen Fungicides, Morpholine, Natural Product Derivatives, Herbicides Group, Benzimidazole Funzicide, Pyrithroides, Carbamates, Inorganic Bromide, Dithiocarbamates, Strobilurin, Phenyl Pyrazole, Nitrophenyl ether, Plant Growth Regulator, Antimicrobial pesticides

Antibiotics: Antibiotic resistance is a looming public health crisis. International, national, and local antibiotic stewardship campaigns have been developed to encourage prudent use of and limit unnecessary exposure to antibiotics, with the ultimate goal of preserving their effectiveness for serious and life-threatening infections. The list of antibiotics that we test are as follows :

Amino-Acids: The list of amino acids that are now tested in our facility are: Arginine, Lysine, Methionine, Cysteine, Treptofan, Histidine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Tretinoin, Valine, Tyrosine, Glycine

Synthetic Preservatives: Sorbic acid and salts, Benzoic acid and salts, Ascorbyl palmitate, Ascorbic acid, BHA, BHT, TBHQ, Propyll gallate

To know more about our latest developments, feel free to contact us through any of these channels:

a. Call us at +91-1145333500/529 or +91-7042492166

b. EMail at info@fraclabs.org

c. Visit our blogs at fraclabs.wordpress.com

d. Check out our Website : www.fraclabs.org

e. Connect with us on our social media pages :

i. Facebook : www.facebook.com/ficciresearchandanalysiscentre

ii. Twitter : @FRAC_labs

iii. LinkedIN : www.linkedin.com/company/ficci-research-and-analysis-centre

FRAC Goes Unstoppable! Now Performs All Pesticides as per FSSAI!


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC) is on a spree of developing new test methods to perform various new tests of parameters with more accurate results, shorter Turn Around Time and more cost effective!

Recently developments included :

  1. New Test Method for testing of Taurine
  2. Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

And within days since the last development on pesticides testing on fresh fruits and vegetables, FRAC’s highly competent Technical Team has developed testing facility for conducting analysis of the entire list of pesticides that have been prescribed by FSSAI.

FICCI Research and Analysis Centre’s location:

The Technical Team floated the great news to all:

Dear All,

It is to inform you, that optimization process for the quantitative determination of pesticides “as mentioned under FSSAI (i.e. list of 149 pesticides)”  has been completed by instrument lab using LC-MSMS. Hence from now onwards, all the pesticides as per FSSAI shall be analyzed In-House. The attachment has a list of total 231 pesticides along with other parameters, which now need not to be sent to other lab for analysis.

Point to remember: No subcontracting to be done for analysis of pesticides and other parameters listed in the attachment. (As per FSSAI and all other regulatory body)

The list of Pesticides can be downloaded from here: FRAC Pesticides

Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables


In a recent development, FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC Labs)  has purchased an all new latest model of LCMS-MS manufactured by Waters which has enabled FRAC to perform a variety of new tests in-house and provide highly accurate results in a shorter Turn Around Time (TAT).

One such development has been the development of the testing methods of Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and vegetables.

Read Also: Benefits of consuming juice extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables

The technical team at FRAC floated this great news all around, after working hard on new developments and testing facilities :

Read More: More new developments at FRAC. Now Taurine too can be tested at FRAC

Dear All,

Request you to be informed, that analytical method for the quantitative determination of 42 pesticides (in samples of “Fresh Fruits & Vegetables”) by LC-MSMS has been developed by Instrument lab.

The list of parameters that have been developed are as follows:

List of new pesticides that can now be tested by FRAC
List of new pesticides that can now be tested by FRAC

Get Industrial Training and Certified!

Register for a hands-on training and certification program from FICCI Research and Analysis Centre! Get industrial training from Microbiology, Instruments and Chemical laboratories!


Summers have begun and soon it would be time for your summer breaks from the college! So what have you planned for the vacations? Nice time at some hill station? Or looking out for a skill enhancement training and certification to build a career in testing laboratory?

FICCI Research and Analysis Centre welcomes all students pursuing their bachelors / post graduation for a training-cum-certification summer program!

As part of the summer training program, you will be inducted into our chemical, instrument and microbiology facilities for a period of 1 month or 45 days depending on the program you choose with respective curriculum for each facility. Both training programs focus majorly on providing you a rich hands-on industrial training experience covering popular and important content that is highly relevant to this industry and essential for the trainees to know. The training programs are fully assessed through weekly assignments and a test, on the basis of which a graded certificate of training is awarded.

Important Dates:

Registration for May, June and July 2016 sessions start March 15, 2016. You may drop an email regarding any query at info@fraclabs.org and/or call/whatsapp on 7042492163.

Training Program Dates:

S. No. Program Starting and Ending Dates
1 a. May 1 month May 2 to May 31, 2016
b. May 45 days May 2 to June 15, 2016
2 a. June 1 month June 1 to June 30, 2016
b. June 45 days June 1 to July 15, 2016
3 a. July 1 month July 1 to July 29, 2016
b. July 45 days July 1 to August 16, 2016

Training Sessions:

Morning session from 10 am to 1 pm and Afternoon session from 2 pm to 5 pm are offered. Sessions are offered on first come first serve basis. As we have limited seats, in case you are interested in the morning session, we advise you to fulfill your formalities at the earliest.

Training Requirements (Documents):

  • A college recommendation letter. For a group of trainees from the same college, a common college recommendation letter is acceptable.
  • College ID proof
  • Address Proof
  • 2 passport sized photos
  • Resume (CV)
  • Program fee: Rs. 5700 for the one month program and Rs. 7700 for the 45 day program. These prices are all inclusive and can be paid in cash by you or your relative at the reception or by cheque or DD in favor of “FICCI RESEARCH & ANALYSIS CENTRE.” A special concession can be offered if a group of at least 5 trainees are arranged from the same college. Kindly call me on 7042492163 to discuss if this is the case.

NOTE:

  1. Your seat is only confirmed upon full payment of fees. A confirmation mail shall be sent.
  2. In case you cannot come to submit the documents yourself, your relative can do so on your behalf, and if the above is not possible, you may send us the scanned documents via mail to anand@fraclabs.org and courier the cheque or DD to our address FICCI Research and Analysis Centre, Plot 2A, Sector 8, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110077, keeping Mr. Anand Gulati ( Manager – Training & Development) in  kind attention. The hard copies of the documents can be submitted on the day you start your training.
  3. If you are paying by cheque or DD, kindly mention your full name, the chosen program details – month and program duration (May /June/July; 1 month or 45 days program), and the session opted (morning or afternoon) behind the cheque or DD for easy identification and immediate processing.
  4. Weekends off!

 

Register NOW!

Everything you need to know about Amino Acids!

You need essential amino acids in your daily diet because your body cannot make them. If you do not get essential amino acids in your diet, proteins break down, resulting in muscle loss and problems with repair. Amino acids, which are building blocks of proteins, can be essential, non-essential or conditional.


Your body needs more than 20 total amino acids to build and repair muscles and tissues. The nine essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.

Amino acids in food make up protein. When protein is digested it is once again broken down into specific amino acids, that are then selectively put together for different uses. These new proteins formed in the body are what make up most solid matter in the body: skin, eyes, heart, intestines, bones and, of course, muscle.

That’s why understanding what each of these aminos can do and getting more of them in your diet can be very beneficial to reaching specific goals, such as muscle building. Of course, one mustn’t exaggerate, because a good protein balance is what provides health and stability, without it any of the amino acids can become toxic.

An issue that has been brought up in the case of phenylalanine, but holds true for all amino acids. To counter potential harmful effects, getting enough vitamins and minerals is important because they insure proper conversion of protein to amino and vice versa.

Depending on who you talk to, there are around 20 to 22 standard amino acids. Of those 20-22, 8 to 10 of them are considered essential, which means that you need to get a certain amount of them in your diet to function properly – our bodies cannot synthesize them from other materials, so we only get them from food.

Since aminos are the building blocks of protein, I’m sure you get plenty of all of them, but this article will show you the benefits of supplementing with extra free form amino acids, going in to deep detail of what too much or too little of several of them can do, what they do in the body and how much and when you should use them.

Next to the 8 essential amino acids, there are around 14 non-essential amino acids and a whole host of other metabolites classed as amino acids which are derived from the 8 essential ones. Next to the 8 essential aminos, I will try to discuss a number of them that have made the headlines recently: L-Glutamine, L-Arginine, L-Carnitine, L-Cysteine, and HMB.

Source: Body Building Guide

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You need essential amino acids in your daily diet because your body cannot make them. If you do not get essential amino acids in your diet, proteins break down, resulting in muscle loss and problems with repair. Amino acids, which are building blocks of proteins, can be essential, non-essential or conditional. Non-essential and conditional amino acids are made in your system, so you do not need to worry about consuming them each day. Knowing which foods provide all or some of the essential amino acids helps you make sure you body gets adequate amounts. Source: Healthy Eating

 

Quality Policy


We, at FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC), are comitted to ensure the reliability, reproducibility and traceability of analytical data generated for the samples analyzed by us.FRAC follows all international standards of testing. Our aim is to achieve the highest degree of customer satisfaction through following:

FRAC follows all international standards of testing. Our aim is to achieve the highest degree of customer satisfaction through following:

  • Q uality system to follow ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for all our activities, procedures and documentation
  • U nderstanding the need and ensuring that all team members are adequately qualified to provide time bound reliable and accurate testing services to the customers
  • lways reassuring our accuracy and highest quality works by organizing / participating in PT, ILC and IQC programmes.
  • everaging standards and methods that are nationally/internationally approved to attain the highest degree of reproducibility.
  • I nvolving all people to strictly adhere to the confidentiality and integrity of all our activities.
  • T eam spirit within the organization for continous improvement and mutual support.
  • earning to improve our quality works through continous and innovative upgradation.

quality-policy

 

Get Your Samples Tested Today!

We are NABL accredited, BIS Certified, DPCC and FSSAI Empanelled; our testing scope includes testing of all Foods, Beverages and Environment (air, noise, waste water, hazardous waste).


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre is placed at: Plot 2A, Sector 8, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110077.
We are NABL accredited, BIS Certified, DPCC and FSSAI Empanelled; our testing scope includes testing of all Foods, Beverages and Environment (air, noise, waste water, hazardous waste).

Give us a call at : 011-45333500 / 29

Or drop us a mail at : info@fraclabs.org

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Project Saksham : A Training Program

Project Saksham was a week long program to improve the competency in water testing. The training included Chemical and Microbiological Analysis in water.


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre housed a national level training program at the Dwarka laboratory, New Delhi, code name : Project Saksham.

Project Saksham was a week long program to improve the competency in water testing. The training included Chemical and Microbiological Analysis in water.

FRAC has been conducting such training programs for many food / beverage manufacturers. Freshers who have entered this industry gain hands-on experience and perform analysis at the in-house labs of their organization.