Category Archives: Antioxidant

Therapeutics of Vanillic Acid

Vanillic acid is a polyphenolic phytochemical. Like all polyphenols, vanillic acid is derived from benzoic acid through enzymatic reactions in plant cells. In cuisine, vanillic acid is used as a flavour enhancer and preservative, and this latter role is possible … Continue reading

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Crataegus pinnatifida Fruit as a Source of Flavonoids

Crataegus pinnatifida is a plant that has been evidenced to possess medicinal properties. In particular studies show that a number of health effects may relate to consumption of various parts of the plant including protection from heart disease and mood … Continue reading

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Antioxidants in Lettuce

Lettuce is an important vegetable for the luxury market where low energy intake where low energy foods are desired. Lettuce has a high water content and is devoid of any real calorific value. However, many varieties of lettuce do have … Continue reading

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Vitamin C and Vitamin E Synergism

Vitamin C and vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols) are important antioxidants in human nutrition. Studies show that both antioxidants are essential to health and both play a similar although distinct role in protecting cells from the damage caused by free … Continue reading

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Exercise Stress: The Effects of Antioxidants

Antioxidants may have significant benefits to athletes. Exercise is a form of stress, and the detrimental effects of exercise, at least in the short term, may be a significant increase in the generation of free radicals and oxidative stress. This … Continue reading

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Oxidative Stress and Cortisol Resistance

Cortisol is a stress hormone that is released in response to environmental stress. Cortisol is considered one of the major stress hormones in humans while corticosterone performs a similar role in animals. One of the functions of cortisol is to … Continue reading

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The Health Benefits of Parsley

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is most commonly used for its culinary effects. Parsley is native to the Meditarranean region and belongs to the Apiaceae family of plants. However, parsley also possesses a number of health effects that explains its use in … Continue reading

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Black Chokeberry: Anti-Anxiety Fruit

The black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) is a species of shrub that belongs to the Rocaceae (rose) family of plants. The tree is found throughout Northern America and Canada and Europe. The berries are rich in polyphenols, with the dark red … Continue reading

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The Vitamin C Content of Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a rich source of antioxidants. One of the most researched antioxidants in tomatoes is the red pigment lycopene, a carotenoid that has been shown to be beneficial to prostate health. However, tomatoes are also a rich source of … Continue reading

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The Vitamin C and Polyphenol Content of Peaches

Fruit is an excellent source of nutrients, particularly antioxidants. Peaches contain high amounts of vitamin C and polyphenols, both of which have been shown to have antioxidant effects in humans and animals. Studies have investigated the vitamin C and polyphenol … Continue reading

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