Category Archives: Antioxidant

Stress: How Does It Cause Mood Changes?

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Himsra: Liver Protective Herb (More Evidence)

Himsra (Capparis sepiaria) is a herb that has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic, Unani and Chinese medicine. Himsra has a number of physiological effects that relate to its antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity. These properties give the herb a beneficial … Continue reading

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Are Carotenoids Protective of Depression?

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What are Antioxidants and Do You Need Them?

In technical terms, free radicals are chemicals that possess unpaired electrons in their outer electron orbits. To the layman, free radicals are chemicals that are chemically reactive and are unstable. Free radicals can be present in humans and their reactivity … Continue reading

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Vitamin C Lowers High Blood Pressure

In life, sometimes the simplest things can be said to be the best. In the case of high blood pressure, what could be simpler than taking some vitamin C? The effectiveness of vitamin C tablets at lowering blood pressure was … Continue reading

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Flavonoids: What Are They, And Do You Need Them?

There is a growing wave of interest regarding the benefits of dietary antioxidants, and for good reason. Dietary antioxidants may play a pivotal role in disease prevention and the provision of optimal health. Antioxidants are chemicals that can inhibit free … Continue reading

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Proanthocyanidins and Theobromine: The Health Effects of Cocoa

Antioxidant phytochemicals found ubiquitously throughout the plant kingdom. Edible plants provide a wide diversity of antioxidants with rich sources being fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, tea, wine and chocolate. Evidence suggest that phytochemical antioxidants are beneficial to the health and may … Continue reading

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More On Flavonoids and Cardiovascular Disease

Flavonoids are a group of phytochemicals that belong to the polyphenol group. Flavonoids are present in a wide number of plant foods, particularly fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. A number of studies have suggested that there is a modest protective … Continue reading

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Green Tea Supplements: Are You Getting What You Think?

Green tea is a form of traditional tea made from the Camellia sinensis plant. Green tea has become a popular health supplement and is now widely available from health food stores. This relates to research showing beneficial effects for green … Continue reading

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Multivitamins Work: More Evidence

A large body of evidence suggests that nutrient deficiencies are widespread amongst Western living populations. This relates largely to the poor quality of the Western diet and the lack of high quality micronutrient dense foods in the diets of most … Continue reading

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