Category Archives: Antioxidant

Coffee: The Forgotten Health Drink?

When it comes to health benefits, tea gets much of the plaudits in the beverage world. Tea is considered a healthy drink because of the antioxidants it contains. These include catechins in green tea and thearubigins and theaflavins in black … Continue reading

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Oxidative Stress Prevention Diet

Oxidative stress is a condition in which free radicals damage body tissues. Oxidative Stress is thought to be a causative factor in many diseases including mood disorders, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Diet can be used to manipulate the amount of … Continue reading

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On The Chemistry of Green Tea Catechins

Green tea catechins are a group of flavonoids that have been shown to have biological effects in humans and animals. The catechins are absorbed from green tea and then have anti-cancer, cardioprotective and weight loss effects. However, green tea catechins … Continue reading

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The Antioxidant Components of Ginseng

Ginseng refers to Panax ginseng. Panax ginseng is also sometimes called Korean ginseng. Ginseng is characterised by the presence of adaptogenic substances called ginsenosides. These ginsenosides are able to suppress cortisol release and thereby modulate the stress reaction in humans. … Continue reading

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Ginseng as an Antioxidant

The active principle in Panax ginseng are thought to be a group of around 30 triterpenoid saponins called ginsenosides, which can be found in the leaf stem and berries of the ginseng plants. However, many other phytochemicals are present in … Continue reading

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Antidepressant Herbs as Antioxidants

A number of herbs are known for their antidepressant effects. Three popular herbal supplements that have this antidepressant effect are St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Ginkgo biloba and Apocynum venetum (Luobuma or sword-leaf dogbane). The antidepressant effects of these herbs … Continue reading

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The Phytochemistry of Convolvulus pluricaulis

Convolvulus pluricaulis is an Ayurvedic herb that is used to treat mental disorders originating from exposure to stress, including anxiety and depression. It may also have some cognitive enhancing properties. The whole plant of Convolvulus pluricaulis may be used medicinally, … Continue reading

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Are Berries Protective of Anxiety?

Fruits and vegetables may be protective of mood disorder because of the phytochemicals they contain. One group of phytochemicals in plant foods that have shown protective effects on mental health are the flavonoids. Berries are a rich source of flavonoid … Continue reading

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Inflammation, Oxidative stress and Mood Disorders

The biochemical changes that occur to cause depression and anxiety are of interest to researchers because an understanding of these factors can allow treatments to be found. It is known that mood disorders such as anxiety and depression are triggered … Continue reading

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Tualang Honey as an Anxiety Treatment

Tualang honey is a pure honey from Malaysia. The honey is made from a wide range of plants by Asian rock bees (Apis dorsata). In the process of creating their honey, the bees build a large honeycomb on branches of … Continue reading

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