Category Archives: Hydroxycinnamic Acids

Coumaric Acid: Anti-Anxiety Polyphenol

The hydroxycinnamates are polyphenols found in plants, including coffee, fruit and certain herbs. Hydroxycinnamates, like many polyphenols, have been shown to possess anti-anxiety effects. Coumaric acid is a hydroxylated derivative of cinnamic acid and is found in foods in three … Continue reading

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Chlorogenic Acid: Another Mood Elevating Polyphenol

Chlorogenic acid is a phytochemical that belongs to the hydroxycinnamate group of polyphenols. Chlorogenic acid is an ester of caffeic acid and quinic acid. As with caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid is an intermediate in the synthesis of lignin and therefore … Continue reading

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Walnuts: Brain Food

It is often claimed that brain diseases such as dementia are a result of an ageing population, but this theory is flawed for two main reasons. Firstly, Western individuals are not living longer compared to those from the early 20th … Continue reading

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An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Fruit consumption is associated with improved health outcomes. In particular those who consume more fruit have been observed to have lower rates of Western lifestyle diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and obesity. The reason that fruit is beneficial to … Continue reading

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Why Does Bruised Fruit Turn Brown?

Fruit is a rich source of polyphenols. Polphenols are chemicals that may give fruit some of its health promoting qualities in humans, where they are thought to function as antioxidants in plasma. Polyphenols are a diverse group of chemicals and … Continue reading

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Polyphenol Oxidases in Plants

Polyphenol oxidases are a group of copper containing enzymes found in plants, animals and bacteria. In plants, during fruit maturation, it is thought that polyphenol oxidases are largely responsible for the brown discolouration associated with ripening. This brown discolouration originates … Continue reading

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Glycaemic Effects of Coffee

Coffee is of interest to nutritional scientists because it has been shown to contain a number of chemicals with biological action in humans. The most widely known of these is caffeine, which has been shown to activate the sympathetic nervous … Continue reading

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