Category Archives: Phenolic Acids

Bitter Orange (Citrus aurantium): Anxiety Cure?

Bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) is a type of citrus tree native to Asia, but which is now found all over the World. Other common names for bitter orange include Seville orange, sour orange, bigarade orange or malalade orange. Bitter orange … Continue reading

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The Phytochemistry of Sour Date (Ziziphus jujuba)

Sour date is an adaptogenic herb scientifically known as Ziziphus jujuba and belonging to the Rhamnaceae family. Sour dates produce a fruit called a drupe, which can be dried and used for its medicinal properties. Other parts of the plant … Continue reading

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Cherries Lower Blood Pressure

Fruits and vegetables contain may phytochemicals that have been shown to have beneficial effects on physiological function. Studies have investigated the components within fruits and vegetables that could be beneficial. Many of these chemicals fall into the polyphenols group, which … Continue reading

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Cherries Lower Blood Pressure

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Antioxidants: Don’t Forget Coffee

Evidence suggests that tea contains high amounts of antioxidants. These antioxidants have been measured and their bioavailability in humans evidenced. Green tea is particularly high in catechins (flavan-3-ols) and black tea contains high amounts of theaflavins and thearubigins. These chemicals … Continue reading

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Flavonoid Effects: Is Metabolism Essential?

Flavonoids are a heterogenous group of polyphenolic molecules that may confer health benefits to animals and humans. Flavonoids are secondary metabolites of plants are accumulate in particular plant tissues, usually the outer layers such as peels. Different plants have different … Continue reading

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Antioxidants in Whole Grain Cereals

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Whole Olives

Olive oil has been researched with regard its beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease. While polyunsaturated fatty acids do appear to show some protective effects against cardiovascular disease, the cardioprotective effects of the monounsaturated fatty acids that predominate in olive oil … Continue reading

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How Do Plant Foods Prevent Cancer?

arcinogenesis is an incredibly complex process and the exact aetiology is not fully understood. Mainstream medicine has failed to make any progress at reducing cancer rates because the paradigm adopted by the pharmaceutical companies is one that seeks maximum profit … Continue reading

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Procyanidin Absorption

Flavan-3-ols are a group of flavonoids present in commonly eaten foods such as tea, apples and wine. The main flavan-3-ols are (+)-catechin and (-)-epicatechin, which can form various compounds by bonding to gallic acid (figure 1). Epidemiological evidence suggests that … Continue reading

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