Category Archives: Phytochemistry

Are Phytochemicals and Fibre Essential to the Health?

Well considering human nutrition, the essential nutrients that are known to be required for health include 8 to 12 amino acids, vitamin, minerals, 2 essential fatty acids, water and sunlight. These elements are required for health and without them, the … Continue reading

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Berries, Jam and Health

A large body of research suggests that fruit berries have significant positive health effects. In particular, the antioxidants and fibre in berries may play a role in preventing disease. Some evidence also supports the health effects of berry sugars, particularly … Continue reading

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Oxidative Stress and Mood Disorders

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Chamomile (American Spelling: Camomile) (Chamomilla recutita)

Phytochemistry: Chamomile extracts contain a number of important phytochemicals which may provide its medicinal properties. These include a number of terpenoids, coumarins, phenolic acids and flavonoids. Chamomile also contains an essential oil. Flavonoids and phenolic acids are good antioxidants and … Continue reading

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Phytochemistry: The exact phytochemical composition of honey varies depending on the flower that the bees have been visiting. Honey is a source of a number of sugars including glucose, fructose, and smaller amounts of sucrose. A number of trisaccharides such … Continue reading

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Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

Phytochemistry: The phytochemicals in jiaogulan responsible for it adaptogenic properties are  thought to be a group of triterpene saponins called gypenosides. These include a large number of structurally similar terpene derivatives including gynosaponin TN-1, gynosaponin TN-2, gypenoside XLV, and gypenoside … Continue reading

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Chocolate / Cocoa (Theobroma cacao)

Phytochemistry: Chocolate / Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) contains a group of phytochemicals called N-acylethanolamines (NAEs). These can include N-linoleoyl ethanolamide, N-oleoylethanolamide and palmitoyl ethanolamide (PEA). These phytochemicals inhibit the breakdown of natural cannabinoid chemicals in the brain by inhibiting an enzyme … Continue reading

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Camomile / Chamomile

Phytochemistry: camomile (chamomile: Matricaria chamomilla or Matricaria recutita or chamomilla recutita) contains a number of phytochemicals that may have medicinal effects. These include the flavonoids apigenin, quercetin, luteolin and patuletin, the benzopyrone coumarin and the sesquiterpene farnesene and the sesquiterpene derivative chamazulene. The … Continue reading

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Pine Bark

Phytochemistry: contains proanthocyanidins. These are polymers of the same catechin flavonoids in green tea. Also called oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) Uses: useful as a general antioxidant tonic, can also be used to treat issues relating to blood vessel breakdown or circulatory … Continue reading

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