Category Archives: Antioxidant

Age-Related Greying of Hair

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Cacao Beans, Cocoa and Antioxidants

Cocoa powder is a processed derivative of the Theobroma cacao plant. Cocoa is made by roasting and grinding the beans, a process that is similar to making ground coffee from the coffee bean. The roasting of the beans is a … Continue reading

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Is There A ‘Best’ Antioxidant?

Dietary antioxidants have been shown to promote health. This may relate to their ability to inhibit free radicals reduce oxidative stress. Most dietary antioxidants originate from plants, and this may be one reason that a high plant diet can improve … Continue reading

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Neuroprotective Compounds From Seaweed

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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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