Antioxidants demonstrate brain health benefits

By Shane Starling

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Dr David Vauzour, a post-doctorate fellow at the University of Reading, is leading research into how antioxidants may improve brain function - with animal studies throwing up interesting results.

At the NutraIngredients Antioxidants 2010 conference in Brussels, Dr Vauzour explained how the interaction between antioxidant compounds and the architecture of the brain can produce benefits such as reduced rates of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration.

“Now we are moving forward using humans because the new technology such as MRI scans allows us to measure different compartments of the brains,” ​Dr Vauzour said.

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Posted by Richard,

The research data is now very conclusive that (-)-epicatechin monomers improve bloodflow. Cocoa, blueberries, apples and other fruits all contain (-)-epicatechin monomers.

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Posted by E.D.,

The first ingredient he mentioned was blueberries.

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which antioxidants

Posted by Charles Armes,

I didn't catch what the first antioxidant he mentioned was. Coco was the second. What fraction of the coco... any or just whole fraction given peroral?

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