Oxidative Stress

Researchers should 'sum up the level of evidence available rather than test another new antioxidant extracted from a different fruit'. ©iStock/brozova

Antioxidant evidence is very weak, concludes review

By Eliot Beer

Evidence for the beneficial effects of antioxidants is very weak, and researchers should work harder to understand the mechanisms behind oxidative stress, an academic review has concluded.

Research that enhances compounds contained in broccoli may lead to a lower risk of coronary heart disease and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). ©iStock

Studies look to enhance broccoli’s ability to ward off disease

By Will Chu

Research that enhances compounds contained in broccoli may lead to a lower risk of coronary heart disease and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to two studies that reinforce the vegetable’s reputation as a superfood.

The power of antioxidants in lowering the risk of chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma, and Crohn's disease has been well documented. © iStock.com / Daniela Andreea Spyropoulos

Special Edition: Antioxidants, polyphenols and carotenoids

Inflamed & stressed: Rejuvenating antioxidants in big demand

By Will Chu

Healthy ageing and the insights garnered from micronutrient studies could help drive demand for products that reduce inflammation and ease oxidative stress on the body, according to industry experts.

Photo: Simon A. Eugster/Wikimedia Commons

Curcumin may aid fat loss in rats

By Adi Menayang

Curcumin may help mitigate metabolic and oxidative alterations caused by hormone deprivation in events such as menopause, suggests a new study with rats. 

There's a thin line between toxic and healthy, say researchers looking at the shifting perceptions of antioxidants

Healthy or toxic? The conflicting images of antioxidants

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Benefit-risk ratios must be established for each antioxidant separately, considering risk groups and dosage, according to researchers reviewing polarised perceptions of vitamin E and beta-carotene.

A diet rich in cocoa could help to ward off intestinal diseases, suggests the rat based research.

Cocoa may prevent intestinal disease: Rat study

By Nathan Gray

Eating cocoa could help to prevent intestinal disease and complaints linked to oxidative stress, including colon cancer caused by chemical substances, suggests new research in rats.

astaxanthin may reduce oxidative stress in overweight/obese people

Astaxanthin shows benefits for obese health

By Stephen Daniells

Daily supplements containing astaxanthin, the pink pigment that gives salmon its color, may boost the body’s antioxidants defenses in obese people, says a new study from South Korea.

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