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article imageNew Year, New Diet: Enriching one's lifestyle with antioxidants

By Andrew Moran     Jan 16, 2013 in Health
Los Angeles - Instead of focusing on getting fit at the gym this year, why not dedicate that time to improving your diet? With antioxidants garnering a heavy amount of media attention as of late, a lot of people are turning to berries, broccoli, garlic and tomatoes.
For years, health experts and dietitians have been urging the general public to consume foods that are filled with antioxidants. Individuals concerned about their health are becoming more aware about what foods contain high levels of antioxidants, but what are they exactly?
“Antioxidants are nature’s secret weapon,” said Dr. Eva Selhub, an alternative medicine expert and teacher at Harvard Medical School, on the Dr. Oz Show. “They are what your body uses to protect itself by fighting disease and extending your life.”
Antioxidants, like Vitamins A, C and E and enzymes, are molecules that hinder the oxidation of other molecules. Studies have suggested that consumption of antioxidants can prevent fatal diseases, such as cancer and coronary heart disease. High levels of antioxidants can be found in the aforementioned, but also in spices, herbs, dried fruits and beans.
Even the National Cancer Institute has insisted that antioxidants are extremely important to fighting cancer because it can be found in a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables. It did note, though, that the conclusions in the published studies are not definitive or clear.
For instance, it was recently reported that Nobel laureate James Watson, PhD, believes antioxidants are more likely to cause than prevent cancer.
Nevertheless, the wonder of antioxidants has garnered a lot of attention as of late because Dr. Mehmet Oz, a surgeon and media personality, recently endorsed two antioxidant compounds on his television talk show that have been found in ChromaDex’s (CDXC) product lines: Pterostilbene and Cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G).
ChromaDex sells natural products that offer long-term solutions by giving natural ingredients to beverage, dietary supplement, food and pharmaceutical companies. It maintains more than 3,000 phytochemicals and 470 botanical reference items in its catalog to supply the market.
Pterostilbene is a stilbenoid chemically related to resveratol and is found in certain fruits. Since it is in the same group as phytoalexins, agents created by plants to fight infections, Pterostilbene can fight cognitive decline, including stress and memory, and even diabetes.
Meanwhile, C3G is an antioxidant that fights fat and can be found in black beans and black rice. It shuts down gene expression in cells that initiate fat storage, while also opening up gene expression in cells that start cell metabolism.
Dr. Selhub also listed chicoric acid on the Dr. Oz Show. It is a key antioxidant that can reduce stress, fight depression and battle body aches. Chicoric acid can be found in basil and chicory root powder.
Here is an in-depth report how to consume more antioxidants.
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