Tag Archives: antioxidants

Mediterranean diet and liver steatosis: the importance of polyphenols

In November 2010 UNESCO officially recognized the Mediterranean diet as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and defines it as a “set of traditional practices, knowledge and skills passed on from generation to generation, providing a sense

Mitochondrial [dys]function; culprit in pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia, a serious condition of late pregnancy, characterized by high blood pressure and increased protein in the urine in the second-half of pregnancy. This condition affects 5% of first time mothers and is associated with significant maternal

Antireductants – essential counterparts of antioxidants

The hype around ‘antioxidants for health’ largely overshadows the existence of antireductants. While antioxidants by definition decrease oxidative stress, antireductants decrease reductive stress (Fig. 1). Despite opposite reactivities, antioxidants and antireductants have in common that they are

Can antioxidants benefit the diabetic kidney?

People who have diabetes are at high risk of developing kidney disease that may require dialysis or transplantation. This has been known for a long time but there is still a need for new ways to prevent

How plants survive during drought seasons? Polyphenols: the natural antioxidants

The earth has a variety of ecosystems. One of them is the semiarid regions characterized by seasonal rainfalls and long periods of drought. The native plants species of these environments have the ability to survive and maintain

How does the antioxidant biliverdin work?

Antioxidants as food supplements are all the rage. Antioxidants include vitamins C and E and the compound family of the flavonoids, the strongly dark-blue or red-colored compounds found in fruits, such as blueberries or blackberries, or in

Exciting new research development in the treatment of obesity

Obesity is a major problem in the United States. In fact, it is a worldwide epidemic.  One third of the US population is overweight. Another third is Obese.  The definition of obesity is a Body Mass Index

Physical activity and diet: the two pillars of hercules for health and wellbeing

News by the World Health Organization over the past few days claimed that eating too much red meat has been related to health adverse events including shorter lifespan, cardiovascular disease, and cancers. Remembering Paracelso aphorism: “Sola dosis