Antioxidants are substances that protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules made by the process of oxidation during normal metabolism). Free radicals may play a part in cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other diseases of aging. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins A, C, and E, and other natural and manufactured substances.
At present, cannabidiol has found considerable use not just in the world of cosmetics but also in nutrition and pharmaceutics due to its therapeutic potential.
Many plants, including legumes, make naturally occurring chemicals called saponins. For example, the medicinal plant licorice produces the saponin glycyrrhizin, a potent natural sweetener that also has antiviral and other pharmacological activity. Soyasaponins, found in soybeans, have anticarcinogenic and antioxidant properties.
Broiler chicken producers the world over are all too familiar with coccidiosis, a parasite-borne intestinal disease that stalls growth and winnows flocks.
Different plants and their products contain “bioactive” components that can reduce human diseases.
AZoLifeSciences speaks to Dr. Lisa Dean about how her team have created an antioxidant-boosting milk chocolate using peanut skins.
Heather is a source of useful biologically active substances that have antitumor, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, neuroprotective, and cardioprotective effects.
Flavonoid compounds -- produced by the roots of some sorghum plants -- positively affect soil microorganisms, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery is an early step in developing a frost-resistant line of the valuable crop for North American farmers.
According to a study the enzyme called serine palmitoyl-transferase can be utilized as a metabolically responsive “switch” that reduces the growth of tumor.
It is a fact that has long baffled doctors: Cancer in the small intestine is quite rare, whereas colorectal cancer, a neighboring though much smaller organ, is one of the leading causes of cancer death for men and women. What is it about the colon that seems to "attract" cancer?
Fruit and vegetable byproducts have beneficial effects on the gut
Oxidative stress is the result of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, and can be damaging to cells and tissues.
Scientists at the Department of Infection and Immunity of the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) revealed a novel mechanism through which the immune system can control autoimmunity and cancer.
A group of scientists has developed a fast and cost-effective method of detecting and identifying bioactive compounds in samples such as plant extracts.
Antioxidants are one of the most widely investigated compounds due to their role in protecting living systems from the negative effects of free radicals.
Research findings suggest gut microbes can affect allergic immune responses.
Cold-brew might be a popular trend in coffee-making, but little is known about the way this process changes the chemical characteristics of the drink.
Taste is a key factor in determining which food and drink items consumers buy.