Health Benefits of Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a very potent antioxidant that we’ll be hearing more and more about over the coming years.  Specifically, it functions as a carotenoid antioxidant though it does not get converted to vitamin A.  Though it’s a ubiquitous pigment found in the marine environment which  provides the pinkish-red color to lobsters, shrimp, salmon, and crayfish,…

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Benefits of Marine Pine Bark Extract – Pycnogenol?

Extracts of Pinus pinaster have a long history in traditional medicine or ethnomedicine.  Commonly, these extracts are referred to as marine pine bark extract–they’re sold as a dietary supplement known by the proprietary name, Pycnogenol®. Marine pine bark extract has established antioxidant effects and potential use in promoting cardiovascular health.  In fact, its antioxidant effects…

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Red Grape Juice Consumption and Heart Disease

Red grape juice is a good source of polyphenols.  Polyphenols which were once known as ‘vitamin P’ are chemicals found in plants which may have antioxidant activity.  Further, these chemical substances found in plants may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. A recent study demonstrated that consumption of red grape juice concentrate reduces…

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Recent Study Highlights Protective Benefits of Green Tea

Benzene is an important industrial solvent which is used to make lubricants, dyes, detergents among other things…  However, benzene exposure can have serious adverse health effects including bone marrow suppression, cancer, anemia, and high level exposure can result even in death. This recent study demonstrates that green tea can reduce oxidative stress induced by benzene…

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