Astaxanthin 6000 Times More Powerful Than Vitamin C

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Stay In The Pink With Astaxanthin

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In a test that specifically measures the ability to neutralize a particularly unstable and destructive type of free radical called singlet oxygen, astaxanthin proved to be up to:

  • 40 times stronger than beta-carotene
  • 100 times stronger than vitamin E
  • 800 times stronger than CoQ10
  • and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C!

What else can astaxanthin do for you? Check out Nutrition News “In The Pink With Astaxanthin”

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Eating Chocolate Daily Could Reduce Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk

Chocolate Stilleto

However, it is important to differentiate between the the processed product chocolate and natural product cocoa, which is an energy-dense food.

Plus physical activity, diet and other lifestyle factors must be carefully balanced to avoid detrimental weight gain over time.

On top of that, you have to know what phytochemical-rich foods are. Just for a little chocolate each day. Pay the price. You know you want to.


Eating chocolate each day could reduce heart disease and diabetes risk

Thank goodness we have another study

28/04/2016 14:45 GMT Warwick, University of

A new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition appears to back up the adage that a little of what you fancy does you good. Including a small amount of chocolate each day could help prevent diabetes and insulin resistance. That’s one of the research findings from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the University of Warwick Medical School, the University of South Australia and the University of Maine.
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Full bibliographic information 

Ala’a Alkerwi, Nicolas Sauvageot, Georgina E. Crichton, Merrill F. Elias, Saverio Stranges; Daily chocolate consumption is inversely associated with insulin resistance and liver enzymes in the Observation of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Luxembourg study, British Journal of Nutrition Br J Nutr. 2016 Mar 17:1-8; doi: 10.1017/S0007114516000702

Pycnogenol® Improves Fitness and Muscle Recovery

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Tiny Changes To Bioflavinoids Yield Large Impacts On Bio-Activity

Little Changes – Large Effects

30 August 2013 York, University of

Dietary Flavinoids, GrapefuritScientists at the University of York have discovered that very small chemical changes to dietary flavonoids cause very large effects when the plant natural products are tested for their impact on the human immune system.

Plants are capable of making tens of thousands of different small molecules – an average leaf for example, produces around 20,000. Many of these are found in a typical diet and some are already known to have medicinal properties with effects on health, diseases and general well-being.

Now plant biologists and immunologists at York have joined forces to examine a very closely related family of these small molecules (flavonoids) to establish how tiny changes to their chemical structures affect their bio-activity.

The research, published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, has important implications for diet and in the development of new pharmaceuticals from plant natural products.

Researchers from the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) and the Centre for Immunology and Infection (CII) in the University’s Department of Biology designed experiments to test the bioactivity of plant-derived flavonoids.

Professor Dianna Bowles, a plant biochemist and founding Director of CNAP, led the research with Professor Paul Kaye, the Director of CII, who developed the robust assay system involving human cells to assess the impacts of the different structures.

Professor Bowles, who referred to the research in a panel discussion on ‘Nature’s Marvellous Medicines at the recent Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, said: “We were measuring how flavonoids affected the production of inflammatory mediators by cells stimulated by microbial products. We found that the way in which a flavonoid scaffold was decorated had massive effects on how the cells responded.

If a methyl group was attached at one site, there would be no effect; methylate another site, and the cells would produce far greater amounts of these inflammatory mediators. Therefore, the site of attachment on the structural scaffold was all-important in determining the bioactivity of the small molecule.

“Plant products in our diet have immense

molecular diversity and consequently

also have a huge potential for

affecting our health and well being.

We are only at the beginning of

discovering the multitude of their effects.”


Professor Kaye added:  “The research demonstrates the level of control that the shape of a molecule can have on its recognition by our immune system cells. This is really important since we can use information such as this to design new drugs for clinical use, as novel immunomodulators, for example”.

Epidemiological Evidence Connecting Blueberries and Reduced Cardio Vascular Disease Risk

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of death worldwide. The primary risk factors for CVD are hyperlipidemia and hypertension (CDC 2011). Antioxidant-rich foods, such as blueberries, are high in phytochemicals such as flavonoids, polyphenols, anthocyanins and pterostilbene, are associated with a reduction in CVD risk and offer other benefits,including protection from oxidative stress and inflammation. (more…)

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