Monthly Archives: October 2017

Rooibos Tea Consumption Acutely Increases Plasma Antioxidant Capacity

Pre-clinical studies have shown that rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) tea possesses antioxidant effects.1 This antioxidant activity has been primarily attributed to polyphenolic constituents that include the unusual compounds aspalathin and nothofagin, as well as caffeic acid, protocatechuic acid, quercetin, rutin, isoquercitrin, and others.1 Fermentation of rooibos tea oxidizes many of these polyphenolic compounds. This randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover, clinical study was the first to

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Rooibos Tea: Research into Antioxidant and Antimutagenic Properties

Antioxidants are hot topics in the health news these days, and a herbal tea called rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) is becoming popular partly because it is being marketed as a healthy beverage with high levels of antioxidants. The rooibos plant (Aspalathus linearis (Burm. f.) Dahlgren, Fabaceae) is a South African flowering shrub used to make a mild-tasting tea that has no caffeine,

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Ergogenic Effects of Tongkat Ali

Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia, Simaroubaceae), also known as long jack, is a dioecious flowering shrub widely distributed in Southeast Asia and Indochina. An aqueous decoction of its roots is used traditionally to promote sexual health and fertility and to counter the effects of ageing. It is reported to have anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antimicrobial, and antioxidant activity. Other traditional uses include as

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Proprietary Bilberry Fruit Extract (Mirtoselect®) May Aid in Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye is a chronic disease that can damage the eye’s surface and diminish the quality of life and work productivity. Dry eye complications include discomfort, vision changes, compromised tear film, and inflammation of the eye’s surface. Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus, Ericaceae) extract may be beneficial in promoting eye health. In a previous study, Mirtoselect® (Indena S.p.A.; Milan, Italy), a natural bilberry

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