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Combining Plant Compounds and Antioxidants Increasing in Popularity

Posted: December 22, 2008

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When commenting on the work being done in this area, Dr. David Gems a researcher in the biology of ageing at University College London, said these plant-based compounds that stimulate the antioxidant defence systems hold great promise. In comparison to substances that themselves have antioxidant properties, such as vitamin E, the compounds that stimulate a broad range of enzymes involved in antioxidant defence are much more effective, he said. “This is a whole arsenal of defenses against molecular damage, [in comparing antioxidants like vitamin E to those substances that stimulate antioxidant defence like green tea] we are comparing a pea shooter to an artillery battle,” said Gems., December 11, 2008