An apple plus a brazil nut a day keeps the doctors away: antioxidant capacity of foods and their health benefits

An apple plus a brazil nut a day keeps the doctors away: antioxidant capacity of foods and their health benefits

Author Bucalen Ferrari, Carlos Kusano Google Scholar
Percario, Sandro Google Scholar
Silva, Jose Carlos Costa Baptista da Silva Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ferraz da Silva Torres, Elizabeth Aparecida Google Scholar
Abstract Antioxidant-rich foods scavenge free radicals and other reactive species, decreasing the risk of different non-communicable chronic diseases. The objective of this study was to review the content of total antioxidant capacity of commonly foods comparing with experimental data and to explore the health benefits due to foods with moderate to high TAC. The TAC was analytically measured using the "Total Antioxidant Capacity" (NX2332) test from Randox (R) (UK) by spectrometry at 600 nm. Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa), "guarana" (Paullinia cupana Kunth) powder, ready to drink boiled coffee (Coffea arabica L.), and milk chocolate (made from seeds of Theobroma cacao) had the highest TAC values, followed by collard greens (Brassica oleracea L.), beets (Beta vulgaris L.), apples (Malus domestica Borkh.), bananas (Musa paradisiaca), common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris), oranges (Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck), onions (Allium cepa L.), and lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.). Other foods also showed antioxidant capacity. The binomial antioxidant capacity of foods and health was extensively discussed according to science literature. Based on the high TAC content of Brazil nuts, guarana, coffee, chocolate, collard greens, apples, beets, beans, oranges, onions and other foods, their regular dietary intake is strongly recommended to reduce the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases.
Keywords Antioxidant Capacity
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cerebrovascular Diseases
CancerGuarana Paullinia-Cupana
Coffee Consumption
Oxidative Stress
Functional Foods
Grape Juices
Red Wine
Language English
Date 2016
Published in Current Pharmaceutical Design. Sharjah, v. 22, n. 2, p. 189-195, 2016.
ISSN 1381-6128 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Bentham science publ ltd
Extent 189-195
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000372070400009

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